Muhammad Allan on 30th day of hunger strike for freedom

Palestinian lawyer Muhammad Allan is now on his 30th day of hunger strike against his unjust imprisonment by the Israeli occupation. Allan, 33, earlier conducted a 66-day hunger strike in 2015 when he was imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention, winning his release in November 2015.

Now, he is once again imprisoned by Israeli occupation forces, and he launched his hunger strike on 8 June, the same day occupation forces invaded and ransacked his home in the village of Einabus near Nablus, seizing him. After a week of hunger strike, he was transferred to solitary confinement in Megiddo prison. He was then transferred to Shatta prison, then Gilboa prison and then returned to Megiddo, all in isolation. The Israel Prison Service uses frequent transfers as a form of pressure on Palestinian prisoners, particularly those on hunger strike.

On Wednesday, 5 July, the Salem Military Court once again extended his detention. On Sunday, the military court indicated that he will be charged with “incitement” for posting on social media about politics and for participating in demonstrations to support Palestinian prisoners and demand their freedom. He has declared that he is determined to strike until it is clear that he will not be ordered to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.

Allan has spent over three years in Israeli prisons over the years, under administrative detention and accused of membership in a prohibited organization, Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He is a practicing lawyer.

In New York City, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network will protest on Friday, 7 July for Allan’s release as he enters his 30th day of hunger strike. Protesters will also urge the boycott of Hewlett-Packard (HP), computer and printer products, as HP has multiple contracts to provide the technological infrrastructure for apartheid, including database services for Israeli prisons.