Security forces have raised the alert level in Jerusalem and in prisons housing Palestinian security prisoners over concerns that the deteriorating condition of a hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner may trigger violence.
The Israel Prison Service, police and army officials are preparing for possible rioting in prisons housing Palestinian inmates, as well as on the Temple Mount after Muslim mid-day prayers.
Mohammed Allaan, held by Israel on suspicion of terror activities and membership in the Islamic Jihad group, has been refusing food for 59 days. He lost consciousness Friday 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 claimed, 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.
Supporters of Allaan held a protest outside Barzilai Medical Center Wednesday, which was followed by a counter-protest by far-right demonstrators in the same place Thursday evening.
All 13 lawmakers of the Joint (Arab) List are on their way to the hospital, the party said in a statement Friday. MK Ahmad Tibi is already there.
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.