Sign on: Scholars in Solidarity with Khader Adnan

 The following statement will be distributed to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Israeli officials, and the US State Department urging immediate action for the freedom of Khader Adnan. Please sign on below or email

We, the undersigned, write as concerned scholars and academics to demand the immediate release of Palestinian baker and political prisoner Khader Adnan. Adnan has been engaged in a hunger strike for 65 days, since his arrest on December 17, 2011. As academics we are signing to express our commitment to principles of freedom from repression and arbitrary detention, as well as our responsibility to highlight situations of injustice.

During that time, he has not been charged with any crime. He has been instead held under ‘administrative detention’, a procedure in which Palestinian detainees are held without charge or trial for up to six months, which can be renewed indefinitely.

On January 8, 2012, Khader Adnan was given a four-month administrative detention order signed by a military commander. Neither he nor his lawyers have been presented with any evidence, nor any accusations or charges of wrongdoing. Adnan began his hunger strike after suffering physical and psychological abuse at the hands of his interrogators, and was placed in solitary confinement. (For details, please see Addameer’s report.) This is the eighth time Adnan has been detained, and he has served a total of six years in Israeli prisons – mostly without charge or trial under the administrative detention scheme.

We are deeply concerned that Khader Adnan, like thousands of other Palestinians, has been jailed for his political beliefs and his activism to free Palestine from occupation. There are 309 other Palestinians currently held in administrative detention without charge or trial, including 24 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and nearly 4,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons subject to military courts or ‘security’ trials. Over 40 percent of Palestinian men from the West Bank have been imprisoned or detained by the Israeli occupation at some point in their lives. 20 Palestinian prisoners are held in solitary confinement and isolation, a practice that United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Mendez has urged be banned.

Khader Adnan has lost eighty pounds during his hunger strike. He is unable to walk. Despite this, he is shackled hand and foot to his hospital bed and under armed guard at all times. After fifty days, hunger strikers are at severe risk of death or organ failure; multiple physicians who have examined Adnan have spoken to his precarious physical state. Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have joined his hunger strike, and international organizations have joined the call for his release, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Carter Center. Amnesty International has also issued a call to end the use of administrative detention.

Khader Adnan’s hunger strike is a call to the conscience of the world, that requires our urgent international attention and solidarity. He carries with him the voices and the dignity of the Irish hunger strikers of 1981, of Bhaghat Singh and Mohandas Gandhi, and of Palestinian political prisoners over the decades demanding their rights and their freedom, from jail and from occupation.

We demand:

  • the immediate freedom of Khader Adnan
  • an immediate end to the practice of administrative detention
  • an immediate end to the use of solitary confinement and isolation

Khader Adnan has become an international symbol of freedom and dignity in the face of grave injustice. Immediate action must be taken to bring this injustice to an end.

