Health of Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike at risk

The health of a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel is dire after waging a hunger strike for the last 56 days, his family said Sunday.

Naser Allan said Israel arrested his son, Mohammed, in November 2014 and placed him under administrative detention for two six-month periods. He said his son was imprisoned from 2006-2009 for affiliation with the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad. The younger Allan is on hunger strike to protest his administrative detention, a controversial measure that allows Israel to detain suspects without charge for long periods.

Allan’s father said that Israeli authorities are threatening to force-feed his son. Allan has refused medicine or vitamins, only drinking water.

A contentious Israeli law passed last month permits the force-feeding of inmates on a life-threatening hunger strike.



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