Force-feeding concerns over Palestinian prisoner

Mohammed Allaan over 50 days hunger-striker may be force-fed by Israeli authorities

Force-feeding concerns over Palestinian prisoner

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Palestinian prisoner, who has been hunger striking for over 50 days, was moved to a different hospital by Israel. This spraked concern that authorities may force-feed him.

Islamic Jihad member Mohammed Allaan has been held without any charges for almost nine months. He was moved to another hospital after doctors in Beersheva objected to carrying out blood tests against his will. 

During his 54 days hunger strike (according to the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel but numbers may differ from source to source)  Allaan has only been drinking water. 

Allaan demands the ending of his detention without trial which began in November 2014.

A spokesman for the Israeli prison service confirmed the transfer to Barzilai hospital in the city of Ashkelon for "medical reasons" but gave no further details. 

Activists raised concerns that authorities were preparing to force-feed him, with a new law adopted last month loosening restrictions on such practices. He would be the first to be force-fed since the law was adopted.

The Palestinian Prisoner Club, which cares for nearly 6,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails, has put out a statement expressing fears Israel could soon begin to feed Allaan by force, which will endanger his life.

An Arab Israeli MP Basel Ghattas said he wrote to the director of the medical centre where Allaan was taken urging him not to "turn Barzilai hospital into Guantanamo".

"Do not force your doctors to participate in torture," Ghattas said on his Facebook page.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ağustos 2015, 11:43