Mohammed Allaan Says Will Resume Hunger Strike if Placed in Detention Again

In interview to Hamas-affiliated website, Islamic Jihad activist who recently ended 65-day hunger strike says administrative detention policy must end.

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Protesters in support of Mohammed Allaan, Haifa, August 18, 2015.
Protesters in support of Mohammed Allaan, Haifa, August 18, 2015.Credit: Rami Shlush
Jack Khoury
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Mohammed Allaan, a Palestinian detainee and Islamic Jihad activist who ended a 65-day hunger strike on Thursday, said over the weekend that he will go on another hunger strike if Israel puts him in administrative detention again.

"I'm now a free man, but if the occupation regime arrests me – I'll resume the hunger strike until they stop this tragedy called 'administrative detention,' which I and many others experience in the occupation's prisons," Allaan told the Hamas-affiliated A-Risala website.

Allaan noted in the interview that he is in a good mood despite his medical condition, and said his doctors recommended that he stay in the hospital for ten more days, until he can resume eating regularly.

"Administrative detention stopped the lives of thousands of Palestinians with no conviction or court ruling, and this policy must be ended," he said.

Allaan also called on the international community and human-rights groups to pressure Israel to end administrative detention.

Allaan ended his prolonged hunger strike after Israel's High Court froze the administrative order for his detention on Wednesday evening. According to the court ruling, Allaan will remain in the intensive care unit at the Barzilai Medical Center, and if it is discovered that he suffered neurological damage, the administrative order would be revoked altogether.

Allaan, a 33-year-old attorney from the village of Einabus in the West Bank, was initially placed in administrative detention for six months in November 2014. The detention has since been extended. He was arrested after Israeli security services received information that he was allegedly involved in terrorist activities with Islamic Jihad operatives. Security officials said the intelligence against Allaan, who has previously served time for enlisting suicide bombers and assisting wanted persons, was of considerable scope and "serious."

On Friday, Allaan filmed a video in which he thanked those who supported him in his struggle and stood with his family.

The video filmed at the Barzilai Medical Center, where Allaan is hospitalized, shows him thanking his supporters and among them Israeli Arabs who rallied for his release. Despite reports that Allan suffered brain damage, Allaan seems to be speaking clearly and coherently in the video.

"I thank each and every one of you who stood by our side by the side of the family, in front of the hospital and everywhere else, to the brothers inside (Israel) I kiss them on the forehead and hands for taking a stand," Allaan said addressing Palestinian citizens of Israel. "It proves that we are one people, and no distance or border will separate us. I hope we won't have to deal with more struggles and crises. I thank everyone again and God who helped me out of this crisis."

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