Thursday, February 16, 2012

Urgent Appeal to the EU on Behalf of Khader Adnan

Thanks to Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada, we now have the e-mail address of Catherine Ashton, Vice President of the European Commission, who had intervened numerous times on behalf of Israeli POW Gilad Schalit, when he was held in captivity in Gaza. We are now asking her to urgently intervene on behalf of Khader Adnan, before it is too late. 

I also cc-ed Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, and the consulate general of Israel in Philadelphia, where I live.

Feel free to copy, paste, and change around as you feel fit. Just, please, act fast.

From: Uri Horesh
Subject: Urgent Appeal: Mr. Khader Adnan
Date: February 16, 2012 6:33:23 AM EST

Dear Baroness Ashton,

I write to you with grave concern for the welfare of Mr. Khader Adnan, a Palestinian national, who has been detained by the Israeli military for 62 days now under what is known as "administrative detention," i.e., incarceration without a specific criminal charge, let alone trial, evidence or conviction. He has been tortured and humiliated during this process by his captors, and has therefore decided to go on hunger strike, which is now about to cost him his life, unless urgent international intervention is put forth.

Your Ladyship has been known to intervene in cases of captivity in the past, most notably that of Sgt. Gilad Schalit. Mr. Adnan is in dire need of such intervention. Physicians for Human Rights - Israel have determined that his life is in "immediate danger:"

I, an Israeli citizen, have appealed to the military commander who has issued his detention warrant, to the military judge advocate general, to the Israeli minister of defense, and to the consul general of Israel in Philadelphia, where I currently reside, but to no avail. It is rare for a citizen of a country to turn to a foreign agency for intervention, but it seems as if the powers that be in my own country have failed to show moral fortitude.

Once again, I urge you to act on behalf of the European Union, and indeed, on behalf of humanity, and save Mr. Adnan's life.

Sincerely yours,

Uri Horesh

Uri Horesh
Philadelphia, PA

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