Palestinian baker and activist Khader Adnan captured headlines
recently for a 66-day hunger strike that led him to the brink of death.
His ordeal began in the dead of night on Dec. 17, 2011, when Israeli
soldiers broke down the door of his West Bank home. Adnan was arrested
before his terrified wife and daughters, and was reportedly abused
verbally and physically upon detention and later in interrogation.
was never tried but instead faced administrative detention. Israeli
prosecutors presented secret evidence to a military judge, who then
ordered a four-month detention. Adnan is widely believed to be a leader
in Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which Israel
considers a terrorist organization. The government, however, lacked
evidence that he was directly involved in terrorist attacks. Adnan's
protest against Israel's unjust legal practices ended after an agreement
between his lawyers and prosecutors to release him April 17 barring
substantial new evidence.
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