PA: Israel Rearrested Hunger Striker
Israel has rearrested a Palestinian Authority terrorist who was released in mid-2012 following a long hunger strike, PA officials told the AFP news agency.
Thaer Halahla, 35, was rearrested in Ramallah, they said. Halahla was released in June 2012 after a 76-day hunger strike.
Halahla and a fellow terrorist prisoner began a hunger strike after the Supreme Court agreed to release Islamic Jihad terrorist Khader Adnan following a 66-day hunger strike. The court rejected an appeal by Halahla and Bilal Diab against their imprisonment, stating that they were “responsible for their own state of health,” but the two were released a short time later.
Since then several other terrorists imprisoned in Israel have begun hunger strikes in an attempt to earn early release. Among them are at least three who were rearrested after being released from prison in the Shalit deal.