Arrangements Underway to Transfer Former Hunger Striker to Nablus Hospital

RAMALLAH, August 26, 2015 (WAFA) – Minister of detainees and ex-detainees affairs committee, Issa Qaraqe, Wednesday said arrangements are underway to transfer detainee, Mohammed Allan, who ended a two-month hunger strike after Israel agreed to suspend his detention without charge or trial, from Israeli Barzilai medical center to a hospital in Nablus to resume his medical treatment.

On August 20, the Israeli Supreme Court – taking into account the new medical evidence of Allan’s health status – issued a ruling temporarily suspending Allan’s detention, known as administrative, and ruled he could apply again for release if and when his condition improves.

Following the court’s decision to only suspend Allan’s detention, Amnesty International commented, the Israeli High Court’s decision was based on his medical condition alone – the results of the MRI scan – and “took no account of the legality of his detention.”

An MRI scan showed that Allan is suffering from an extensive brain damage he sustained as a result of the hunger strike. However, Qaraqi reported a noticeable improvement on Allan’s health and spirits as well; saying despite of the improvement, Allan continues to show signs of relapse, such as high fever.

Qaraqe reported on head of the Barzilali center, where Allan is currently being treated, as saying that Allan still needs time to regain his health, adding that, once that happens he could be transferred to another hospital.

To be noted, before the court’s rule, the Israeli military prosecution had tried to make Allan abandon his hunger strike, offering to release him if he agreed to be expelled abroad for a period of four years, a proposal that was outright rejected by Allan. At another time, they offered to release him in November when his six-month arbitrary sentence under administrative detention expires, but Allan also rejected this offer.

On Wednesday August 19, an Israeli state representative said that if his condition was “irreversible and permanent,” and rendered him unable “to resume his activities,” the ‘state’ would lift the detention order immediately, Amnesty reported. However, if the ex-detainee’s health improves, his detention could be re-imposed according to the court’s ruling.

Condemning the court’s ruling to suspend Allan’s administrative detention, Palestinian human rights organization Addameer said the ruling “condones arbitrary and administrative detention used by Israeli occupation forces in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

“The court’s decision to suspend Allan’s administrative detention and not to repeal it affirms that Palestinians cannot seek justice from the Israeli judicial system. Israeli courts at all levels merely serve as an instrument to legitimize the Israeli occupation’s policies including administrative detention,” said Addameer in a press release.