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  6. Ajamu Baraka, North-South Center for Human Rights Education and Organizing
  7. Alan Sears, Ryerson University
  8. Alan Walach, College of William and Mary
  9. Alberto Toscano, Goldsmiths, University of London
  10. Alex Levant, York University, Toronto
  11. Alex Lubin, American University of Beirut
  12. Ali Bsyoni, English teacher
  13. Ali Hocine Dimerdji, University of Nottingham
  14. Ali Mili, NJ Academic Institution
  15. Alice Bach, Case Western Reserve University
  16. Amanda King, University of Colorado
  17. Amanda Lashaw, UC Berkeley
  18. Amy Kaplan, University of Pennsylvania
  19. Andrew Hockley, H&E Education and Management
  20. Andrew Lugg, Professor Emeritus
  21. Andrew Paul Gutierrez, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
  22. Andrew Ross, New York University
  23. Andy Storey, University College Dublin
  24. Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania
  25. Anna Durrans, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  26. Anna Shenk, United for Justice with Peace
  27. Anne Meneley, Trent University
  28. Annemarie Jacir, filmmaker
  29. Anthony Alessandrini, City University of New York
  30. Anthony Ashbolt, University of Wollongong
  31. Anthony Sahyoun, Harvard University Medical School
  32. Antonella Puglisi, University of Queensland
  33. Arnab Banerji, University of Georgia
  34. Assaf Kfoury, Boston University
  35. Auritro Majumder, Syracuse University
  36. Avishek Ray, Trent University
  37. B. Bunzee, DIOP/DuBois Institute
  38. Baha Abu-Laban, University of Alberta
  39. Basem Khader, Retired
  40. Beverly Stuart, Antioch University Seattle
  41. Bill Fletcher, Jr., past president TransAfrica Forum
  42. Bill Mullen, Purdue University
  43. Bill Skidmore, Carleton University
  44. Brian Johnston, Carnegie Mellon University
  45. Bucker Dangor, imperial College London
  46. Candace Fujikane, University of Hawai’i, English Department
  47. Carl Gelderloos, Cornell University
  48. Carla L. Coco, University of California
  49. Carol Murry, retired University of Hawai’i at Manoa
  50. Caroline Herzenberg, Argonne National Laboratory (retired)
  51. Carwil Bjork-James, CUNY Graduate Center
  52. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
  53. Charles Haragely, University of Vermont
  54. Charlotte Karem Albrecht, University of Minnesota
  55. Chee Yow, University of Leeds
  56. Cheryl Rubenberg, Florida International University
  57. Christo El Morr, York University
  58. Cindy Sousa, University of Washington
  59. Clarice Kuhling, Wilfrid Laurier University
  60. Corey E. Olsen, UW-Milwaukee
  61. Craig Higgins, Independent Scholar
  62. Cynthia Franklin, University of Hawai”i
  63. Cynthia Franklin, University of Hawaii
  64. Dan Sinykin, Cornell University
  65. Dana Cloud, University of Texas
  66. Daniel McGowan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  67. David Heap, University of Western Ontario
  68. David Klein, Professor of Mathematics, California State University – Northridge
  69. David Landy, Trinity College Dublin
  70. David Lilburn, University of Limerick
  71. David Lloyd, University of Southern California
  72. David May, Purdue University
  73. David McNally, York University
  74. David Palmer, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
  75. David Pellow, University of Minnesota
  76. David Shorter, University of California
  77. David Simpson, UC Davis
  78. David Stein, Univesity of Southern California
  79. Dawn Peterson, Smith College
  80. Deborah Brock, York University
  81. Deema Kaedbey, Ohio State University
  82. Dennis Kortheuer, California State University, Long Beach
  83. Diana Abouali, Dartmouth College
  84. diana Allan, Harvard Society of Fellows
  85. Diane Conti, Educator
  86. Diane Shammas, University of Southern California
  87. Dina Georgis, University of Toronto
  88. Dominique Sarny, University of Regina, SK (Canada)
  89. Donald Grayston, PhD, Simon Fraser University
  90. Douaa Sheet, CUNY
  91. Douglass St.Christian, University of Western Ontario
  92. Ebony Coletu, The American University in Cairo
  93. Edgard Seikaly, None
  94. Edwin E. Daniel, University of Alberta
  95. Eiko Kosasa, Leeward Community College, Hawai’i
  96. Elaine Hagopian, Simmons College
  97. Elsa Auerbach, University of Massachusetts Boston
  98. Erin Abraham, University of Wyoming
  99. Fadzilah Din, International Islamic University Malaysia
  100. Fatima Jaffer, University of British Columbia
  101. Felix Salvador Kury-Hasbun, Lecture and Faculty Advisor
  102. Fouad Moughrabi, Department of Political Science, University of Tennesee at Chattanooga
  103. Gary Fields, University of California, San Diego
  104. Gary Kinsman, Sociology Department, Laurentian University
  105. Gautam Premnath, University of California, Berkeley
  106. Gavan Lennon, University of Nottingham
  107. Genevieve Dumas, Queen’s University, Canada
  108. George M. Hudes, Univ. of Hawaii
  109. Gerry Hale, UCLA
  110. Gillian Hart, University of California Berkeley
  111. Ginette Bauwens, VUBrussels
  112. Gray Brechin, U.C. Berkeley Department of Geography
  113. Gregory Burris, University of California, Santa Barbara
  114. Greta Berlin, University of Illinois
