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Nicola Perugini in Middle East Eye

August 23, 2015

Nicola Perugini, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies and Middle East Studies, has been published in Middle East Eye. His article, “Mohammed Allan at the door of the Israeli Supreme Court,” discusses recent events regarding political prisoner Mohammed Allan’s hunger strike and release into Barzilai Hospital in Israel. Perugini examines how the order for Allan’s release underlines cooperative roles of Israeli judges in maintaining colonial order.

After being on hunger strike for 65 days while held in administrative detention without charge since November 2014, the Palestinian political prisoner Mohammed Allan, fell into a coma and apparently suffered brain damage due to a deficit of vitamin B1.

The three Supreme Court judges who this week presided over a petition demanding his immediate release offered a resolution that wouldn’t shame the most racist colonial courts.

“On the face of it, the plaintiff no longer constitutes a risk due to his medical condition,” the judges averred, and asked the state to release Allan from custody.

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