The Israeli military prosecution on Wednesday morning offered to release Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Allan when his administrative detention expires in November, the head of the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs said.
After the court’s ruling was made public, Allaan’s family said that he had ended his hunger strike, Channel 2 reported.
Allan said he would continue to refuse medications but accept vital fluids and supplements until Israel’s Supreme Court rules on his case Wednesday, according to Bullos. Allan told doctors that unless a solution was found to his plight within 24 hours “he would stop taking anything including vitamins and water”, Bolus said. He denies the affiliation, and launched his strike to protest his being held for months without charge or trial.
The Palestinian militant movement Islamic Jihad describes Allan, a lawyer from the West Bank, as a member, as does Israel.
The Israeli government is deeply concerned that Palestinian prisoners who go on hunger strikes die in prison, instigating a wave of protest in the West Bank.
“During the course of the day, Mohammed gradually began to lose coherent contact with his surroundings, he didn’t talk sense… which could indicate a problem in his brain”, Chezy Levy, director of Barzelai hospital, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon said.
“If Allaan’s medical condition improves, and he asks to be transferred to a different hospital, he will have to submit a request to the authorities in order to do so”, Filo said.
Allan, 33, went on hunger strike in an attempt to persuade Israel to either release or charge him.
The scan results, however, were inconclusive.
The forced-feeding law was approved less than a month after Israel was compelled to release Khader Adnan, a famous former Palestinian prisoner, whose 56-day-long hunger strike brought him to the brink of death.
Mohammed Allan’s lawyer says the state has proposed a compromise under which Allan would be released in November, if he agrees to end his hunger strike.
The Israeli Medical Association, which has urged physicians not to cooperate, is challenging it in the Supreme Court.
The Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said, “Force-feeding violates medical ethics as it administers forceful treatment to a patient against his will, and is considered a form of torture”.
The representative added that Israel uses administrative detention “to coerce the Palestinians and deprive them of their life”.
Tensions have been high since a July firebombing attack by suspected Jewish extremists in the West Bank last month killed an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler and his father. But he said none was believed to be continuing the protests.