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Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner loses consciousness

Mohammed Allaan, held without trial on suspicion of terror activities, has gone 59 days without solid food

Maazouze, the mother of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammed Allaan, holds a portrait of her son during a rally calling for his release in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba on August 9, 2015. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Maazouze, the mother of Palestinian hunger striker Mohammed Allaan, holds a portrait of her son during a rally calling for his release in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba on August 9, 2015. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

The hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allaan has reportedly lost consciousness.

Allaan, held by Israel on suspicion of terror activities and membership in the Islamic Jihad group, has been refusing food for 59 days. He is hospitalized at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

Allaan is striking to protest 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.

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 said contravenes medical ethics.

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.

Allaan was moved to Barzilai this week from Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba after the ethics committee at Soroka said it would not force treatment on the prisoner.

Arab Joint List MK Hanin Zoabi said in a statement Friday that she was on her way to Barzilai to be with Allaan as his condition deteriorates.

Detainees in administrative detention can appeal their incarceration to the High Court of Justice, but do not appear in court or have access to the evidence against them.

Several dozen Palestinians in administrative detention on suspicion of terror activities have announced in recent days they would also begin hunger strikes.

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