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Amnesty: Hunger striker could be resentenced if health improves

Aug. 21, 2015 9:36 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 20, 2015 9:21 P.M.)
A man kisses the forehead the father of Mohammed Allan following news from regarding the suspension of his detention on Aug. 19, 2015. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan remains out of a coma, but his life is still in serious danger and Israel may reimpose his administrative detention if his health improves, an international rights group said Friday.

The 31-year-old lawyer ended his over two month hunger-strike on Thursday after the Israeli High Court suspended his administrative detention due to his poor medical condition.

Two days prior, Allan had come out of a four-day coma and an MRI scan revealed extensive brain damage caused by vitamin deficiency that could leave him in critical condition, Amnesty International reported.

Allan remains in Israel’s Barzilai Medical Center and is no longer under guard or shackled, and is currently being allowed family visitors, the group added.

Amnesty reported that the High Court decision made on Thursday was based on his medical condition alone -- the results of the MRI scan -- and "took no account of the legality of his detention."

The court ruled that if no improvement showed in Allan's neurological damage, the detention order will be revoked entirely.

On Wednesday, an Israeli state representative said that if his condition was "irreversible and permanent," and rendered him unable “to resume his activities," the state would lift the detention order immediately, Amnesty said.

However, if the ex-detainee improves, his detention could be reimposed according to the court ruling.

Allan's administrative detention was initially ordered by Israeli officials who claimed that he constituted a threat to security and was an activist in the Islamic Jihad group, according to prisoners' rights group Addameer.

Islamic Jihad -- along with the majority of Palestinian political organizations -- is illegal according to Israeli military law.

Before the ruling, Israeli authorities tried several times to reach a deal for his release, offering him release if he agreed to leave the country and at another time offered a release date in November.

Allan maintained that he should be released by September, and the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said that when Allan woke up from his four-day coma on Tuesday he "declared in front of his doctors that if there is not any solution to his case within 24 hours he will ask for all treatment to stop and will stop drinking water."

Held without trial or charge, alleged evidence against Allan has been withheld from him and his lawyers in a move that Amnesty says denies Allan the "ability to exercise his right to challenge his detention."

While Israeli authorities may be concerned with potential unrest caused by the fate of the Palestinian hunger striker, authorities are also reluctant to be seen as giving in to what they view as "blackmail" by detainees.

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said in a statement on Wednesday that Allan's release "would constitute a reward for his hunger strike and could encourage mass hunger strikes among security detainees."

Palestinians frequently use hunger striking as a method to oppose Israeli policy against detainees. Some 250 administrative detainees currently being held in Israel’s Negev prison reportedly began an open-ended hunger strike on Tuesday to protest their detention.

There are currently over 400 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails under administrative detention, according to Addameer.

Comments
Gerald S / USA
Amnesty International has promoted an intense anti-Israel ideology, with false allegations of war crimes, are entirely inconsistent with Amnesty’s claim to support ethical principles and universal human rights.
21/08/2015 22:02
Tobias / USA
Just because he made himself sick doesn't mean
his debt to Israeli society has been paid in full.
21/08/2015 22:03
Who cares? / UNknown
The Islamic State has demolished the 1,500-year old Mar Elian monastery in the central Syrian town of al-Qaryatain and taken more than 100 Christian captives to their stronghold of Raqqa, The fate of 230 people kidnapped there is unknown.
21/08/2015 22:08
Colin Wright / USA
People can always be resentenced in Israel. In fact, they don't even need to be sentenced.
21/08/2015 23:45
Colin Wright / USA
To Tobias 'Just because he made himself sick doesn't mean
his debt to Israeli society has been paid in full.' I'm curious as to how a Palestinian can be held to owe Zionism anything. If a Jew is released from a concentration camp, does he still 'owe' Nazi Germany something?
22/08/2015 11:24
Colin Wright / USA
To Gerald S: 'Amnesty International has promoted an intense anti-Israel ideology...entirely inconsistent with...ethical principles and universal human rights.' Ahem. To have ethical principles and a belief in universal human rights IS an anti-Israel ideology.
22/08/2015 11:26
Administrative detention is a crime / USA
What debt? He has not been charged with anything, given any trial, given a conviction. What debt? What debt does an innocent man need to give Israel? What has he done? Breathing while Palestinian?
22/08/2015 15:58
@ Collin and Administrative / USA too
- Unlike Allan, Jews never attacked or plotted against the government, and unlike Nazis, Israel does not arrest peaceful Palestinians, and
- Allan was charged much like detainees at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, and
Like them, he is held due to the threat he poses to peaceful civilians !!
24/08/2015 18:51
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