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Palestinian Hunger Striker Wins Victory in Battle of Wills With Israeli Army

Palestinian political prisoner Khader Adnan ended his 65-day hunger strike in an Israeli prison last night, after Israeli authorities made a deal that he would be released in April at the end of his current term. There are a few conditions that might allow breaking the deal, such as if any new evidence against him is unearthed. One learns never fully to trust that outcomes will occur as promised. Nevertheless, this is a tremendously hopeful moment for Adnan and all Palestinian prisoners.


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Which, once again, shows that for the most comprehensive coverage you need to follow the blogs and social media. Every day, the #KhaderAdnan hashtag trended in the top ten. His supporters kept his cause alive on Twitter and, in a sense, Adnan owes his life to his followers on Twitter and the application itself. As with the Arab Spring revolts and Iran election protests, score another victory in the fight against authoritarianism and injustice to Twitter.

On a less hopeful note, February 18 marked the one-year anniversary of Dirar Abusisi’s kidnapping by Israeli and Ukrainian security forces and his rendition to Israel on charges of directing Hamas’ missile technology program. Israel has still not brought him to trial and he has refused plea deals offered by the state prosecutor because he claims he is innocent. Abusisi’s lawyer is suing before the Supreme Court for access to all evidence the prosecution has used to build its case. The state has used various delaying tactics and excuses to deny the materials and fend off any hearings on the matter. For every Khader Adnan in the Israeli justice system, there are two or more Dirar Abusisis.