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November 26, 2015 / 14 Kislev, 5776
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Minister Uri Ariel: Keep Administrative Detention for ‘Time Bombs’

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Hunger-striking Palestinian Islamic Jihad administrative detainee prisoner Mohammed Alla’an is still in very serious condition at Barzilai Medical Center, but is not being force-fed, and technically he is free at this time.

The High Court of Justice has suspended his administrative detention after it became clear that his medical condition had deteriorated and he had caused himself brain damage as a result of refusing food for more than 60 days.

Attorneys for the suspected terrorist and for the state have been debating over what has been the core cause of Alla’an’s condition — his hunger strike or the administrative detention that led him to refuse food in a bid for freedom.

Few are pointing to the behavior that led to the administrative detention in the first place, in part because the evidence has not been made public.

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel told Galei Tzahal Army Radio in an interview this morning (Aug. 20) he opposes the use of administrative detention except for when the suspect can be classified as a “ticking time bomb.”

“The State of Israel resorts to the practice of administrative detentions too easily and too often,” Ariel said. “It should only be used in cases in which there is an imminent threat of an attack.”

Ariel said the state, rather than the High Court, has mishandled the current situation with the hunger-striking Alla’an.

“My problem is not with the High Court of Justice,” the minister said. “It’s the fact that the representatives of the state don’t force-feed him and make sure that [Allan] stays alive.”

“They can’t find any doctor in the entire country willing to force-feed him,” Ariel said. “It boggles the mind. The situation that has been created is more than strange.”

2 More Arab Administrative Detainees Go on Hunger Strike

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) Arab administrative detainee Shireen Issawi on Monday joined her brother Samer Tariq Issawi in a hunger strike in solidarity with administrative detainee Muhammad Allan, Ma’an reported Monday night. Samer Issawi began his strike on Sunday.

Shireen Issawi is suspected of involvement with terrorist organizations.

Samer, who is affiliated with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was arrested by the IDF in April 2002, for manufacturing and distributing pipe bombs and for firing indiscriminately at Israeli civilians. He was convicted of membership in an illegal organization, possession of explosives, and attempted murder.

In October 2011, Samer was released along with 1027 other Palestinian prisoners, as part of the deal between Hamas and Israel for the return of Gilad Shalit.

In July 2012, Samer was re-arrested for violating the terms of his release by leaving Jerusalem and entering the PA governed territory. His attorney, Andre Rosenthal, stated that Samer was just taking his car to be fixed at a garage across the green line.

Samer was convicted of violating the terms of his release, which could have meant reinstating his original 26-year sentence. He then went on a hunger strike, which was followed by a deal with the Israeli government for him to serve the eight months for violating his release conditions, after which he was freed to his Jerusalem home.

Then, in June 2014, Samer was detained once more by the IDF, and in May 2015 a military court reinstated his original sentence.

Back in April 2014, Arabs under administrative detention in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike against the security regulation that allows the government to plead with a judge in camera to keep a person deemed a security risk in prison without a trial. The strike was begun by 125 detainees, but their numbers later dropped to 80.

5 Jews Arrested in Counter Protest at Barzilai Hospital

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Five Jews were arrested Sunday night in a counter protest held across from a solidarity demonstration supporting Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist prisoner Mohammed Alla’an, hospitalized at Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center.

Some 200 protesters are demonstrating outside the hospital in solidarity with Alla’an who is now unconscious due to his extensive hunger strike. The demonstration is being secured by Israel police forces.

The counter demonstration by Jewish protesters has been marred by rioting and public disorder.

Five protesters were arrested, including one who hurled a rock at the vehicle of a Palestinian Authority Arab journalist, causing some damage.

Alla’an, who continued his hunger strike for more than 60 days before lapsing into unconsciousness on Friday, was placed on medical support Friday after he experienced hallucinations and convulsions.

The patient was provided with a respirator and saline via IV; he was also taken for a CT scan to determine whether he had lapsed into a coma. As of Saturday night he was listed in stable condition, and his condition remained unchanged as of Sunday evening.

