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Lawyer: Issawi's heart could stop at any moment
Published Monday 25/03/2013 (updated) 03/04/2013 15:04
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Samer Issawi's heart could stop at any moment, a lawyer said Monday, as the prisoner's health continues to deteriorate after 236 days on hunger strike.

Israeli doctors told Palestinian Prisoners Society lawyer Fawaz al-Shalawdi that Issawi's heartbeat had decreased to 28 beats per minute and his blood glucose has fallen to 65 milligrams per deciliter.

Doctors say his heart could stop at any moment.

Issawi suffers from breathing problems, constant dizziness and severe pain in his abdomen and kidneys, al-Shalawdi said.

"Despite my critical health situation, and all that I suffer from, I promise everyone that my health situation will not affect my decisions," Issawi said in a letter.

"I will continue my open hunger strike, and will not retract my steps. My life is not more precious than the blood of Palestinian martyrs."

Issawi was hospitalized in late February and stopped drinking water earlier in March. He was too sick to attend a hearing at Israel's Ofer military detention center last week.

On Feb. 21, a magistrates court in Jerusalem sentenced Issawi to eight months in prison, but he has yet to face a military committee which could imprison him for 20 years.

The director of the Palestinian prisoners’ club, Qadura Fares, said the court's decision was "a judicial farce that only happens in Israel," labeling the Israeli government a "mafia."

In March, Issawi said his death would be a victory for refusing to surrender to Israel's occupation.

"Do not worry if my heart stops. I am still alive now and even after death, because Jerusalem runs through my veins. If I die, it is a victory; if we are liberated, it is a victory, because either way I have refused to surrender to the Israeli occupation, its tyranny and arrogance," he wrote in The Guardian.

Issawi was freed in the Oct. 2011 prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel, but soldiers rearrested him on July 7, accusing him of violating the terms of his release by leaving Jerusalem.

Israeli prosecutors are seeking to cancel his amnesty and reinstate his former sentence.
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1 ) kelly aaron / australia
25/03/2013 13:34
Free Samer Issawi now!! Hasnt he been punished enough under any law? We will never forget your bravery and stance in the outrageous human rights ab uses xx love to you Samer and all of palestine xx

2 ) evan / usa
25/03/2013 17:54
he is a criminal, who after gven a second violated that also. if he wants to live let him eat if not, then let him be a martyr

3 ) Malone / Hfx
25/03/2013 18:52
#2...finally someone on here that I agree with..

4 ) Ali A. Omar / Pal
25/03/2013 21:04
Evan/ USA, the terrible, the hero will live and he will spit on all criminal anti human colonists, like you.

5 ) Mike Havenar / US
25/03/2013 21:06
The pastures of freedom are watered with the sacrificial blood of martyrs. Israel is doing itself a great disservice by keeping this brave man imprisoned.

6 ) evan / usa
25/03/2013 21:30
@4- what hero? he tried to blow up women and children. real hero. he was doing the same thing you accuse israel of doing. if he is a hero then all israeli soldiers are heroes also.

7 ) K / USA
25/03/2013 22:55
Evan , buddy .. will you please just shut up .. you're a cold heart murderer , we noticed ... you shouldn't watch your fake news anymore .. welcome to reality where the starving helpless prisoner is actually the victim !!

8 ) Sherri Munnerlyn / US
25/03/2013 23:43
#6 That is not true, you are spouting Zionist lies. Samer Issaei was imprisoned for resisting Occupation, lawful activity under intl law. And he was released in a prisoner exchange desal, his present continuing detention is therefore unlawful. He today is hungering for justice and he is a Palestinian Gandhi and has achieved greatness in his life Zionist baby killer IDF soldiers never will attain!

9 ) Nathalie Robisco / France
26/03/2013 20:06
Free him now ! What you r'e doing is illegal, and not human! He's hungering for justice and freedom

10 ) Malone / Hfx
26/03/2013 22:07
Anyones heart can stop beating at any moment..this moron is starving himself...pretty wimpy way to become a martyr..arabs certainly don't set a high standard for them to be "heroes"..lol

11 ) sarah samara / palestine
28/03/2013 22:52
he is starving for his freedom, for his right.. He is such a real hero.not everyone dares to starve himself.. We r proud of samer.. May Allah protect him

12 ) bob / canada
03/04/2013 01:11
If he would have just starved himself to death before engaging in terrorism it would have been better for israeli's and palestinians. And for the record #7, Evan has as much right to disagree with you as you do with him, that doesnt make him a "cold hearted murderer" as you suggest, and If you are implying that maan is "real" news and everything else is "fake" news then you are more brainwashed then you let on.

13 ) greg / USA
03/04/2013 01:16
Its sad when a murdering terrorist is portrayed as a hero or martyr. I dont care if your Israeli or Arab, if you intentionally target civilians and women and children, you are lower than scum and should be punished accordingly. If Palestinians support this man, it says alot about palestinians and all of their supporters. Its one thing to criticize Israel's policies and even zionism, but to promote terrorism for any reason is barbaric, you people should be ashamed of yourselves...
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