Suspending Palestinian hunger striker’s detention rewards terror, MKs say

Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan. Credit: Provided photo.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israel’s High Court of Justice on Wednesday suspended the administrative detention of Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist Mohammad Allan. The unusual move followed a hunger strike of more than 60 days staged by Allan and prompted a number of Israeli Knesset members to argue that the decision marks a reward for terrorism.

Allan has been hospitalized at the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon for several weeks. Wednesday’s ruling, rendered in a closed-door hearing, is believed to have stemmed from the revelation that Allan, 31, has suffered brain damage as a result of his hunger strike.

Barzilai Director Dr. Hezi Levy informed Allan of the decision, and the latter agreed to end his hunger strike. Nevertheless, due to his severe medical condition, doctors decided to sedate him for treatment. 

“This decision is a direct result of the position taken by the Israel Medical Association (IMA), headed by Dr. Leonid Eidelman, on the issue of refusing to treat hunger strikers until they lose consciousness and there are concerns of irreparable damage. It is time the IMA and its director respect the law instead of taking action that ultimately lead to terrorists’ release,” Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said Wednesday.

Culture and Sport Minister MK Miri Regev (Likud) said, “The High Court of Justice has capitulated to terrorist extortion. Allan is the inventor of a new suicide system, targeting Israel’s justice system and humanity.”

Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan (Habayit Hayehudi) said the ruling “compromises national security. It’s giving in to one detainee’s blackmail, and it effectively rewards terrorism. It may lead to mass hunger strikes by security prisoners.”

MK Yoav Kisch (Likud) said, “Releasing the hunger-striking detainee is a prize for terrorism. Israel is fighting Palestinian terrorism, and part of that fight includes administrative detention. Without this measure we would suffer many more casualties. It’s unthinkable that we’ll capitulate to terrorism and release them.”

Posted on August 20, 2015 .