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Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger Strike Slips Into Coma

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Mohammed Allaan, who has been on a hunger strike for 60 days, is now on mechanical respiratory support, his lawyer says.


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fly bird (26)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 6:57 am
Mohammed Allaan, who has been on a hunger strike for 60 days, is now on mechanical respiratory support, his lawyer says.

The Red Cross warned last week that hunger-striking Mohammed Allaan's life is in immediate danger [AFP]

A Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for the past 60 days has now entered into a state of coma, his lawyer told Al Jazeera.

Mohammed Allaan, an alleged "Islamic Jihad" member, stopped eating in June to protest against being held by Israeli authorities without charge.

Israeli authorities have transferred Allaan from one hospital to another after they struggled to find a medic who would feed or examine the prisoner without his will.

Medics at Barzilai Medical Centre, where Allaan is being cared for, have refused to force-feed him, but are injecting his body with supplements essential for his survival.

"Mohammed slipped into a coma last night," his lawyer Jamil el-Khatib told Al Jazeera on Friday. "He is on mechanical respiratory support now," he said.

Allaan's mother is at the hospital along with a few activists, but no one is allowed to see him.

The Red Cross last week warned that Allaan's life is in immediate danger, and called upon Israeli authorities to allow his mother to visit him in hospital.

Allan was arrested in November 2014 and placed under administrative detention for two six-month periods.

He has been on hunger strike to protest his administrative detention, a controversial measure that allows Israel to detain suspects without charge for long periods.

RELATED: Israel struggles to find medics to force-feed prisoner

There were fears by human rights organisations that he would be force-fed after Israel's parliament last month passed into law the ability to force-feed prisoners on hunger strike.

Israeli group Physician for Human Rights said the government's sanctioning of force-feeding "pushes the medical community to severely violate medical ethics for political gains, as was done in other dark regimes in history".

The UN labelled hunger strikes "a fundamental human right".

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 7:02 am
Is there any truth to him being an alleged "Islamic Jihad" member?

fly bird (26)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 7:47 am
Call for Urgent Action - Palestinian Administrative Detainee on Hunger Strike in Critical Condition.

The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council, the Arab Association for Human Rights, Adalah and Physicians for Human Rights - Israel call for urgent action to save the life of Palestinian administrative detainee and attorney Mohammad Allan, who has been on hunger strike for 57 days in protest of his administrative detention without charge or trial since 6 November 2014. Mohammad Allan is currently detained in Barzilai hospital in Askalan. The Israeli Prison Services transferred Allan from Soroka hospital on 10 August after informing Allan’s lawyer of their intention to seek authorization to force-feed him, which was met by the refusal of the medical staff at Soroka hospital to carry out any forced examinations or treatment or Mr. Allan. Mahmoud Allan is currently in a dire physical state and in a very critical condition.

Adv. Samer Sama’an from Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association visited Mr. Allan in Barizlai hospital on 12 August 2015. Mr. Allan confirmed that he seeks to live, but a life of dignity and freedom. He also reported to adv. Sama’an that he suffers from blurred vision, strong pressure in his ears, fatigue, general pain in the body, and numbness in the hands and feet. He experiences difficulty in movement and in signing papers. He also suffers from weakness in the hands and legs, difficulty in balance, and inability to stand. He also complains of the lack of ability to sleep in Barzilai hospital for extended hours. He continues to refuse to take medical examinations and is only taking water. Despite his very fragile and critical situation of, the Israeli Prison Service still insists to keep Mr. Allan shackled by foot and arm to what could potentially become his deathbed in a very inhumane treatment and gesture.

Mohammad Allan was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on 6 November 2014 and has been under administrative detention since then. A six-month administrative detention order was issued following his arrest and was subsequently renewed in May 2015. After extending his administrative detention, Mohammad embarked on an open-ended hunger strike on the 16th of June 2015 in protest of his continued detention without trial.

The undersigned organizations warn that Mohammad Allan has reached a critically advanced medical condition and now may be nearing death. The continued arbitrary detention of Mohammad Allan under administrative detention violates international norms and standards as enshrined under the Fourth Geneva Convention which prohibits the systematic use of administrative detention by the occupying power against protected persons and limits its use for imperative security reasons and according to legal procedures which guarantee the right of a fair trial. The continued detention of Mohammad Allan endangers his life and violates his most basic rights to fair trial and human dignity.

