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Terror suspect says he’ll renew hunger strike if rearrested

Mohammad Allaan says Israeli practice of detention without trial or right to see lawyer must be halted ‘immediately’

Palestinian terror suspect Mohammad Allaan addresses supporters from his Ashkelon hospital bed after he ended his 65-day hunger strike, in a video message released August 21, 2015. (Screen capture: YouTube)
Palestinian terror suspect Mohammad Allaan addresses supporters from his Ashkelon hospital bed after he ended his 65-day hunger strike, in a video message released August 21, 2015. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Palestinian terror suspect Mohammad Allaan said Saturday he would renew his hunger strike if he is rearrested by Israel.

Allaan, who refused to eat for 65 days to protest his administrative detention, and who was released after his deteriorating condition caused him brain damage, told a Hamas journal: “I am free at the moment. If the Israeli occupation arrests me again, I will return to the hunger strike until they put an end to the travesty I am suffering, as are hundreds of administrative prisoners.”

He added that the practice of detaining suspects without trial while refusing them the right to a lawyer and denying them visits from their family must be stopped “immediately.”

Allaan was speaking from his hospital bed at Ashkelon’s Barzilai hospital.

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday suspended Allaan’s administrative detention — a special anti-terror measure that allows imprisonment without trial on terrorism charges — after tests showed that he had sustained brain damage as a result of his two-month fast. There were conflicting reports as to whether the damage was reversible.

The temporary suspension of his status as prisoner was enough to allow Allaan to end his hunger strike, family members said.

Security officials believe Allaan, 31, is tied to the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization.

Right-wing lawmakers and ministers reacted furiously to the High Court decision, with some accusing the court of setting a dangerous precedent that would lead to the release of other security prisoners being held in Israel.

On Friday Allaan said in a video that his strike had been successful, and thanked his Israeli Arab “brothers” for their support.

“I thank everyone one by one, all those who stood by our side and by the side of the family, in front of the hospital and everywhere, to the brothers inside (Israel) … I kiss them on the forehead and on the hands for this stance,” Haaretz quoted Allaan as saying, in a message in Arabic to Israel’s Arab population.

Israel passed a controversial law last month allowing authorities to force-feed hunger-striking prisoners, but doctors at Barzilai and elsewhere have said they will refuse to comply with the directive.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report

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