Israel rearrests Palestinian hunger striker after he recovers


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel rearrested a Palestinian security prisoner who recovered from a 65-day hunger strike.

Mohammed Allaan, 33, was taken in Wednesday after being released from the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, in southern Israel. He was sent to a prison in central Israel.

Allaan reportedly decided to restart his hunger strike once he was returned to custody, Reuters reported, citing a relative of Allan’s.

The Israeli army told the nation’s media that Allaan was rearrested due to intelligence information.

Allaan, allegedly a member of the Islamic Jihad militant group who has been held in administrative detention without charges since November, ended his hunger strike last month after Israel’s Supreme Court suspended, but did not cancel, his administrative detention order over his declining health due to the hunger strike. Allaan reportedly suffered brain damage from the hunger strike; it was unclear whether the damage was reversible.

His hunger strike prompted Israel to pass legislation last month permitting force-feeding. The Israeli Medical Association has said it plans to challenge the law in the Supreme Court and urged physicians not to comply with it. Doctors in two Israeli hospitals refused to perform tests and nutrition to Allaan without his consent.

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