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Israeli court orders Issawi to remain in custody
Published Tuesday 19/02/2013 (updated) 21/02/2013 22:03
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A boy covers his mouth with a sticker during a rally to show solidarity
with prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in Gaza City Feb. 19.
The sticker reads:"Yes to hunger, no to kneeling."
(Reuters/Suhaib Salem)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court on Tuesday ruled that Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for over 200 days, must remain in custody.

Issawi's lawyer Jawad Bulous requested Issawi's release at a magistrate's court in Jerusalem. An Israeli military prosecutor opposed the request.

Issawi, who entered the court in a wheelchair surrounded by armed guards, has been on hunger strike since August. Asked by the judge about his condition, Issawi "replied in a weak voice that he suffers pains and is facing death," Bulous told Ma'an.

His mother collapsed in court as the judge announced that Issawi would remain in prison until the next hearing in one month.

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails declared a one-day fast on Tuesday in solidarity with Issawi and three other prisoners on hunger strike.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club, which looks after the welfare of inmates and their families, said 800 prisoners were taking part in the day-long fast.

The prisoners' campaign against detention without trial has touched off violent protests over the past several weeks outside an Israeli military prison and across the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, Islamic Jihad said a truce with Israel that ended eight days of fighting in November could unravel if any hunger striker died.

Issawi was among 1,027 jailed Palestinians freed by Israel in 2011 in exchange for Gilad Shalit, a soldier who was abducted on the Gaza border.

Issawi and Ayman Sharawneh, who has also been on hunger strike, are among 14 Palestinians who have been re-arrested by Israel since being released in the Shalit trade.

Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote on Twitter that Issawi and Sharawneh were detained "because they violated the terms of the Shalit deal by returning to illegal activities which pose a threat".

International concern

PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said he had been in contact with Israel and urged it to release the men. He said Egypt, which helped mediate the Shalit prisoner swap and also negotiated an end to a Palestinian mass hunger strike in Israeli jails last year, was trying to end the new protest.

Israel has defused previous long-term hunger strikes among the some 4,700 Palestinians in its jails by agreeing to release individuals or deporting them to Gaza -- a prospect rejected by the four prisoners, who hail from Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The Quartet of Middle East negotiators -- the United States, Russia, the United Nations and European Union -- have expressed concern at the hunger strike.

In a statement on Monday, France's Foreign Ministry urged Israel "to be sensitive to the risk of a tragic outcome and to take appropriate measures as a matter of urgency".

The statement said "administrative detention must remain an exceptional measure of limited duration and be carried out with due regard for fundamental safeguards".

Israel holds some Palestinians in "administrative detention" based on evidence presented in a closed military court. It says the practice pre-empts militant attacks against it while keeping its counter-intelligence sources and tactics secret.

There were some 178 administrative detainees in Israeli jails in January, down from just over 300 around the time of another hunger strike campaign last spring, according to prisoner rights group Addameer.

"The battle waged by me and by my heroic colleagues ... is everyone's battle, the battle of the Palestinian people against the occupation and its prisons," Issawi said in a message conveyed to the PA Ministry of Prisoners last week.
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1 ) Sad / Story
19/02/2013 18:36
It is truly a sad situation about Issawi's decisiion to starve himself,
and about Issawi's "mother collapsing in court", but
Issawi's freedom would represent a threat to Israeli civilians, which why
"the judge announced that he would remain in prison".

2 ) Teaching Hatred / \ For 65 Years
19/02/2013 18:38
Just look at the photos and see a sample of how
Hatred of Jews is still being taught to Arab children.

3 ) ronen / israel
19/02/2013 18:58
he wasnt arrested without trial or charge as arab media wants us to believe. he was arrested for attempted murder and convicted. after that released in the swap deal. after he failed to adhere to the terms of the deal he was rearrested and will complete his original sentence. kill an israeli face israeli justice

4 ) Palestinian Prisoners Club / is this like
19/02/2013 19:18
reuters club???

5 ) WAS / UK
19/02/2013 20:04
The first 3 comments symbolises perfectly everything you need to know about zionism. A truly sick ideology born out of the pits of hell.

6 ) @ Ronen-3 / Fighting Lies
19/02/2013 20:39
IF it's true, that Issawi "wasnt arrested without trial as arab media" report,
THEN please Provide Both The Time & The Place, and Demand a Correction,
from the Editor at Maan News.

7 ) Zainab / UK
19/02/2013 22:04
Israel's treatment of four hunger-striking Palestinians is an "ethical failure" an Israeli NGO said on Sunday, adding that their rights were being violated. A statement from Tel Aviv-based Physicians for Human Rights said that the fasting prisoners were denied visits from independent doctors and manacled during hospital checkups."Physicians views with extreme gravity the fact that the rights of the hunger strikers are being violated time and again by various authorities........(www.france24.com)

8 ) shirleyS / Ausatralia
19/02/2013 23:06
IT IS TOime more was done by MAAN news to support prisoners and demand their release and supporet public and for wide spread civil disabidioence by Palestiinians against Isreal blatant cruelty inhumanity on this and isolation ABU SISI the useless PA have said nothing and have right to join geneva conventions to push ISreal and de,and REDD CROSS and ISreal abide by Geneva conventions in its treatment prisoners PA have no respect for suffering of Prisoners let down

9 ) Chalie / USA
20/02/2013 00:54
To #1&3 there is no proof to your bogus rascist claims. Why don't you take your fascist asses back to Europe where "Arabs will no longer be a threat" to you. We stay in our country in palestine in the middles east where Arabs are from and you take your white asses back to Europe where white people originate. You dirty scum of the earth.

10 ) gabi / australia
20/02/2013 00:58
# 2 - how can you translate "yes to hunger no to kneeling" as "Hatred of Jews still being taught to Arab children"? Are they supposed to be told to kneel to the oppressor? Tug their forelock? Say "yes, Massa"? BTW while you are talking about the hatred being taught to children, have a look at what the settler children are being taught in their schools about the Palestinians. Then cringe.

11 ) nimrod / israel
20/02/2013 04:53
israel is a nazi state

12 ) Rami / Palestine
20/02/2013 12:49
The first 3 comments are by complete idiots who have no knowledge whatsoever of anything going on in Israel/Palestine. They're just parrots obediently reciting zionist talking points.

13 ) @ Charlie-9, Gabi-10, Rami-12 / Just Look & See
20/02/2013 17:50
YOU Three ARE IGNORING THE FACTS:
-9- Just Look with your eyes, and see, the recent Hezbollah attack in Bulgaria, and the older attacks, in Argentina's synagogues, US civilian jets over Lockerbie Scotland, Munich's Olympic games, Italian cruise ships, and
"Arabs WILL BE a threat to" civilians all over the world !! &,
-10- Just Look with your eyes, and see the photo above, and without any "translation needed, you have evidence of "Hatred of Jews still being taught to Arab children" !!

14 ) Elias / Palestine
20/02/2013 21:55
seems the bulgarian govt has resigned!! ,,,,,,http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/124628/bulgarian-govt-resigns-amid-growing-protests

15 ) Rami / Palestine
21/02/2013 11:07
@13 - Hezbollah is Lebanese, not Palestinian, and Palestinians have nothing to do with MOST of what you mentioned. - Arabs will only be a threat when they are threatened. Fight of Flight. Stop killing and stealing their land, and I'm sure they won't have anything to fight your for. - The photo has nothing to do with "hatred of Jews still being taught by Arab children." It has to do with an Arab child putting a sticker over his mouth in solidarity w/ Issawi. - You don't know FACT from FICTION.
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