Until Righteousness Triumphs over Falsehood

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Abby Zimet

An Israeli military court has rejected the appeal of Khader Adnan against a 4-month “administrative detention” order, leaving the 33-year-old Palestinian prisoner near death as he enters the 60th day of a hunger strike. Amidst hundreds of Palestinians joining in a solidarity hunger strike, calls for international action and pleas from his wife for global action, Adnan sent out a letter vowing to continue his strike on behalf of "my dignity and my people’s dignity."

In a letter from Zeiv Hospital, delivered by Jalal Abu Wasil, a lawyer from the Palestinian ministry of prisoners affairs, Adnan said he only drinks water and that he has lost 42 kilograms.

“I started my battle offering my soul to God almighty and adamant to go ahead until righteousness triumphs over falsehood. I am defending my dignity and my people’s dignity and not doing this in vain.

"The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey,” Adnan wrote.

“Here I am in a hospital bed surrounded with prison wardens, handcuffed, and my foot tied to the bed. The only thing I can do is offer my soul to God as I believe righteousness and justice will eventually triumph over tyranny and oppression.

“I hereby assert that I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and international community look on.

"It is time the international community and the UN support prisoners and force the State of Israel to respect international human rights and stop treating prisoners as if they were not humans.”

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