PIJ Terrorist Prisoner Hunger Striker on Medical Support

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Palestinian Arab terror prisoner Mohammed Ala’an slipped into unconsciousness Friday after 60 days on a hunger strike and is now on life support at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

Ala’an, 31, has been held in prison on administrative detention on suspicions of involvement in terrorist activity with the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group.

Because he also experienced hallucinations and convulsions, doctors at Barzilai were forced to resuscitate the patient and then place him on a respirator.

Ala’an, who was admitted to the hospital earlier this week, also received a saline drip and was taken for a CT scan to determine whether he is in a coma. On Saturday evening he was listed in stable condition.

The military wing of the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, to which he is alleged to belong, threatened Friday to attack if Ala’an dies.

“If he dies, we will respond with force and put an end to our commitment to maintaining calm,” the group said in a statement.

Doctors at the hospital who to this point have not treated him — in accordance with his wishes — expressed concern to Ala’an’s family that he may suffer disability in the future as a result of the hunger strike.

Ala’an’s mother has been at his bedside, according to Ynet, which reported that she is “supporting her son and encouraging him to continue his protest. According to medical teams she even calls him a ‘shahid (martyr) .”

His father said Ala’an is “determined to continue his hunger strike despite its threat to his life. Now he is in the hands of his God and all we can do is pray to God to protect his life.”


TZOHAR Rabbis Say Forced Feeding of Hunger Striking Terrorists OK Under Jewish Law

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

(JERUSALEM- June 16, 2015) Amidst a growing controversy within the Israeli government and justice system over responses to planned “hunger strikes” in the country’s prisons, the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization said that forced feedings of prisoners to prevent them doing harm to themselves is fully acceptable under Jewish law.

Tzohar’s announcement came following a governmental decision earlier in the week which allowed prison authorities to force nutrition upon prisoners in instances where self-imposed hunger strikes posed a danger to the patient’s well-being.

“In Jewish tradition, human life is something which is given to us by God and it is not up to us to harm our own bodies- even if it is for something one views as having great value. This includes taking upon oneself a hunger strike,” Tzohar said in a statement. “We therefore concur with the government’s decision that when viewed as judicially prudent, prisoners can be forced to intake nutrition and this action would be in accordance with halacha and salutes the Jewish outlook on the centrality of human life.”

Tzohar Founder and President Rabbi David Stav added, “The human body was created in God’s image and we as people have no right to intentionally harm that creation. I therefore believe the government decision was the correct one and should be respected.”

Palestinian Terrorists End Hunger Strike

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Dozens of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails ended their protest Wednesday. Dozens of terrorists were hospitalised in Israel as a result of the strike, which also prompted Knesset discussions about force-feeding the prisoners.

No details of the agreement with the Israel Prison Service were announced, but Shawqi al-Ayasa, the minister of prisoner affairs for the newly-formed Palestinian unity government, told Agence France Presse that “a major portion of prisoners’ demands had been met.” 

As of this writing, Israeli officials have not reacted to the announcement.

According to Palestinian reports,  Qadura Fares, a former minister in the Palestinian Legislative Council and long-time advocate for Palestinian prisoners, said said the agreement “states that the prisoners stay in hospital until they recover, and then they will be taken to the prisons they were in before the strike while Israel ends punitive measures against them.”

The measures included limited visits by family members as well as removal of televisions and other amenities from their jail rooms.

Justice Ministry: No Problem Force-Feeding Inmates

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Officials in the Justice Ministry have rejected claims that the proposal to force-feed hunger striking Palestinians is “cruel”, and they said Monday that the bill currently under consideration is “measured and balanced.”

According to a report on Israel Radio, the director general of the Ministry said that past experience has shown that hunger strikers don’t really want to die, and that doctors were stressed by the possibility that striking prisoners could die if they do not eat.

The report cited Deputy Attorney General Raz Nizri, who said two European courts have ruled that force-feeding can cause irreversible injury. However, Nisri believes the State would defend doctors who force-feed prisoners in accordance with court rulings.

MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) told Israel Radio that most of his colleagues oppose the law, and added that Israel “doesn’t care” whether the prisoners die of hunger. However, the current bill could harm the country and international hasbara efforts.

Seventy-six Palestinians are currently on a joint hunger strike.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/justice-ministry-no-problem-force-feeding-inmates/2014/06/23/

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