Israel Suspends Detention Of Hunger-Striking Palestinian Prisoner
Mohammed Allan has been on a hunger strike for 65 days.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the detention order against a Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for 65 days, releasing him while he receives medical care in a ruling that his relatives and supporters hailed as a victory.
The decision means that Mohammed Allan will no longer be shackled to his bed and his family will be able to visit him in the hospital, where his lawyer said he remains sedated and unconscious.
The court's action did little to resolve a debate over Israel's practice of holding suspects without charge, known as administrative detention, or a new law that permits the force-feeding of hunger strikers.
Before he fell unconscious Aug. 14, Allan had appeared set to be the first test of the law. Since then, he has been given fluids and nutritional supplements while the case went to court, although those treatments were not considered to be force-feeding.
After a long day of deliberations, the Supreme Court announced that Allan, who doctors say has suffered some brain damage, would remain hospitalized but that his administrative detention was suspended.
But the decision did not address what would happen to Allan if he recovers, saying only he can petition for his release if his condition improves.
"I feel very happy," said his brother, Amid Allan. "I hope that my brother will stand up, will stand up from his bed healthy, as happy as he used to be when they took him from his house."
Israel says Allan is in custody for his affiliation with Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian militant group that has carried out scores of attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers. He denies the affiliation.
Allan's case became a litmus test for a law that was narrowly passed in July that permits a judge to sanction force-feeding of a fasting prisoner if the inmate's life is in danger.
Critics of force-feeding see it as an unethical violation of patient autonomy and akin to torture. The U.S. has admitted to force-feeding detainees at its Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Britain force-fed some Irish Republican Army prisoners on hunger strikes.
The Israeli Medical Association, which has urged physicians not to cooperate, is challenging it in the Supreme Court.
Allan began his hunger strike to protest Israel's policy of administrative detention, which allows authorities to hold suspects for months without charge or trial.
Israel defends the practice as a necessary tool to stop militant attacks and argues that revealing the charges would expose intelligence networks and put lives in danger. Rights groups say the measure violates due process, is meant only for extraordinary cases, and is overused.
The high-profile case took a dramatic turn earlier Wednesday after the court ordered medical tests to determine the level of Allan's brain damage and said he would be freed if it was irreversible. Doctors said results of an MRI were inconclusive.
Dr. Hezy Levy of Barzilai hospital in southern Israel, where Allan is being treated, said the detainee was "incoherent" and "not connecting with his surroundings."
"There is some damage in a part of the brain that was probably caused by a lack of vitamins ... and it is expressed in other systems of his body," Levy told a TV station.
He said Allan would be administered the substances his body is missing.
"I hope that it is reversible. I cannot predict right now to what extent it is reversible," he said.
Allan's attorney, Sawsan Zaher, said it would be days before the extent of the brain damage is known.
Zaher, a lawyer with the advocacy group Adallah, welcomed the release but said it should have come two days earlier before Allan suffered brain damage.
She said the decision showed that administrative detention is an "arbitrary and punitive tool" against Palestinians. She said he should be released even if the damage is reversible because it is still deep enough to prevent him from posing a threat.
Israel holds 340 Palestinians in administrative detention. Last month, it took the rare step of placing three young Israeli ultranationalists in administrative detention as part of a crackdown on Jewish extremism.
But Israel's public security minister, Gilad Erdan, said Wednesday that releasing Allan would encourage more Palestinian detainees to go on hunger strikes.
Qaddura Fares, a former lawmaker who heads the Palestinian prisoners' association, said that about 20 prisoners had launched symbolic hunger strikes in solidarity with Allan in recent days. But he said none was believed to be continuing the protests.
When the red hot iron rod gets stuck in the ass hole of the Israel’s PM he then submits to amenable condition. That has what happened this time too as it happened to him when conditions had no alternative then he had to bow down and kissed the legs of the Turkey’s President and apologized.
What a character of a baboon and monkey is imbued in this idiot's brain. Might be he is better suited to be a monkeys specie.
One day UN would have to answer the world community of nations as to why such horrendous animals were let to have an independent sovereign state to kill innocent Muslims and create unimaginable world wide problem including treachery with US and Germany culminating in the Holocaust in Germany which attracted the attention of the world body to the fact how very uncouth filthy these Israel’s ZIONISTS animals could be?
Unfortunately US is harboring due to fear of the ZIONIST Lawmakers in Both the Houses of Congress smearing the good name of the lone super power of the world.
In addition, World community of Nations opines if the US do not tear all connections with Israel may be US would have to pay a heavy price for it.
The time is running out for any amendment to what already the three super powers have done along with the most notorious criminal and worst of all terrorist nation the Israel by creating the Frankenstein ISIS. Now UK, FRENCH, ISRAEL and CIA together blames ISIS but how and why?
It is they who created for a purpose and it is doing the job to weaken the Muslim countries in MID EAST to establish Israel as the overt Master of MID EAST covertly a superpower which it already is, but for easy political handling it has become essential.
All that wrong and torture that is happening has to be apportioned to ISRAEL that is handling the ISIS, the question is ISIS is a MUSLIM STIGMA but did it ever attacked Israel?
If not why not being, so strong a terrorist organization. It can very easily do so but it won’t go after it not in major way as it is doing with the Muslim countries.
It is because ISRAEL is handling it from behind the curtain to raise hatred by beheading own citizens and Christian against MUSLIMS by thing created devil in disguise to favor the Super power to help Israel to be installed as chief of MID EAST.
Now, only TURKEY is left to submit to be weakened as per plan.. Imagine how deep uncouth the nasty plan of the Israel could be with no care of loss of innocent human lives only for power.
WHAT happened to the genocide case against Israel, for others in such a case UN train moves at hundred mile speed but against ISRAEL at one mile speed, can we know WHY? OR, Is it because it can threaten and kick the butts of UN officials and organizations and or even the Zionist lawmakers of the US congress threaten to kill the UN Secretary General..
By using electronic media and Print media highlighting the acts of the ISIS the name of the organization Stigmatizing MUSLIM Israel thought it is gaining ground.
But no it is losing the kindness and patients of the Muslim UMAH which once made the innocent MUSLIMS to feed the JEWS Kicked out of the country because of these ZIONISTS notoriety.
The Muslims now got the real picture of the ZIONISTS. Wait and see what happens in future.
Israel’s activities forced already to close 75% doors of the world community of Nations to Israel.. The rest are all those that can close the doors any moment.
THEN, IMAGINE WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO THESE OVER AGILE ZIONISTS?
THE ZIONISTS ONLY tortured not only the Muslims but all other religion's people of the world including saner Jewish communities of different countries !!!
.ISRAEL'S NATION IS NOT ONLY A TERRORIST BUT ALSO A TREACHEROUS NATION.