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Published Tuesday 18/12/2012 (updated) 20/12/2012 14:23
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday assaulted long-term hunger striker Samer al-Issawi during a court hearing, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society said.

Guards from the Alnhacon unit beat al-Issawi when he tried to greet his family in the Jerusalem court, said Jawad Boulos, adding that the prisoner's hands and feet were cuffed.

Al-Issawi has been on hunger strike for 140 days in Israel's Ramle prison and was briefly hospitalized when his heart dropped to 36 beats per minute.

Boulos said he asked the judge to adjourn the hearing as al-Issawi needed urgent medical treatment for chest pains but the judge refused and continued the hearing for 30 minutes.

The session was postponed to Dec. 27 and the judge ordered guards to take al-Issawi for medical treatment.

The Ministry of Prisoner Affairs said Tuesday that al-Issawi and Ayman Sharawneh, who has been on hunger strike for 171 days, refused Israeli proposals to release them to exile.

Sharawneh, 36, is suffering muscle spasms, memory loss and severe kidney and abdominal pains, the ministry's lawyer Fadi Abedat said.

Israeli prison services spokeswoman Siwan Weizman said both men were still on hunger strike but that they were "both fine." Weizman told Ma'an that al-Issawi had been returned from hospital to Ramle jail.

Sharawneh and al-Issawi were rearrested after being freed in the Oct. 2011 prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas. They are on hunger strike to demand their release.


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1 ) Julie / USA
18/12/2012 16:39
the world is witnessing izrael behave like nazis. izrael has become increasingly isolated in the international community by their own doing. their brutally cruel and inhumane abuse, murder and torture of Pals is very well documented and they will be held accountable.

2 ) BDS / Canada
18/12/2012 23:13
Horrific - this cruel inhumane treatment of the people from whom the lands and cultures re stolen!! It is these very Israeli perpetrators who should be jailed and punished.

3 ) gabi / austalia
19/12/2012 00:44
sounds awfully like contempt of court to me. Or doesn't Israel have such a thing?

4 ) Ashraf / USA
19/12/2012 05:58
Man's inhumanity to man. This is how you know that even "IF" the land belonged to them it doesn't justify the oppression.

5 ) shirley S / australia
19/12/2012 09:14
this cruel in humane treatment is why ABBASS on behalf of the STATE OF PALESTINE must becomesignatory to GENEVA CONVENTIONS to make palestinians prisoners of war and demand REDD CROSS and all internatioanal Bodies UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL NAVI PILLAY to intervene while petitions supported by myself get one or 2 free it does not adress overall situation nor does these prisoner conferences change muchIsreal is not isolated enough nor the US Abu Sisi still in isolation

6 ) darah / US
19/12/2012 16:20
Israel have a licence to steal land Kill slaughter and bomb pals Because the US protects them as a terrorist state and funds them
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