When: Friday, February 17th, 2012, at noon
Where: The village of Bil'in, West of Ramallah
The people of Bil'in, who continue to to struggle for the return of their lands still sequestered behind Israel's wall, will mark seven years of resistance this Friday. Despite the rerouting of the Wall in June last year, some 1350 dunams (333 acres) are left on the "Israeli" side of the Wall and were effectively annexed to the adjacent Jewish-only settlement of Modi'in Ilit.
In light of the dire condition of Adnan Khader, the administrative detainee who has been on hunger strike for the past 59 days and is currently on the verge of death, the Friday demonstration will demand his immediate release and be dedicated to supporting his hunger strike.
Judge Colonel Moshe Tirosh of the Military Court of Appeals, rejected an appeal for Adnan's release yesterday, in effect sentencing him to death. In past years, Adnan participated in a number of demonstrations in Bil'in, as well as in other villages.
Khader Adnan, 33, is a father of two from the village of Arraba in the Jenin district. His wife is currently pregnant with their third child. Prior to his arrest, Adnan worked as a baker while studying for a master's degree in economics at the Bir Zeit university.
On December 17th, 2011, Israeli soldiers stage a pre-dawn raid on Adnan's home at around 3:30 am. Before entering his house, the soldiers illegally used a local driver, Mohammad Mustafa, as a human shield by forcing him to knock on the door of the house and call Adnan’s name. Adnan was violently taken from his house by the soldiers in front of his two young daughters and his mother. He was blindfolded, hand-cuffed and put into a military jeep where the soldiers beat him up.
In protest of humiliating treatment during his interrogation, and later on of the "administrative detention" imposed on him on January 8th, 2012, Adnan went on an open-ended hunger strike, already spanning over 56 days.
Adnan is currently admitted at an Israeli hospital in Safed, where he is held shackled to his bed, despite being on the brink of death.
According to the Israeli Prison Service, Israeli authorities were holding 307 Palestinians in administrative detention as of December 31, up from 219 administrative detainees at the beginning of 2011