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Lawyer: Hunger striker illegally put under anesthesia

Aug. 14, 2015 9:27 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 15, 2015 11:04 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The lawyer of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan said Friday that the Barzilai Medical Center in Israel has illegally put the detainee under anesthesia.

Jamil al-Khatib told Ma'an that it is necessary for the hospital's administration to receive the consent of his parents before giving him the anesthetic, adding that there were no sufficient reasons to do so.

Thirty one-year-old Allan has been on hunger strike for two months in protest of his administrative detention in Israeli jails. The prisoner experienced a dangerous deterioration in his health overnight, falling into a coma.

Al-Khatib's announcement came hours after news broke that Israeli authorities would allow a Palestinian doctor to visit Allan.

The Palestinian Prisoner's' Committee said that Palestinian MKs Haneen Zoabi, Ahmad al-Tibi, Osama al-Sa'di, Basel Ghattas, Talib Abu Arrar and Jamal Zahalqa requested the that a Palestinian doctor have access to Allan during a meeting with the hospital's chief of staff.

The committee added that the Palestinian health ministry and prisoners' committee have agreed to send Dr.Hani Abdeen to see Allan within the next 24 hours.

Earlier on Friday Palestinian MK Usama al-Saadi, told Ma'an that "Allan might be a martyr in hours as his health condition is very critical."

Since then, the Barzilai Medical Center has said that Allan's condition had stabilized and that he was connected to ventilators to assist his breathing.

The International Committee of the Red Cross was informed of the day's developments and sent a doctor to visit Allan, who is currently being given fluids and sodium intravenously.

A spokesperson for the Israel Prisons Service said at the time he was not aware of such developments.

On Thursday, the day before Allan lost consciousness, Allan's father, Nasser al-Din Allan, told Ma'an that he believed Israel was waiting for his son to go into a coma before proceeding to force feed him, a controversial practice likened to torture by rights groups and medical experts.

The Israeli Knesset last month approved a law allowing prisoners on hunger strike to be force fed if their condition becomes life-threatening, sparking international outcry.

A week after the law was passed, Israeli authorities announced that Allan may be force-fed if his health continued to deteriorate to the point in which his life was in danger.

The Israeli Medical Association called the law "damaging and unnecessary," stressing that its doctors would "continue to act according to medical ethics, which prohibit doctors from participating in torturing prisoners."

Physicians for Human Rights - Israel said Friday that once Allan lost consciousness "medical ethics requires that his doctors act in accordance to their understanding of the patient's will and their discretion."

The group urged the Israeli political leadership to reach a decision to release Allan from administrative detention and let doctors concentrate on saving his life.
Mel / UK
No due process of law and human rights from Israel. Just undue process of war by cowardly inhumane might. We shun you, Israel.
15/08/2015 12:18
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