Israel Re-arrests Prominent Palestinian Hunger Striker

(Anadolu via MEMO)

Israeli authorities today re-arrested Mohammad Allan – a Palestinian activist who recently waged a weeks-long hunger strike to protest against his continued detention by Israel – upon his release from hospital, according to local media.

“Mohammad Allan was arrested by Israeli army forces following his release from the Brazilai medical centre and handed over to the Israeli Prison Authority,” Israel’s channel 10 reported today.

According to the broadcaster, the activist was re-arrested following an administrative order issued by Israeli military prosecutors and transferred to a medical centre run by the prison authority.

Following the move, Israel deployed its Iron Dome anti-missile defence system in the southern cities of Ashkelon and Beersheba.

A 31-year-old lawyer from the occupied West Bank and a member of Palestine’s Islamic Jihad resistance group, Allan was detained by Israeli authorities last November for alleged resistance activity.

In mid-June, he began a hunger strike to protest against his ongoing custody under Israel’s policy of “administrative detention”, which allows suspects to be held for renewable periods without trial or charge.

On 20 August, Israeli authorities agreed to remove him from administrative detention in exchange for ending a 65-day hunger strike that had drawn international media attention and sparked demonstrations in both Israel and the occupied West Bank.

(Middle East Monitor)

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