Palestinian hunger striker’s lawyer asks High Court to release him
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Palestinian hunger striker’s lawyer asks High Court to release him

Alleged Islamic Jihad activist Mohammed Allaan enters 61st day of strike; officials weigh force-feeding to save his life

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 attorney of hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allaan appealed Sunday to the High Court of Justice to release him due to his deteriorating health.

Allaan began the 61st day of his hunger strike Sunday. His conditioned worsened Friday when he lost consciousness after 59 days without solid food.

Allaan, a lawyer and alleged member of the Islamic Jihad terror group who Israel believes was involved in the group’s operations, is being imprisoned by Israel without trial under special anti-terror rules called “administrative detention.”

Prisoners held under these anti-terror regulations can appeal their detention to the High Court of Justice, but do not receive full trials and do not have access to the evidence against them.

Allaan, held since November 2014, began his strike with the demand that Israel release him or put him on trial.

A new law passed by the Knesset on July 30 allows a district court judge to order that a hunger striker be force-fed. The controversial law, opposed by Israeli medical associations as a violation of patients’ rights, has not been applied. The Allaan case is being watched as a possible first instance of the law’s implementation.

Asked if the hospital would force-feed the prisoner, Barzilai director Dr. Hezi Levy said the decision would be made by the hospital’s ethics committee based on Allaan’s ability to decide his fate.

If Allaan can be waked, “and we determine he has cognizance, we will have to respect his autonomy under the Patient Rights Law,” Levy told Channel 10 news on Sunday.

In the High Court appeal, Allaan’s attorney Carmel Natur said his life is in danger.

“Since our last visit on Thursday, Mohammed’s condition declined dramatically,” Natur told the Walla news site. “The very fact that they are considering force-feeding him shows that his life is in danger.”

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