Israel Freezes Detention of Palestinian Hunger Striker as Long as He's Hospitalized

Islamic Jihad operative Khalil Awawdeh has been on a hunger strike since the start of July to protest his detention

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Family members of Khalil Awawdeh at the family house in Hebron, last week
Family members of Khalil Awawdeh at the family house in Hebron, last weekCredit: AP/Nasser Nasser

The Israeli army's Central Command froze on Friday Islamic Jihad operative Khalil Awawdeh's administrative detention's since his life is in immediate danger. However, if Awawdeh leaves the hospital, he would be again held in detention.

Awawdeh is no longer under watch and can see visitors, but he's not allowed to leave the hospital. His attorney, Ahlam Haddad, later said that he would not end his hunger strike until he's completely freed from detention.

Earlier on Friday, Haddad petitioned Israel's High Court of Justice to have Awawdeh released from administrative arrest, as his condition deteriorated after 170 days on hunger strike.

In the petition, Haddad asked the court to issue an order requiring the state to explain why it won’t release Awawdeh, who is held without charges, and to provide complete information on his client's medical condition.

Awawdeh has been on a hunger strike since the start of July to protest his detention. He was admitted to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center on August 11, where he is being held in leg restraints while undergoing treatment to keep him alive.

The petition claims that all the doctors who have examined Awawdeh, including those from the Prison Service and the hospital, agree that his condition is life-threatening – with three doctors affiliated with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel saying his life is in immediate danger. He has also been deemed at risk of permanent neurological damage.

Awawdeh made headlines this month when Islamic Jihad demanded his release during indirect cease-fire negotiations with Israel.

The hunger strike is the second Awawdeh has undertaken since his arrest, according to the petition. Awawadeh ended the first strike, which lasted from March to June, after being promised he would be released. He began the current strike after his administrative detention was extended.

Haddad asserted in the petition that because Awawdeh no longer poses a public threat due to his condition and was detained only as a preventative measure – he should be released immediately.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Prime Minister Yair Lapid, this month.

Lapid to Haaretz: ‘I Have Learned to Respect the Left’

“Dubi,” whose full name is secret in keeping with instructions from the Mossad.

The Mossad’s Fateful 48 Hours Before the Yom Kippur War

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer