Muhammad Allan’s lawyer, Jamal al-Khatib, has stated that the 31-year-old Palestinian lawyer has ended his hunger strike after 65 days following the order of the Israeli Supreme Court as of the evening of 19 August, according to reports.
Allan has been held under administrative detention without charge or trial since November 2014 and launched his hunger strike over two months ago, demanding his release. He fell into a coma last Friday, from which he awakened yesterday. An MRI conducted today showed that Allan has suffered brain damage after two months without nutrients.
The order this evening from the Israeli Supreme Court indicates that the current administrative detention order against Allan is not valid due to his medical condition; however, the issue of reimposing administrative detention on him following his medical treatment is left unresolved, and instead notes that he will receive his treatment in Barzilai as a patient, not a prison – but must apply with the court in order to transfer to another hospital. Therefore, Muhammad Allan’s situation remains critical not only medically but politically: it is essential to keep up loud and active solidarity demanding his immediate release and not allow his detention to be reimposed away from the eyes of the world.
Samidoun will provide updates on this developing news situation. Allan had pledged to stop all medical treatment yesterday if no resolution was found for his case within 24 hours; earlier this morning he rejected an Israeli proposal to release him on 3 November.