Israel rearrests Palestinian former hunger striker for incitement
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Israel rearrests Palestinian former hunger striker for incitement

Israeli authorities say Mohammad Allaan suspected of 'calling for acts of terror and resistance to the Zionist enemy'

Demonstrators gather in support of Palestinian hunger-striker Mohammad Allaan, in front of the Barzilai Medical Center in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on August 16, 2015. (Hadas Parush)
Demonstrators gather in support of Palestinian hunger-striker Mohammad Allaan, in front of the Barzilai Medical Center in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on August 16, 2015. (Hadas Parush)

A Palestinian who had been released from Israeli prison after a year without trial following a two-month hunger strike was again arrested overnight for “incitement,” security forces said on Thursday.

Mohammed Allaan was detained for questioning “as part of the struggle against the phenomenon of Palestinian incitement in media and social media, which leads to severe attacks in Israel,” the domestic security service Shin Bet said.

The 32-year-old resident of Einabus in the northern West Bank was arrested for “inciting through the media while calling for acts of terror and resistance to the ‘Zionist enemy,'” it said.

In November 2015, Allaan was released from a year he spent in jail under an Israeli measure known as administrative detention, which allows imprisonment without trial for six-month periods renewable indefinitely.

He was arrested for contacts with the Islamic Jihad with the aim of carrying out terrorist attacks.

Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allaan (AFP)
Mohammed Allaan (AFP)

Allaan began a hunger strike in June 2015 that brought him near death and also boosted tensions in the West Bank, with Israel announcing in September that it would not be extending his detention.

A lawyer by training, Allaan is believed to be a member of the Islamic Jihad terror group.

He was previously imprisoned from 2006 to 2009 for allegedly seeking to recruit suicide bombers and aiding wanted Palestinians, Israeli security forces say.

Israel has recently focused on Palestinian incitement to carry out attacks, which it says fueled a wave of violence that broke out in October 2015.

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