[Pnews] Israeli high court rejects petition to free Palestinian hunger-striking prisoner

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  Israeli high court rejects petition to free hunger-striking prisoner

Maureen Clare Murphy 
<https://electronicintifada.net/people/maureen-clare-murphy> 
<https://electronicintifada.net/blog/rights-and-accountability> 4 August 
2015
*https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/israeli-high-court-rejects-petition-free-hunger-striking-prisoner*

Israel’s high court 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/israeli-high-court> on Tuesday 
denied a petition put forward by a lawyer representing hunger-striking 
Palestinian political prisoner Muhammad Allan 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/muhammad-allan> calling for the 
man’s release.

Allan has been held by Israel since 6 November 2014 without charge or 
trial, a draconian practice known as “administrative detention 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/administrative-detention>” — 
indefinitely renewable military court orders based on “secret evidence” 
which is not revealed even to the prisoner or their attorney.

Allan, a laywer from Einbus village near the city of Nablus 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/nablus> in the northern occupied 
West Bank, was supposed to appear before the high court Monday. But his 
hearing was delayed after the Israel Prison Service 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/israel-prison-service> failed to 
provide an ambulance to transport him from a prison clinic, according to 
the Mohja Jerusalem Foundation, as reported 
<http://www.qudsn.ps/article/72470> by the Arabic-language /Quds/ news site.

The association called the Israeli court’s decision a “death sentence” 
against the prisoner, who was on his 48th day of hunger strike 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/hunger-strike> today.

Allan’s health has deteriorated during his strike; he suffers from 
vision problems and is vomiting blood. He cannot stand continuously and 
has dropped in body weight, according to Mohja Jerusalem.


    Multiple hunger strikes

/Quds/ reported <http://www.qudsn.ps/article/72386> on Monday that six 
additional prisoners are on hunger strike, despite a bill passed by 
Israel’s parliament, the Knesset 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/knesset>, which would permit the 
force-feeding of hunger strikers.

Those prisoners include Khairy Daraghma and Abd al-Majid Khdeirat from 
the Tubas area of the West Bank. Daraghma began his strike on 27 July 
protesting a lengthy delay in surgery and Khdeirat embarked on his 
strike four days ago in protest of the extension of the administrative 
orders against him; his brother was also reported to be on solidarity 
strike.

The Jordanian national Abdallah Abu Jaber has been on strike since 19 
July, demanding transfer to Jordan for the remainder of his 20-year 
sentence.

Mousa Sufan also began his strike on 19 July, in protest of his solitary 
confinement, and Abd al-Rahman Othman started refusing food nearly two 
weeks ago in protest of his isolation and denial of family visits.


    Gravely ill prisoner

Meanwhile, /Quds/ reported <http://www.qudsn.ps/article/72473> on 
Tuesday that Mohja Jerusalem obtained a letter from prisoner Mutasem 
Redad, who suffers from bowel cancer and multiple other illnesses, 
stating that Israel is denying him family visits.

Redad said in his letter that Israel withdrew permission to his mother 
and sisters when they were on their way to visit him at the Ramle prison 
clinic and told them that they were banned for security reasons.

The prisoner asked in his letter what danger he could pose to the 
occupier state, given his grave health condition.

Mohja Jerusalem urged the International Committee of the Red Cross 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/icrc> to intervene in Redad’s case.

Redad, 31, is from the West Bank town of Tulkarm and has been imprisoned 
since 2006. He is serving a 20-year sentence for belonging to the armed 
wing of the Islamic Jihad 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/islamic-jihad> movement and for 
involvement in resistance against the occupation, according to /Quds/.

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