PHR-I examined him five times in the past week, most recently on February 14. After 52 days without food, he lost one-third of his weight. As a result, he has stomach aches, vomits, at times with blood, and experiences headaches.He's still lucid and understands what's happening. "His general condition is pale and very weak. His tongue is smooth. He has slight bleeding from the gums, dry skin, loss of hair, and significant muscular atrophy."His pulse is weak, his blood pressure 100/75. He's connected to a heart monitor. He underwent tests and treatment. It includes liquids, salts, glucose, and vitamins. However, he won't ingest food.His condition "is commensurate with the impact of 60 days of fasting." He's in immediate danger of death. No food over 50 days causes muscle decomposition, including heart and stomach muscles. As a result, toxin build-ups follow. "Death may occur suddenly" from heart failure or infection following immune system collapse.Digestive track bleeding as well as renal and hepatic failure may follow. "A deterioration in his state of consciousness can be expected due to the shortage of vitamins and intracerebral hemorrhage."
"I call on the international community, especially States with close relations with Israel, to urge the Israeli Government to fulfill its responsibilities under international law, most urgently with regard to Mr. Adnan.""In view of the emergency of his situation, the Government of Israel must take immediate and effective action to safeguard Mr. Adnan's life, while upholding his rights."
For now, saving Adnan is top priority. Perhaps Israel will yield to world pressure. It's unlikely but possible. Rogue states don't apologize or do the right thing.
Does a young father of two arrested in the dead of night from his home, held under illegal administrative detention i.e. no charges have been brought against him, beaten and tortured during his interrogation, hunger striking since December 18th ~ a day after his arrest ~ not warrant headlines?
Yesterday a group of Palestinians called up Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem Bureau, demanding to know the reason for the bureau’s nonexistent coverage regarding Khader Adnan. Why Al Jazeera English?
As an Arab news source with a bureau based in Jerusalem, Al Jazeera English holds the responsibility to report what is happening to Palestinians. Not only are they not covering the bombings in Gaza, but they are ignoring the ethnic cleansing happening under their noses in Jerusalem.
They have also completely ignored the weekly, daily popular protests in Palestine, while at the same time attempting to present themselves as the voice of the people who are revolting against oppression in the Middle East.
Furthermore, while all political prisoners are a shame to the countries imprisoning them, what was the criteria that Al Jazeera used to determine that a self professed Egyptian Zionist, Maikel Nabil, was more worthy of coverage than a Palestinian anti-Zionist?
Coverage of Maikel Nabil from Al Jazeera English:
- Egptian blogger’s arrest stirs doubts
- Maikel Nabil Live Blog
- Egyptian blogger’s arrest stirs doubts
- Ministrial declared in case of Egyptian blogger
- Egyptian anti-military activist Maikel Nabil rejects pardon
The following conversation took place between one caller and a woman from Al Jazeera English Jerusalem office, in response to that caller’s question about why Khader Adnan has been receiving so little exposure from Al Jazeera English.
“But there are other important stories we’re covering.”“But Khader Adnan has been on hunger strike for 54 days in administrative detention and he’s dying.”“But there are people dying everywhere.”
“With all due respect, it’s not up to you to tell us what to cover. I’m only accountable to my superiors in Doha.”
“Hello, I’m wondering why Al Jazeera English hasn’t given the Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan who’s been hunger striking for 54 days any coverage?”“Who is this?”“It doesn’t matter. I want to know-““WHO ARE YOU? I’ve been getting calls every five minutes from people asking about the same subject.”“Why does that matter? I-““I need to know if I should make a list of people calling. I need to know if something is wrong.”“Of course there’s something wrong. Your coverage of Khader Adnan has largely been nonexistent.”[Speaking to someone in the room] “It’s another one of them, asking about Adnan.” [Addressing the caller] “You need to tell me who you are.”“Consider me a viewer of your network.”“Listen, you can’t do this. Who are you?”“Why are you getting defensive? I’m only asking why Khader Adnan hasn’t been getting any attention-““Who are you? Tell me your name.”“So you’re interested in my name but not in Khader Adnan’s? The man has been on hunger strike for 54 days and-“A man took over the phone. “Hello, who is this?”“I’d rather remain anonymous. I want to know-““Look, why should we bother to answer you if you won’t even give us your name? Ok, thank you.” [The line went dead.]