Dramatic scenes unfolded in the High Court of Justice on Thursday, after a hunger-striking Palestinian security prisoner fainted during a petition hearing.
Bilal Diab, who alongside fellow prisoner Thaer Halahleh has been on hunger strike for 66 days, lost consciousness as Supreme Court Justices Elyakim Rubinstein, Yoram Danziger and Noam Sohlberg heard a petition against the prisoners' administrative detention.When Justice Rubinstein asked the court whether there was a doctor present, it was MK Dr. Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List - Ta'al) who got up from his seat in the public gallery to aid Diab.
Rubinstein asked Tibi, a trained physician, to examine Diab, but a guard from the Israel Prison Service's Nahshon Unit refused to let him through, even after a court security guard told him that he must comply with Justice Rubinstein's decision.
Tibi informed the justice of the issue, and Rubinstein immediately made a written order.
Eventually, the MK was allowed to examine Bilal, and found that the prisoner was in a poor condition, with a body temperature of 35 degrees Celsius and a heart rate of 48 beats per minute.