Israel's Treatment of Hunger-Striking Terrorist

(Palestinian Media Watch) Lt.-Col. (res.) Maurice Hirsch - Khader Adnan was a senior member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an internationally designated terror organization. Prior to his current arrest, he had previously been arrested a dozen times for his involvement in terror. This time he was indicted for membership in a terror organization and incitement to terror, and a judge ordered that he be held pending trial. An appeals court found that his decision to go on a hunger strike was not grounds for his release and that accepting such an argument would cause others to follow the same course and would end in "security chaos." During his hunger strike, Adnan refused any medical treatment, including refusing to allow the doctors to monitor his vital statistics. He also insisted on remaining in his cell rather than being transferred for medical treatment. The European Court of Human Rights discussed a similar situation in Horoz v. Turkey (1639/03). Horoz had been charged with terror-related offenses and was held on remand where he died as a result of a hunger strike. The court held that there had been no violation of Article 2 (right to life) of the European Convention on Human Rights since it was clear that Horoz had died of his hunger strike and not as a result of the authorities' decision not to release him. The writer served for 19 years in the IDF Military Advocate General Corps and was director of the Military Prosecution in Judea and Samaria.

2023-05-11 00:00:00

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