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Israel Suspends Detention of Palestinian Hunger Striker

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Israeli Arab supporters of Mohammed Allan, a Palestinian prisoner on a hunger strike, hold signs during a support rally, in Ashkelon Israel, Aug. 11, 2015.

Israeli Arab supporters of Mohammed Allan, a Palestinian prisoner on a hunger strike, hold signs during a support rally, in Ashkelon Israel, Aug. 11, 2015.

Israel's Supreme Court is suspending the detention of a Palestinian hunger striker who has suffered brain damage after 65 days without food.

After a long day of deliberations, the Supreme Court announced late Wednesday that Mohammed Allan, who doctors said has suffered brain damage, would remain hospitalized, but that his shackles would be removed and his family can visit him.

The decision did not address what would happen to Allan if he recovers, however, saying only he can petition for his release if his condition improves.

Allan began the hunger strike on June 16 to protest against his incarceration since November 2014 under what Israel calls administrative detention.

The system allows a military court to order suspects to be detained indefinitely, subject to renewal every six months by the court, without charge or trial.

Allan is being held by Israel for his alleged affiliation with Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian militant group that has carried out scores of attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers.

The 31-year-old Allan denies the allegations and any involvement with Islamic Jihad.

The Israeli government fears releasing Allan would only encourage some 370 other Palestinian detainees held without charge to refuse food.

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