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
In response to 'Jewish' terrorism Israeli authorities are taking some of the worst tools used against Palestinians and applying them to everyone. Thus Israel-Palestine went from a place where half the population is denied basic rights to a place where anybody — Jew and Arab alike — can lose them at any time. The problem with anti-terror laws is that they are always legislated in the wake of unimaginably horrifying terror attacks. In one such attack last week, extremist Jewish settlers attempted to burn an entire Palestinian family alive in their sleep, and succeeded in murdering a small baby. On…Read More... | 6 Comments
Adnan, who is to be released in less than a week according to a deal reached with the state, is still being shackled to his hospital bed. By Yael Marom Just over a week after ending his 54-day hunger strike, administrative detainee Khader Adnan was re-hospitalized in recent days following a deterioration in his medical condition. Adnan reached a deal with Israeli officials last week to end his hunger strike in exchange for being released from custody on July 12. The state also agreed not to extend his administrative detention. [tmwinpost] The rehabilitation process after such a long hunger strike…Read More...
Adnan has been on hunger strike for over 50 days in protest of being held without charge, trial or being convicted of a crime. By Yael Marom Palestinian administrative detainee Khader Adnan will end his 50-plus-day hunger strike after reaching a deal with Israeli authorities that will see him released on July 12, according to members of Knesset who were privy to the negotiations late Sunday night. [tmwinpost] The deal was expected to be signed in the early morning hours on Monday, according to Balad MK Jamal Zahalka. “The strike will be over the moment the deal is signed,” and…Read More... | 3 Comments
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