A former Palestinian political prisoner, Sheikh Khader Adnan is known as the father of the hunger strikers - the symbol of Palestinian resistance and steadfastness, In 2011 he was abducted and caged indefinitely without any charged or trial under Israeli illegal system of punitive administrative detention. To protest his illegal imprisonment he went on hunger strike and won his freedom. His successful 66 day hunger strike in 2012 - the longest in Palestinian history at the time, inspired over 1600 other Palestinian prisoners to hunger strike. Since his release Sheikh Khader Adnan has been the voice of the Palestinian political prisoners, ceaselessly defending their rights at every opportunity and thus is a thorn in the side of the occupation.
Sheikh Khader Adnan is a father of 6 children. Youngest are triplets just 8 months old - Ali, Hamza and Mohammed; his other son is aged 2 - Abd-Al-Rahman. His two daughters are Maali - the eldest just 6 years old, and Besan 4 years old. Khader Adnan has a degree in Mathematics, and runs a bakery in the town of Arrabah near Jenin in the West Bank. On Tuesday (8th July 2014) he was returning home to share the Iftar meal with his family after the Ramadan fast when he was abducted at a temporary checkpoint the occupation had illegally set up near his home town. Since his abduction he is being held in limbo - he is denied a lawyer and his family are not allowed to see him. The occupation hasn't even told his family where he is being caged or what his condition is. The family thinks he is being held in Megiddo prison. Megiddo prison like many other Israeli dungeons is secured by the British security company G4S.
Last year Sheikh Khader Adnan addressed the crowds in London at Al Quds Day via a video message which was played at the rally outside the US Embassy. The video is available:
Before his abduction Sheikh Khader Adnan had again graciously agreed to address this years London Al Quds Day rally on 25th July via a video link. We pray for his swift release so that inshAllah he can still grace us with a message on Al Quds Day.
In the meantime his family have kindly sent us a message which will be read out at tomorrows protest for Palestinian political prisoners, outside G4S headquarters, where we will be demanding his immediate and unconditional release:
Date: Friday 11th July 2014, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: G4S HQ, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT (Closest public transport: Victoria Tube/Rail station)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1525494837679446/
For more details of Sheikh Khader Adnan's re-arrest please see:
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