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Israel suspends detention of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner with brain damage

Israel suspends detention of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner with brain damage

Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the detention order for Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allan, who has been refusing food since June, amid concern that he had suffered brain damage. Allan, a lawyer from the West Bank accused by Israel of being a member of the militant Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, launched his hunger strike June 16 to protest his detention under a legal mechanism that allows suspects to remain in custody for months without trial. He was arrested in November and has not been charged. Israel maintains that the practice, decried by human rights organizations, is designed to prevent terrorist attacks when there is insufficient evidence for an...

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