The undersigned organizations further stress that any forced treatment, coercion or feeding of hunger striker Mohammad Allan while he is conscious and mentally competent constitute violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Any medical coercion on Allan despite his refusal may cause the opposite effect and result in severe health problems and even potentially jeopardize Allan’s life, as evident in Israel’s previous attempts to force-feed Palestinian hunger strikers during the 1980s, which resulted in several deaths. Force-feeding violates medical ethics as it administers forceful treatment to a patient against his will, and is considered a form of torture. The World Medical Association addressed the Prime Minister of Israel, stating the following: "Force-feeding is violent, very painful and absolutely in opposition to the principle of individual autonomy. It is a degrading, inhumane treatment, amounting to torture. But worse, it can be dangerous and is the most unsuitable approach to save lives." Article 7 of the 1975 World Medical Association Declaration of Tokyo explicitly states that doctors are not allowed to force-feed hunger strikers.

The undersigned organizations condemn Israel’s policy to allow the deterioration in the health condition of Mohammad Allan and refusing to negotiate his release in an attempt to escalate the current situation so as to proceed with force-feeding Mr. Allan and to undermine the use of hunger strikes as a non-violent form of protest by Palestinian prisoners and detainees who have no other means to protest and bring attention to the flagrant human rights violations they face in Israeli prisons. Depriving Palestinian detainees and prisoners from their fundamental right to peaceful protest by the means of hunger strikes is a major setback to the just demands of Palestinian detainees and prisoners in Israeli prisons who are demanding justice, dignity and basic rights.

We hereby urge immediate action including writing to relevant authorities, decision-makers, international bodies, diplomatic missions, and United Nations representative offices and agencies to pressure Israeli authorities to stop the use of administrative detention, to dismiss their plans to force-feed Mr. Allan and to put an end to his arbitrary detention in blatant violation of international human rights and humanitarian law guarantees and standards– in order to save his life.

fly bird (26)
Sunday August 16, 2015, 11:12 pm

ACTION ALERT Hunger striker Mohammad Allan in coma, near death

Contact the White House and State Department now to demand his release

(WASHINGTON DC 08/14/2015) – Political prisoner attorney Mohammad Allan is in a coma and on a ventilator, reportedly near death, after 59 days of a hunger strike he waged to protest being held under administrative detention.

Under administrative detention, prisoners are held without charge or trial. They are usually held for six months at a time period, which can be renewed indefinitely. The tactic, used commonly by Israel against Palestinians, contravenes numerous international laws as well as American laws the stipulate recipients of US foreign aid must uphold human rights.

Allan began his hunger strike on June 16, 2015 to protest the May renewal of his administrative detention for a further six months. in May. Israeli occupation authorities have refused Allan’s call to be released and instead tried to coerce Allan to end his hunger strike, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.


As is the case with many Palestinian political prisoners, Israel has deprived Allan of his rights to due process. They have held him for nine months without bringing any charges against him or without a trial.

The United States, as Israel’s largest financial supporter, is in a unique position to pressure Israel to release Allan. Call, email and Tweet today to ask President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to uphold our American values of justice, liberty and due process by demanding Israel release Allan today and to ensure he gets adequate medical treatment.


White House - 202-456-1111

Secretary Kerry - 202-647-9572

•Administrative Detention violates international laws and American laws.
•American law stipulates that countries receiving US foreign military assistance must uphold human rights.
•Holding Mohammad Allan without charge or trial is inhumane and violates all American values we hold so dear.
•Demand Israel release Allan immediately and ensure he receives proper medical attention.



President Barack Obama - @POTUS
Secretary Kerry - @JohnKerry


Countries receiving US foreign aid must uphold human rights #MohammadAllan is dying Israel denied his rights @POTUS @JohnKerry

.@POTUS @JohnKerry Plz demand Israel release dying hunger striker #MohammadAllan Administrative Detention is illegal and against US values

Administrative detention is illegal and goes against our values yet we still support Israel #MohammadAllan is dying @POTUS @JohnKerry

Do not let #MohammadAllan die for fighting for his human rights @POTUS @JohnKerry

S J (124)
Tuesday August 18, 2015, 7:13 pm
free Allan. thanks Jess

Stephen Brian (23)
Wednesday August 19, 2015, 11:16 pm

He is out of his coma and recovering. Israeli officials have reviewed his case and indicated that they will not renew his administrative detention when its current term ends, and will set him free at that time or sooner instead.

Animae C (507)
Wednesday February 10, 2016, 6:31 am
Thanx Jess
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