  115. Guenter Schenk, Retired ex-scientific publishing, Germany
  116. Haggai Ram, Associate Prof. of History
  117. Haithem El-Zabri, Palestine Online Store
  118. Hala Dillsi, Loyola Marymount University
  119. Hannah Hawkins, University of Nottingham
  120. Hannan Hammad, TCU
  121. Harold A. Knight, Southern Methodist University
  122. Harry Glassbeek, Law/Osgoode Hall Law School
  123. Hassan Awada, Graduate student researcher
  124. Hector Reyes, Harold Washington College, Chicago IL
  125. Heike Schotten, University of Massachusetts Boston
  126. Helen Scott, University of Vermont
  127. Herbert Docena, Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley
  128. Herman De Ley, Ghent University, Belgium
  129. Huma Dar, UC Berkeley
  130. Huma Ibrahim, Qatar University
  131. Hussein Khalili, Researcher, Stockholm University
  132. Ibrahim Al-Mohandes, PhD, University of Waterloo
  133. Ibrahim Aoude, University of Hawaii
  134. Irene Gendzier, Boston University
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  140. Jake Trpstra, IGE
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  142. James Carr, University of Limerick
  143. James Dennis Hoff, Brooklyn College, CUNY
  144. James E. McDowell, Stanford University
  145. James Edward Tarlton, University of Oxford
  146. James Holdman, Inver HIlls Community College
  147. Jamie Heckert, Essex Business School
  148. Jamil Salem, Institute of Law
  149. Jane Adas, Rutgers University, Newark
  150. Janice Abushakrah, Portland Community College and Ex Director of Palestinian Human Rights Information Center In Jerusalem
  151. Jay Lingham, SOAS
  152. Jeffery R. webber, Queen Mary, University of London
  153. Jennifer Guglielmo, Smith College
  154. Jenny Rowena, Miranda House, Delhi University, India
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  156. Jerise Fogel, Montclair State University
  157. Jess Ghannam, University of California, San Francisco
  158. Jim Holstun, University at Buffalo
  159. Joanne Heisel, Howard Community College
  160. Johnny E. Williams, Trinity College
  161. Jorge Filmus, University of Toronto
  162. José Carlos de Medeiros Gondim, Universidade Federal Fluminense – Brasil
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  164. Joseph Shahadi, New York University
  165. Jude Roberts, University of Nottingham
  166. Judit Druks, University College London
  167. Junaid Rana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  168. Karam AbuSehly, October 6 University
  169. Karem Said, Stanford University
  170. Kathryn Babayan, University of Michigan
  171. KATIE STOBBS, Durham University
  172. Katya Miller, Independent Scholar
  173. Kaveh Niazi, Historian
  174. KAVITA PHILIP, UC Irvine
  175. Kenneth Ring, University of Connecticut (Professor Emeritus)
  176. Kenneth W. Johnson, Penn State University
  177. Kent Lebsock, Owe Aku International Justice Project
  178. Kevin Kumashiro, University of Illinois at Chicago
  179. Kevin Moloney, York University, Toronto
  180. Khalil Chemayel, Independent Scholar
  181. Khury Petersen-Smith, Clark University
  182. Kim Miller, Wheaton College
  183. Kimberly Katz, Towson University
  184. Kole Kilibarda, York University
  185. Kristofer Petersen-Overton, CUNY Graduate Center
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  187. Lana Turner, secondary education
  188. Laura E. Lyons, University of Hawai’i
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  190. Lauren Anderson, University of Georgia
  191. Laurie King, Georgetown University
  192. LeAnne Howe, University of Illinois
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  195. Liam Ward, RMIT University (Australia)
  196. Liliane Janssens, KULeuven
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  198. Liron Mor, Cornell University
  199. Lisa Maya Knauer, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  200. Louise Walsh, University College Dublin, Ireland
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  203. Maha Yahya, ESCWA
  204. Mahamood. M. Hassan, California State University, Fullerton
  205. Mahmood Ibrahim, Cal Poly Pomona
  206. Maivan Clech Lam, City University of New York Graduate Center
  207. Maivan Clech Lam, Professor emeritus, City University of New York Graduate Center
  208. Maliki Ghossainy, The University of Texas at Austin
  209. Manzar Foroohar, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo
  210. Mara Naaman, Williams College
  211. Marc Van de Sompel, Education
  212. Marcy Newman, Independent Scholar
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  215. Margaret Langer, University of the Pacific
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  225. Mark Mason, Occupy Oakland
  226. Mark Richey, Retired California teacher
  227. Mark Westmoreland, American University in Cairo
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  230. Mary-Jo Nadeau, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
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  256. Nadya Sbaiti, Smith College
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  263. Nicholas Sammond, University of Toronto
  264. Nigel Harris, formerly University College London
  265. Nina Butska, Professor emeritus, Humber College
  266. Noam Chomsky, MIT
  267. Noaman Ali, University of Toronto
