If hunger-striking Palestinian security prisoner Mohammed Allaan dies, it will be the Israeli government’s responsibility, Arab Israeli MK Ahmad Tibi said Friday.
Aallan lost consciousness earlier in Friday at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, as he entered the 60th day of his hunger strike. He is protesting being held without trial under special anti-terror rules called “administrative detention,” which allow indefinite incarceration as a preventative measure when intelligence points to terror activities.
Allaan, a lawyer by profession, has been held by Israel since last November on suspicion of terror activities and membership in the Islamic Jihad terror group. Palestinian reports said Friday that Islamic Jihad has threatened “escalation” if Allaan’s condition worsens.
Tibi’s fellow Joint List MK Hanin Zoabi, who is at the hospital along with the other 12 lawmakers from her faction, issued a statement Friday morning in the name of her predominantly Arab party. “We are placing full responsibility on the state if something happens to Mohammed Allaan,” statement said. “Israel is solely responsible for every outcome to this tragedy.”
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Zoabi also posted on Facebook an image of the Israeli security forces stationed outside Allaan’s room. “Every true fighter turns into a threat / Dozens of policemen in the ICU in front of Allaan’s room,” she wrote, adding the hash tag “#freedomforallaan.”
Allaan is currently sedated and receiving oxygen. As his condition deteriorated over the past day, he began experiencing spasms and hallucinations, and doctors had to resuscitate him Friday, according to hospital officials quoted by the Ynet news site.
Barzilai director Dr. Hezi Levy said Friday that Allaan was not being force fed, but receiving “life-saving” treatment, Channel 2 reported.
“We are not talking now about force feeding him, but rather giving him treatment to save his life. His condition is stable but still not straightforward,” he said.
“We are not feeding him,” Levy emphasized. “We are giving him life-saving treatment that does not include feeding. He is being treated like any other patient in his condition who is in intensive care.”
AFP on Friday quoted a spokeswoman for the Palestinian Prisoners Club as saying that Allaan was on life support. There was no immediate confirmation from the Israeli authorities.
Israeli security forces have raised the alert level in Jerusalem and in prisons housing Palestinian security prisoners amid concerns that deterioration in Allaan’s condition may trigger rioting. On Wednesday, violent clashes broke out between Arab Israeli protesters and right-wing Jewish Israeli activists outside the Ashkelon hospital.
On July 30, the Knesset passed a law allowing the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners. Doctors’ organizations have said they would refuse to carry out the practice, which, they claimed, contravenes medical ethics.