Palestinian lawyer Muhammad Allan, held in administrative detention without charge or trial since November 14 and on hunger strike for 56 days demanding his release, has been moved from Soroka Hospital to Barzilai Hospital in Ashdod in the early morning of 10 August. Allan is in a critical medical condition after 56 days of hunger strike. He is being threatened with force-feeding under the new Israeli force-feeding law condemned by United Nations officials, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Health Organization, the Israeli Medical Association and numerous human rights organizations.
Force-feeding is a cruel, inhumane and degrading practice that amounts to torture and threatens the health and life of Palestinian prisoners. Allan was threatened with force-feeding beginning last Friday, but Physicians for Human Rights-Israel reported that doctors at Soroka Hospital had refused to force-feed Allan. The move to Barzilai – where Allan continues to be denied family visits and is shackled hand and foot to his hospital bed – only raises fears that the Israeli military will attempt to force-feed him soon. International action and solidarity is critical to prevent this torture against an unjustly imprisoned Palestinian.
Take Action: Demand freedom – not force feeding – for Muhammad Allan!
1. Sign on: Send a letter demanding Allan’s freedom, and that he not be force-fed. Israeli officials must hear the voice of the world demanding that this threat of torture be stopped, and that Allan, imprisoned without charge or trial, be freed.
2. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area. Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this issue in your next event about Palestine and social justice. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.
3. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, a global security corporation, is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott it. Palestinian political prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S. Learn more about BDS atbdsmovement.net.