  268. Noel Ignatiev, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
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  270. Omar Shakir, Stanford University
  271. Onur Bilginer, SUNY at Albany
  272. Oscar Jarzmik, University of Toronto
  273. Paige Sarlin, Brown University
  274. Pamela McCarthy, Personal Secular Homeschool
  275. Pascale Ghazaleh, The American University in Cairo
  276. Patricia Balcom, Université de Moncton
  277. Patricia Molloy, Wilfrid Laurier University
  278. Paul Lauter, Trinity College (Hartford)
  279. Peter D. Thomas, Brunel University, London
  280. Peter Eglin, WIlfrid Laurier University
  281. Peter Gunther, None
  282. Peter Linebaugh, University of Toronto
  283. Peter Rachleff, Macalester College
  284. Philip Gasper, Madison Area Technical College
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  286. Priya Chandrasekaran, City University of NY
  287. Prof Rosalyn Baxandall, City University of New York,
  288. Professor Richard Seaford, University of Exeter
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  290. Rachael M. Rudolph, Facilitate Global
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  292. Rachel A. Jennings, San Antonio College
  293. Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University
  294. Rachel Sykes, University of Nottingham
  295. Ramy Abdeljabbar, Passaic County Community College
  296. Ramzi Seikaly, Engineering
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  298. Rashmi Varma, University of Warwick, UK
  299. Ravichandran, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
  300. Raya Fidel, University of Washington
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  302. Rayya El Zein, CUNY
  303. Rebecca Kumi, Middle East Technical University
  304. Rebekah Orr, Syracuse University
  305. Rev. Dr. Werner Lange, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
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  307. Richard Collier, Mount Royal University
  308. Richard Falk, University of California, Santa Barbara
  309. Rita Tower, Seattle University
  310. Robert Elias Abushanab, Univ.of Nevada at Las Vegas
  311. Robert Trivers, Rutgers University
  312. Robin D. G. Kelley, UCLA
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  315. Roger Dittmann, US Federation of Scholars and Scientists
  316. Ron Smith, University of Washington
  317. Ronald Fujiyoshi, United Church of Christ
  318. Rosaura Sanchez, UCSD
  319. Rose Marie Kuhn, California State University Fresno
  320. Rosemary Sayigh, Center for Arab and Middle East Studies, American University of Beirut
  321. Saadia Toor, City University of New York
  322. Sadia Khan, University of Toronto
  323. Sadique pk, SSUS,Kalady,Kerala,India
  324. Salah D. Hassan, Michigan State University
  325. Salman Hussain, The Graduate Centre, CUNY
  326. Sameh Khader, Al-Quds Open University
  327. Samia Vasa, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
  328. Sara Motta, University of Nottingham
  329. Sarah Daw, University of Exeter
  330. Sarita See, University of California, Davis
  331. Sasha Lofquist, researcher, writer
  332. Sherene Seikaly, American University in Cairo
  333. Sherna Berger Gluck, California State University, Long Beach
  334. Sherna Berger Gluck, Emerita Faculty, California State University, Long Beach (CA)
  335. Sherry Wolf, International Socialist Review
  336. Shira Robinson, The George Washington University
  337. Shireen Khazeni, University of Utah
  338. Shuja Malik, University of Kansas
  339. Simona Sawhney, University of Minnesota
  340. Snehal Shingavi, University of Texas, Austin
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  342. Sophia Azeb, University of Southern California
  343. Sophie Bjork, CUNY, Graduate Center
  344. Sriram Ananth, University of Minnesota
  345. Sriya Shrestha, University of Southern California
  346. Staughton Lynd, independent scholar
  347. Steve Edwards, Open University
  348. Steve Kowit, Southwestern College
  349. Steve Roddy, USF
  350. Stuart Cryer, Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
  351. Sue Ferguson, Wilfrid Laurier University
  352. Sumayya Syed, UBC
  353. Susan M. Akram, Boston University School of Law
  354. Susan Pearce, East Carolina University
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  356. Sylvie Paquerot, Université of Ottawa
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  358. Targol Mesbah, California Institute of Integral Studies
  359. Tatiana Young, University of Washington-Seattle
  360. Ted Stolze, Cerritos College
  361. Terri Ginsberg, International Council for Middle East Studies
  362. Thomas Askjellerud, Oslo University
  363. Tithi Bhattacharya, Purdue University
  364. Tom Hayes, Ohio University
  365. Tracy Wallach, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  366. Tsolin Nalbantian, Leiden University (Netherlands)
  367. Uri Davis, AL-QUDS University, Jerusalem/Abu Dis, Palestine
  368. Van Gosse, Franklin & Marshall College
  369. Vannina Sztainbok, University of Toronto
  370. Venkatesh Athreya, Independent Researcher/Retired Professor
  371. Veronica Golos, Retired. Poet
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  377. Zineb Ait Addi, International Coach Academy
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