Hundreds in Israeli jails join hunger strike

From Al Jazeera

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have joined a fellow inmate on a hunger strike, after human rights groups reported the original protester’s life was in danger.

Khader Adnan, widely believed to be a leader of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, has been refusing food since he was detained on December 17, without trial or charge.

Jamil Khatib, Adnan’s lawyer, told Al Jazeera on Sunday that an appeal against his detention will likely be decided by an Israeli military court on Monday.

On Thursday, Adnan appealed his detention without charge before an Israeli military judge sitting in a special session in hospital.

His hunger strike, longer than any Palestinian prisoner before him, according to Palestinian officials, is in protest over what he calls his unjust detention and mistreatment by Israeli authorities.

Human Rights Watch on Saturday called on Israel to “immediately charge or release” him.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement that Israel should “immediately end its unlawful administrative detention” of Khader Adnan and “charge or release him”.

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