A month ago, administrative detainee Muhammad Allan was deemed a major security threat to Israel. Now the army has decided to release him on the condition that he does not go back on hunger strike. By Yael Marom One day a man wakes up to find out he no longer constitutes a threat to the State of Israel. After being imprisoned for an entire year without trial, going on hunger strike for more than two months until he suffered brain damage, was sent back to administrative detention once he began his recovery and went back on hunger strike, the army…Read More...
Israel is currently imprisoning over 350 Palestinians and three Jewish Israelis without trial and with no way of defending themselves against charges they often aren't even allowed to see. As Palestinians demand international intervention, Israeli lawmakers move to codify the practice. Activists in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday demanded that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) intervene on behalf of Palestinians being held by Israel in administrative detention. Administrative detention is a practice, taken from British Mandate law, which Israel uses to detain Palestinians (and some Jews) without charge or trial — indefinitely. [tmwinpost] Administrative detention…Read More... | 4 Comments
Israel's defense minister says he knows who is responsible for burning an entire family alive, but that charging them in court isn't the state's top priority. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed at least a handful of times to do everything in his power to bring the murders of the Dawabsha family to justice. His defense minister, Moshe Ya’alon, on Wednesday hinted that the state’s priorities may have shifted — or that it may have a different definition of justice. “The security agencies know who is responsible for the [Duma arson attack] but are abstaining from putting them on trial in…Read More... | 36 Comments
Like Palestinians today, Jewish hunger strikers used the method to demand fair trial and better jail conditions in 1950s Iraq. Orit Bashkin Some have compared the act of hunger striking to terrorism, claiming that there is no difference between a suicide bomber who targets civilians on a bus and a political prisoner who puts himself on the verge of death. These types of comparisons are baseless, of course. And it is also important to remember that hunger strikes have played an important role in the struggle of political prisoners, from suffragists in America to Mahatma Gandhi in India, as a…Read More... | 2 Comments
This week, the state announced that hunger striker Mohammad Allan would be released only if he has suffered irreversible brain damage. But what if this is only part of a greater state system that criminalizes and punishes those who oppose it? By Idan Gillo It sounds like bad satire, or at least a provocative play: a man is arrested under “administration detention,” thrown into prison without any reasonable legal processing, without trial, without a hearing of the evidence against him, and without a proper debate. He started a hunger strike, his situation deteriorated, and at some point the state declared that…Read More... | 2 Comments
By freezing Muhammed Allan’s administrative detention, Israel proves that the only way for Palestinians to successfully challenge its unlawful detention policy is to starve themselves to brain damage. In its decision to suspend Muhammed Allan's administrative detention Wednesday night, Israel's High Court has sent a clear message: if you are of sound mind and body, you will remain imprisoned without question. But if you slip into a coma, we'll consider lifting your administrative detention, at least temporarily. [tmwinpost] To put it more bluntly, as long as you are essentially a vegetable, you're free to go. However, if we see that your situation…Read More...
High Court freezes Muhammad Allan's administrative detention order. Decision comes hours after state announces it will release him should it be proven that he has suffered permanent brain damage. After more than 65 days of hunger strike Israel's High Court of Justice froze Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Allan's administrative detention order Wednesday evening. According to Haaretz, the court order does not release Allaan from administrative detention, but rather freezes the order for the period of his treatment in Barzilai Hospital. When his condition stabilizes, Allan may petition authorities to be transferred to another hospital. The response to that will be…Read More...
While petitioners argued that Mohammad Allan, now on his 64th day of a hunger strike, currently poses no risk to security, the state only agreed to his release on the condition that he live outside of the country for four years. The Supreme Court held a hearing on Monday to consider demands to release Mohammad Allan, a Palestinian detainee who since Friday has been in a coma at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon as a result of a 64-day hunger strike. While the state rejected the petitions to drop the administrative detention orders, it said it would be willing to release Allan…Read More...
Administrative detention does not allow the accused to learn the charges against him, and therefore cannot defend himself against it. It’s a sort of parallel universe where due process doesn’t exist, and you go to jail simply because someone said so. By Talal Jabari In February, a viral video showed an Israeli passenger on an Israeli airline who really wanted to purchase duty-free chocolate and who felt that she was being neglected by the flight attendant. That feeling of neglect quickly turned into anger, and she began shouting, “What am I, an Arab?” to the support of at least one…Read More...
A tent belonging to a Bedouin in the West Bank was torched in an apparent 'revenge' attack. By +972 Magazine Staff A Bedouin tent was burned Wednesday night in Ain Samiya, in the West Bank, in a suspected attack by the "price tag" movement, a group of pro-settler Israelis who vow that for every time the government seeks to curb settlement expansion it will exact a "price" by attacking Palestinian properties or persons. The tent was not occupied at the time, and only contained food that was intended for the Bedouin owner's herds, according to the human rights NGO Rabbis…Read More...
We have become so accustomed to the idea that detaining people without charge or trial is fine. So much so that the discussion now revolves around how we should allow them to die, rather than why we have reached this point in the first place. By Yael Marom and Noam Rotem It may be true that Attorney Mohammed Allan, who has been on hunger strike against his administrative detention for the past 54 days, is a bloodthirsty criminal. It may be true that Meir Ettinger, who was put in administrative detention last week, is the source of all evil in…Read More...
Israeli authorities tell Mohammad Allan, who has been hunger striking to protest being held without charge, that they intend to ask a district court to authorize force-feeding him. Israeli authorities plan to use a brand new “force-feeding” law against a Palestinian man currently being held without charge who is on the 52nd day of a hunger strike. Authorities on Friday told Mohammad Allan's attorney that they intend to ask a district court to authorize force-feeding him, according to Physicians for Human Rights — Israel. PHR sent out a press release on Saturday: This would be the first recourse to the shameful…Read More...
Using administrative detention on violent settlers has far more to do with a state seeking to restore its monopoly on violence than equality, Palestinian safety or an end to the occupation. By Moriel Rothman-Zecher Jewish extremists are suspected to have been behind the heinous murder of an 18-month-old Palestinian child in the West Bank last week. Following the murder, Prime Minister Netanyahu branded the perpetrators “terrorists.” Opposition leader Isaac Herzog proclaimed that “Jewish terrorists” should be treated just like “Islamist terrorists,” saying they should be held in administrative detention and that their families’ homes should be demolished. This was not just…Read More... | 2 Comments
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