Islamic Jihad protest for Mohammad Allaan in Gaza
Islamic Jihad protest for Mohammad Allaan in Gaza Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

The state on Monday submitted to the Supreme Court its response to the release petition of Mohammad Allaan, a jailed Islamic Jihad terrorist who has been hunger-striking more than 60 days.

Allaan is being treated at Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon although he has yet to be force fed as stipulated by a new law. Arabs have been protesting outside the hospital, as have Jews in a counter-protest calling for the terrorist to be allowed to die if he so chooses.

In its response, the state said Allaan's petition must be rejected, citing his previous petition that was likewise rejected by the court.

Supreme Court judges Elyakim Rubinstein, Hanan Meltzer and Neal Hendel are to debate the petition on Monday afternoon. In it, the terrorist demanded his release on the grounds of the damage caused to his health by the self-imposed hunger strike.

The state attorney noted that two weeks ago the court rejected a petition of the terrorist, and in doing so already gave its opinion on the hunger strike and the medical condition of Allaan.

Likewise the state attorney argued the substance of the petition should be rejected, because the petitioner's arguments in terms of the conditional release law and prison laws preventing hunger-strike damage do not provide a pretext for the Supreme Court to get involved, given that there are no deficiencies in the decision to hold Allaan in administrative detention according to the classified information about him.

However, the state attorney noted in its response that the state is prepared to consider releasing Allaan from administrative arrest if he agrees to leave Israel for four years, and obligates himself not to return to the region.

Allaan's lawyer said upon entering the Supreme Court for the discussion that he intends to reject the proposal, saying, "we will ask the court to release him and we will not give up."

Radical MK Ahmed Tibi of the Arab Joint List also arrived at the court, and also rejected the suggestion.

"This is an offensive offer," said Tibi. "Hunger striking is a legitimate act, especially for those arrested in administrative detention."

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