Palestinian Hunger Striker Released From Israeli Prison

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The mother of Mohammed Allan, a Palestinian prisoner who was on a long-term hunger strike, holds a portrait of her son during a rally calling for his release, Be'er Sheva, Aug. 9, 2015.Credit: AFP

Mohammed Allan, who went on a hunger strike for 65 days in the summer to protest his being held without trial, was released from prison on Thursday.

His release came as his period of administrative detention ended. Allan was brought to the hospital in Tul Karm for an examination, and from there went home to Einabus, a village south of Nablus in the West Bank. Thousands came out to welcome him home.

On his release, Allan said he succeeded with the help of God and support of the Palestinian people from the entire political spectrum in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and within the Green Line.

“This proves that the Palestinian people are a people who do not forget their sons and support their prisoners,” he said.

Allan, a 33-year-old lawyer, was arrested a year ago on a six-month administrative order that was later extended. After going on hunger strike and suffering neurological damage, the High Court of Justice froze the order, and Allan ended his hunger strike the next day.

In September, when he was released from  Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, the head of the IDF’s Central Command, Maj. Gen. Roni Numa, signed an order renewing his detention. The IDF spokesman said at the time that the renewal of the detention was based on intelligence information.  

Allan was detained in November 2014 after Israeli security services received information that he was allegedly involved in promoting terrorist attacks with Islamic Jihad operatives. Security officials said the intelligence against Allan, who was imprisoned from 2006 to 2009 for helping recruit suicide bombers and aiding wanted terrorists, was of considerable scope and considered “serious.”

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