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Lawyer: Issawi 'critical' after 195 days on hunger strike
Published Tuesday 12/02/2013 (updated) 14/02/2013 16:47
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Samer Issawi is in a critical condition after 195 days on hunger strike in an Israeli prison, a lawyer said Tuesday.

Fadi Abedat, a lawyer for the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs, visited Issawi at Ramle prison clinic.

Issawi has severe leg, kidney, head and chest pains and a slow pulse. He is unable to move or sleep, the ministry said in a statement.

The Israeli Prison Service has isolated hunger strikers from each other and guards frequently raid their cells, Issawi told the lawyer.

Palestinian Prisoner Society lawyer Jawad Boulos, who also visited Issawi, said the detainee's weight had dropped to 46 kg and he was struggling to speak.

Issawi refuses administrative detention, a practice used by Israel to detain Palestinians without bringing any criminal charges against them and without a trial.

Speaking to Abedat, Issawi thanked all Palestinians who support him in his fight and said he would not quit his strike until Israel met his demands.

Issawi was released in the Oct. 2011 prisoner swap agreement between Israel and Hamas, which secured the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Gaza.

He was rearrested on July 7 and accused of violating the terms of his release by leaving Jerusalem. Israeli prosecutors are seeking to cancel his amnesty and detain him for 20 years, the remainder of his previous sentence.
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1 ) Mel / USA
12/02/2013 19:51
Brave people,like this,are the embodiment of NON-VIOLENT RESISTANCE against oppressive subjugation by colonial power!This gentleman is ready to slowly,painfully,sacrifice his life,his dignity,for FREEDOM & Palestinian human rights. Israel's Occupation/indefinate detention& CONTAINMENT of non-Jews,is ILLEGAL! "WHEN IN the Course of human Events",did our USG deem Zionist Israel 2B ABOVE LAW? AN EXCEPTION? Like our USG feels itself to be?The antithesis of "Freedom","pursuit"of"unalienable Rights?!?

2 ) Zainab / UK
13/02/2013 20:24
Please brother Samer Issawi, drink water again, and in shah Allah (by the Will of God) prolong your life on this earth, so that the world can be constantly reminded of the sacrifice you & your fellow Palestinians make in the name of freedom & justice. If you die, you will die the death of a martyr, and heaven will await you, but I pray that Allah (God) will save your life, so that you may continue your struggle against oppression here in this world. May Allah bless you, your family, & Palestine.
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