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Arabs demonstrating for the release of hunger striking Islamic Jihad detainee Muhammed Allaan.

The High Court of Justice temporarily cancelled the state’s order of administrative detention late Wednesday night following a deterioration in the medical condition of Mohammed Alla’an.

It is unclear, however, how long that situation will last, and under what conditions it might be reinstated, if at all.

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Mohammed Alla’an was resedated Wednesday eveneing upon the recommendation of physicians at Barzilai Medical Center following a worsening in his medical condition.

“Alla’an is in stable condition and is receiving the treatment that is necessary to address the medical problems that became apparent during this evening,” a hospital spokesperson said in a statement.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist hunger striker who became unconscious last week after starving himself for more than 60 days, may have caused himself permanent brain damage.

Doctors at Barzilai Medical Center said in a statement Wednesday that Alla’an has been diagnosed via an MRI imaging study with brain damage due to nutrient deficiency.

It is not yet clear whether the damage is reversible, however. Alla’an remains hospitalized in serious condition at present.

Alla’an awakened from his “coma” on Tuesday after receiving IV fluids and “essential medications,” and spending several days on a respirator, which has since been withdrawn. He is conscious and breathing independently.

Attorneys for the State of Israel told the High Court of Justice the government would release the detainee if his brain damage is irreversible. The offer is contingent upon his proven inability to return to the activity for which he was held on administrative detention.

The government offered to release Alla’an last week in exchange for his agreement to remain abroad for a period of four years, but he rejected the offer just before he became unconscious.

The hospital has told media that Alla’an is showing difficulty “communicating with his surroundings.”

Although he allegedly received an offer from the court – via his attorneys – to release him on November 3, when the administrative order expires, Alla’an had “not yet responded,” according to Sawsan Zaher of the Adalah legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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