Security forces brace for riots in prisons, Jerusalem after hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner loses consciousness
(SOURCE) An Islamic Jihad activist released from Israeli jail in July after a 56-day hunger strike called on Palestinians to confront Israeli security forces over the deteriorating condition of another Palestinian hunger striker, Mohammed Allaan, who lost consciousness Friday in an Ashkelon hospital.
Khader Adnan, released by Israel in mid-July, also called for “the Palestinian resistance” to do all it could to save Allaan’s life.
Palestinian reports said Friday that the Islamic Jihad group, a terror organization supported by Iran, has threatened “escalation” if Allaan’s condition worsens.
Israeli security forces raised the alert level in Jerusalem and in prisons housing Palestinian security prisoners amid concerns that Allaan’s condition may trigger rioting.
Allaan’s mother Maazouze is visiting him in hospital Friday morning.
Allaan has been held by Israel since last November on suspicion of terror activities and membership in the Islamic Jihad group. He has been on a hunger strike for 59 days. He lost consciousness Friday morning at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.
Allaan is striking to protest being held without trial under special anti-terror rules called “administrative detention,” which allow indefinite incarceration as a preventative measure when intelligence points to terror activities.
On July 30, the Knesset passed a law allowing the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners. Doctors’ organizations have said they would refuse to carry out the practice, which, they claimed, contravenes medical ethics.
Allaan is currently sedated and receiving oxygen. As his condition deteriorated over the past day, he began experiencing spasms and hallucinations, and doctors had to resuscitate him Friday, according to hospital officials quoted by the Ynet news site.
All 13 lawmakers of the Joint (Arab) List are at the hospital visiting Allaan, the party said in a statement Friday.
Supporters of Allaan held a protest outside Barzilai Medical Center Wednesday, which was followed by a counter-protest by far-right demonstrators in the same place Thursday evening.
Detainees in administrative detention can appeal their incarceration to the High Court of Justice, but do not appear in court or have access to the evidence against them.