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On 34th day, Muhammad Allan ends hunger strike in Israeli prison

July 12, 2017 11:10 A.M. (Updated: July 12, 2017 3:56 P.M.)
(File)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- After completing at least 33 days on hunger strike, imprisoned Palestinian lawyer Muhammad Allan suspended his hunger strike on Tuesday.

Local reports said Allan ended the hunger strike after he reached a deal with the Israel Prison service (IPS) to end his strike.

In response to a request for comment Wednesday, an IPS spokesperson only confirmed that Allan was no longer on hunger strike but provided no other details regarding the reported agreement.

Allan, a lawyer from the Nablus-area village of Einabus in the northern occupied West Bank, had been released from prison in November 2015 after a year-long stint in administrative detention -- Israel’s widely condemned policy of internment without charge or trial -- during which time he carried out a grueling 66-day hunger strike in protest of his detention.

An Israeli military court charged Allan with “incitement” on social media and for attending demonstrations in support of Palestinian prisoners, prompting his father to say at the time that Israeli forces “have been after his son to detain him and take revenge on him since the day he was released last year from administrative detention.”

Israeli authorities have justified their crackdown on Palestinian social media activity, arguing that a wave of unrest that began in October 2015 was stoked by online “incitement,” though Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel's 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon as reasons for acts of violence.

Suppression of Palestinian freedom of expression in recent months has also seen bookstores shuttered, while activists, journalists, novelists, and poets have been detained.

Allan’s strike came in the wake of a 40-day hunger strike carried out by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners denouncing the infringement of their basic human rights in Israeli custody. Despite Palestinian officials and leaders of the hunger strike declaring victory, IPS has repeatedly denied that it negotiated with the prisoners or acceded to any of their demands.
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