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February 20, 2012
Posted: 2103 GMT

I spoke earlier to Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev to get the official Israeli response to criticism that Palestinian detainee Khader Adnan has been held in prison without charge for the last two months.

Adnan has been on a hunger strike since mid-December to protest the conditions of his detention and the fact that no formal charges have been brought against him in his case. He is said to be close to death as he awaits an Israeli Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday to determine whether he should be released.

This story has generated a lot of interest from people who say the Israeli government is using a controversial practice called "administrative detention" to keep inmates suspected of terrorist activities locked up indefinitely without charge, in violation of their right to a fair and speedy trial. Israel says sharing evidence in such cases would endanger public safety and its network of informants.

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shtz   February 20th, 2012 10:33 pm ET

There are lies, damend lies and Mark Regev.

Russel Governale   February 21st, 2012 12:03 am ET

Good interview! I do not think Mr. Regev adequately answered your question about why this man is being held without any charges filed against him to date. Also, the other question you asked Mr. Regev “is Israel considering a military strike on Iran?” was not adequately answered but it is obvious that they are still considering it.

barb olson   February 21st, 2012 12:37 am ET

Thanks for not letting Regev off the hook. So unusual in American media. I am looking forward to the interview with Adnan's wife, please don't drop that idea. (He's right, of course, that we do the same thing to people we don't like. ... which is an argument not for Israel doing it, but for us to STOP doing it.)

Kelvin   February 21st, 2012 7:37 am ET

Great interview Hala!!!

LIbertyRising   February 21st, 2012 2:24 pm ET

Israel is a terrorist state. Here's a case of the pot calling the kettle black. As I'm listening to this putz, "record of murdering innocent civilians" comment, the Palestinian's body count is not even in the same ballpark as Israel's, not even the same continent.

And, of course, like any terrorist, Mark Regev appears to be most adept at deflecting direct questions and placing the blame on his victims.

Alison Rubin   February 21st, 2012 7:31 pm ET

What do you think would be happening to anyone in the Palestinian territories? They would just kill whomever didn't agree with them as they've done in the past. Israel has a huge problem with terrorism coming out of all of the neighboring territories, which dates back to 1929, not 1967. As a result of the inhospitible neighborhodd Israel finds itself in, the need for many undercover operations and informants is essential to protecting Israelis from terrorism. Thereby creating situations where open court is not possible. The Arabs have done a great job of distorting the situation. As Golda Meir said, when the Arabs put down their guns there will be peace but if the Israelis put down their guns they'll be gone.

randomguy   February 21st, 2012 11:41 pm ET

ya but wht country is this in?

Muthyavan.   February 25th, 2012 4:03 pm ET

Thank you for a balance reporting on this issue. This world hot spot for violence for a long time needs a balance reporting so that peace will come one day. All ancient cultures representing this region should come to an understanding in the modern way of honoring each others existence in this region. Leading to a respected friendly peacefull living one day.

billy-bob   February 25th, 2012 11:38 pm ET

...Not in favor of Islamists/gihadists . . .

Renny in Mali   March 14th, 2012 10:39 am ET

Hala Gorani has the worst voice I have ever heard for a news castor.
Programme is good – she is awful

John Herzog   April 28th, 2012 6:34 am ET

I am an American that lives here in Israel. It is obvious that most of you and CNN have no clue of the real on the ground life of both peoples. Bakabce reporting, that is a load of crap. All you hear is that the Palestinians are the oppressed and the Israelies are the one doing it to them. Jail systems and charging with a crime the differance between the two people is one he is still alive and is going to court and the other would be dead or never heard from again. It is funny how that is not covered in the news. Or the fact if you where a woman you have no rights of any. Does CNN cover that the Hamas just called on all the fractions of the Jihadists to take soldiers kidnapped so they can exchange them for prisoineers. Do they cover that Palestinian launches rockets every day into Isreal with the hope that they hit the general population?? That never gets covered that there was 23 rockets launched before Israel attacted Gaza and went after targets that where responsible. There will be no peace with people whoms core beliefs are to wipe out the Jewish people and all other reliegions around the world. Balanced reporting get a clue, live here for a while and see the whole story. It is funny how the reporters whom report this stuff is staying in Israel or Egypt before they go with armed escorts into Gaza. The armed escorts are not to keep them from Israeli millitary it is to keep them from the local Palestinianians. Lets see CNN show what it takes for them to go to Gaza and make this report of the oppressed people. Also alot of the oppression that is occuring is due to Hamas and thier own people in power. The world told Israel to get out of Gaza and we did, see what happened. If this was happening between USA and Mexico I would tell you there would be no out rage and poor Mexico and the oppressed it would be bomb them back until we get to South America and put US troops in there to control the whole thing. Think if it was on US soil, what would you want to do??

truegrit1   August 14th, 2012 7:50 pm ET

In July and August a total of 4 Israelis have immolated themselves in the streets in protest against the Netanyahu regime. I think it is a significant number in so short a time. Why does CNN hide it?

truegrit1   August 14th, 2012 7:52 pm ET

It is August and the Bahrainis continue their months long protests in the streets , some wounded or dying. Why does CNN hide it?

truegrit1   August 14th, 2012 7:54 pm ET

It is August and the Saudis continue their protests against the King in the Eastern provinces. Why doesn't CNN follow it?

truegrit1   August 14th, 2012 7:59 pm ET

For several months half of the US Navy has been playing a dangerous cat & mouse game with the Chinese in the region of the South China Sea.. Doesn't CNN consider this important as a Cause for the Chinese casting a veto on Syria. It makes their Veto completely understandable.

truegrit1   August 14th, 2012 8:06 pm ET

The point of my posts is that either CNN is enraptured with the Syria issue, the election, the Olympics, or else CNN may have some hidden reason for passing on these issues that I raise. Congrats to Wedeman for getting into the action. Only his voice and a map has never quite done it for me. .

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