Gaza, ALRAY - The International committee of the Red Cross(ICRC) expressed its deep concerns about the deteriorating health and critical condition of Khader Adnan, a Palestinian administrative detainee in Israel, who has been on hunger strike for almost 50 days.
"We are concerned that his life is at immediate risk," said Jacques de Maio, the head of the ICRC's delegation in Israel and the occupied territories. "Any solution must, however, take into account the necessity of protecting the detainee's moral and physical integrity; it should also be kept in mind that under resolutions adopted by the World Medical Association, a detainee is entitled to choose whether to be fed or receive medical treatment. So, it is essential that a detainee's choice be respected and his or her dignity is preserved."
De Maio asked the Israeli occupation authorities to allow Adnan's family to visit him, saying that it is more than two months since he was granted a family visit. He explained that under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 detainees have a right to be visited by their families.
"Given the circumstances, permitting his relatives to visit Mr Adnan, without delay, is the right thing to do," he noted.
Adnan, who launched on an indefinite hunger strike on April 6, was placed under medical supervision at a clinic in Israel's Ramla prison earlier this month.
As his health deteriorates, Adnan is refusing to undergo medical tests or take vitamins, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Society.
Adnan was arrested last July when soldiers took him from his home in Arrabeh, a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank. For the 10th time in his life, he was placed under administrative detention, a practise in which Israel holds Palestinians on "secret evidence" for renewable six-month intervals without trial or charges.
Since that time, his wife Randa and her four children have applied several times for Israeli permits to visit him in prison, but they have been denied on "security" grounds.