Israel rearrests former Palestinian hunger striker

2015-09-16 16:31
Poster of Mohammed Allan. (AP)

Poster of Mohammed Allan. (AP)

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Ramallah - Israel rearrested a Palestinian who had been on hunger strike immediately on his release from a hospital on Wednesday, a Palestinian group lobbying on behalf of prisoners held in Israel said.

Police arrested Mohammad Allan as he was getting ready to leave in southern Israel's Barzilai hospital, where he was treated after fasting for 65 days, the Palestinian Prisoner Club said.

Allan, 31, from the northern West Bank village of Einabous, was held in so-called administrative detention when he went on hunger strike on June 16 to protest his arrest without charge or trial.

Administrative detention allows Israel to jail people deemed a security threat, without charge or trial, for extendable periods of six months.

Israel's Highest Court of Justice suspended his administrative detention in August, to allow him to get medical treatment at Barzilai hospital.

Allan then stopped his hunger strike, believing the administrative detention order was lifted, but he was arrested again on his recovery and release from the hospital. 

Qaddoura Faris, who heads the Prisoner Club, called the suspension a "ploy" to get the detainee to end his hunger strike.

According to a Gaza-based prisoners' support group, Israeli authorities told Allan's lawyer that he will now have to complete his administrative detention order, which expires on November 4.

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