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Report: Israeli police prepare for Jerusalem protests
Published Friday 22/02/2013 (updated) 22/02/2013 20:49
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Israeli prison guards are reflected in a mirror at a Jerusalem court as
they stand around Samer Issawi, Feb. 21. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Israeli police are increasing manpower in East Jerusalem ahead of anticipated protests in support of Palestinian hunger strikers, Israeli media reported Friday.

The Israeli news site Ynet said police would deploy at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City amid growing protests in solidarity with Samer Issawi, a resident of Jerusalem who has been on hunger strike in Israeli prison for 205 days.

Issawi and three other prisoners on hunger strike have been the focus of intensified clashes with Israeli forces throughout the West Bank.

On Thursday, an Israeli court sentenced Issawi to eight months, back-dated to his arrest, for leaving Jerusalem in violation of the terms of his release under an Oct. 2011 prisoner exchange.

Israeli military judicial authority is also trying to cancel Issawi's amnesty and force him to serve the remaining 20 years of his previous sentence.

"This decision (by the civilian court) does not change (Issawi's) situation and doesn't mean that he will be released in March," Qadoura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Club, told Reuters.

An Israeli security source said the hunger strike protests were themselves a violation of the prisoners' terms of release.

"The use of hunger strikes by prisoners is a clear violation of the commitment signed by the prisoners' leadership, both inside and outside prison, in May 2011," said the source, who declined to be identified.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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1 ) Zainab / UK
22/02/2013 13:12
..."An Israeli security source said the hunger strike protests were themselves a violation of the prisoners' terms of release" - Re-arrest, Administrative Detention & trial based on secret evidence made only available to the prosection, are the actual violations of the agreement made in May 2011. Depriving prisoners of their basic human rights, harrasing & intimidating their families is also a violation. Being on hunger strike in protest at violation of your rights cannot itself be a violation

2 ) Situation / Simple
22/02/2013 16:42
If rockets are fired, Israel will fight back, again in self-defense.
If stones are thrown, Israel will fight back, again in self-defense.
And, World leaders will watch it, condemn both, but do nothing,
and so the situation will continue unchanged, where:
- Jewish "settlements" continue expanding,
- unpermitted Arab construction, under Israel's Area C sovereignty, continues to be demolished, and
- "Palestine" continues as a divided (Gaza-Areas A/B),
"Paper-State" (UNGA only) !!!

3 ) matt / usa
22/02/2013 18:10
Of course there will be protesters today, its friday the day of " prayer "

4 ) Dubner / US
22/02/2013 19:03
@Zainab: Such passion, but no legal knowledge! You are speaking as an ardent advocate for a jailed Arab terrorist, not as alegal expert of British laws continued by Israeli state.
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