Moment of Truth: Hunger Striker Khader Adnan Released

photo: Ma'an News Agency

Anyone who doubts the power of nonviolent resistance should study the case of Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan, who was imprisoned by Israel without charge or trial, fasted in protest for 66 days, lost almost 70 pounds, hovered painfully between life and death – and is now a free man.

From Ma’an News Agency:

Israeli authorities released former hunger-striking administrative detainee Khader Adnan late Tuesday … Adnan arrived at his home in Araba in the northern West Bank to meet his family before returning to a tent reception where he spoke to well-wishers and officials in the village.

Hundreds of Palestinians chanted slogans in solidarity with prisoners as they welcomed the former detainee, whose 66-day hunger strike inspired others to protest administrative detention.

In the meantime, the majority of the 4,699 Palestinians currently held in Israeli prisons refused meals on Prisoners’ Day – and 1,200 of them vow to hunger strike indefinitely to protest unfair conditions.

I’m particularly struck by Israel’s official response:

The Israeli Prisons Authority has coped with hunger strikes in the past and is prepared to cope with it now.

Ever the victim, they still don’t get it.

Palestinian nonviolent resistance is providing Israel with a very real moment of truth. Do they think that releasing Adnan will pacify their resolve? Trust me, this is only the very beginning…

Click here to read Khader Adnan’s remarks upon returning home to his family.

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