[Pnews] On 34th day, Palestinian Political Prisoner Muhammad Allan ends hunger strike in Israeli prison

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Wed Jul 12 13:17:39 EDT 2017


  On 34th day, Muhammad Allan ends hunger strike in Israeli prison

July 12, 2017 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=778030
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- After completing at least 33 days on hunger strike, 
imprisoned Palestinian lawyer Muhammad Allan suspended his hunger strike 
on Tuesday.

Local reports said Allan ended the hunger strike after he reached a deal 
with the Israel Prison service (IPS) to end his strike.

In response to a request for comment Wednesday, an IPS spokesperson only 
confirmed that Allan was no longer on hunger strike but provided no 
other details regarding the reported agreement.

Allan, a lawyer from the Nablus-area village of Einabus in the northern 
occupied West Bank, had been released from prison in November 2015 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=768664> after a year-long stint 
in administrative detention -- Israel’s widely condemned policy of 
internment without charge or trial -- during which time he carried out a 
grueling 66-day hunger strike 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=767685> in protest of his 
detention.

However, Allan was redetained by Israeli forces on June 8 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777544> and began his hunger 
strike <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777657> that same day.
He wasreportedly placed in solitary confinement 10 days into his strike 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777686>.

An Israeli military court charged Allan with “incitement” on social 
media and for attending demonstrations in support of Palestinian 
prisoners, prompting his father to say at the time that Israeli forces 
“have been after his son to detain him and take revenge on him since the 
day he was released last year from administrative detention.”

Israeli authorities have justified their crackdown on Palestinian social 
media activity, arguing that a wave of unrest that began in October 2015 
was stoked by online “incitement,” though Palestinians have instead 
pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel's 
50-year military occupation 
<https://al-shabaka.org/roundtables/palestinian-youth-revolt-any-role-for-political-parties/> 
of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon as 
reasons for acts of violence.

Suppression of Palestinian freedom of expression in recent months has 
also seen bookstores shuttered 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776470>, while activists 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776270>, journalists 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=776023>, novelists 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=775895>, and poets 
<http://mondoweiss.net/2016/10/trials-dareen-detention/> have been detained.

Allan’s strike came in the wake of a 40-day hunger strike carried out by 
hundreds of Palestinian prisoners 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=777343> denouncing the 
infringement of their basic human rights in Israeli custody. Despite 
Palestinian officials and leaders of the hunger strike declaring 
victory, IPS has repeatedly denied that it negotiated with the prisoners 
or acceded to any of their demands.
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