Israel releases Palestinian hunger strike prisoner

Israel Prison Service set free 31-year-old Palestinian prisoner after 66-day hunger strike

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Former Palestinian detainee Mohammed Allan (C hugging) celebrates with friends and family at his families house in Nablus in the West Bank on November 5, 2015.

Israel has released a Palestinian prisoner, Mohammed Allan, who carried out a 66-day hunger strike on late Wednesday.

"Mohammed Allan has just been released," Sivan Weizman, a spokeswoman for Israel Prisons Service, AFP reports.

Allan returned to West Bank after spending a year in an Israeli prison, with suspicion of having alleged links to a militant group.

The Israeli Supreme Court suspended the detention of 31-year-old Allan because his health was deteriorating, following the court decision Allan ended his hunger strike.

Allan who was first arrested in November 2014, started a second six month hunger strike after Israeli forces rearrested Allan when his health started to recover. He was arrested because there was “new intelligence about him.”

Allan, a lawyer from the southern Nablus village of Einabus went on a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment without any charge.

Allan suffered from brain damage due to his hunger strike. 

Israel’s policy of administrative detention, is particularly concerned with Palestinians that have been criticised by the International Community, Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups.

Association for Civil Right in Israel has said the majority of jailed people who are going on hunger strike are Palestinians in administrative detention.

In July, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset approved a regulation that allows Israeli Prison Service to feed prisoners by force, prisoners who go on hunger strikes and consequently deteriorate their health. 

Qadura Fares, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society stressed that they made this decision with giving great importance.

"Nothing is definite, but let us hope that they will respect what they are promising," he said.


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