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Israeli forces raid prisoner Samer Issawi's house day before release
Published Sunday 22/12/2013 (updated) 23/12/2013 21:01
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities raided the house of Samer Issawi, a Palestinian prisoner who engaged in one of the longest hunger strikes in history, on Sunday.

Authorities are expected to release Samer Issawi from Israeli prison on Monday, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said.

Issawi will be released as part of an agreement in which he ended a 266-day hunger strike in April, during which time he became an international cause célèbre who focused attention on the plight of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

But on Sunday, Israeli forces raided Issawi's house and handed notifications to his brother and his father to meet with Israeli intelligence, according to the Palestinian Center for Prisoners' Studies.

The Israeli intelligence officer who led the raid threatened Issawi's father and warned him against causing problems, they said.

Shireen Issawi, Samer's sister, posted on her Facebook page Sunday morning describing the raid.

She said in the post, "I swear to God we will rejoice in the freedom of the hero Samer Issawi."

She added that despite the threats of Israeli forces to "cause problems" for the family due to the international support for their case, "because we have the (side of what is) right, the world will stay with us and we will rejoice."

Prior to reaching the agreement that secured his pending release, Israeli authorities offered him a number of agreements that involved deportation to Gaza, a reduced prison term, and deportation to Europe. Issawi, however, refused until Israel relented and allowed him to return to his Jerusalem home after serving eight more months.

He was originally arrested by Israeli forces during the Second Intifada, but was among hundreds of prisoners released in 2011 as part of a deal to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The release agreement confined him to Jerusalem, but he was re-arrested in July 2012 after traveling to a village that is mostly in Jerusalem but also partially in the West Bank.

He subsequently launched a hunger strike against the renewed detention, and only concluded the strike after Israel agreed to release him.

5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Oct. 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.

Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.

Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Robert Haymond / Israel
22/12/2013 14:14
Samer was arrested and convicted for amushing and firing weapons at unarmed Israeli citizens plus, but not limited to, the wounding of an Israeli policman. He was also found with a weapons cache, bullets and explosives. He was, and remains, a terrorist.

2 ) Maureen / Australia
22/12/2013 16:44
Just a visit from Samer Issawi's nutritionist, in her stiff white starched uniform to check up on his welfare and health.

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
22/12/2013 17:03
- Samer Issawi threw away his life when he was young, with actions like those of other Palestinian militants today, with their "Bomb Exploding on a Bat Yam Bus", and - Such Palestinian militant actions today will be responsible for the Israeli defensive reactions to follow: raids, shootings, etc. !!

4 ) Julie / USA
22/12/2013 17:38
@2 - oh please! all of that pales next to the crimes against INTERNATIONAL LAW (= LAW OF THE WORLD) that izrael commits DAILY!!!!!!!!! izraeli zionists are the criminals!!!!!!!!! oh, and by the way, ARMED RESISTANCE AGAINST THE ILLEGAL IZRAELI OCCUPATION...IS LEGAL PER INTERNATIONAL LAW!

5 ) Julie / USA
22/12/2013 21:03
correction: i meant @1 Robert Haymond / Israel. sorry Maureen, i always enjoy your comments, and i can differentiate the real you from the imposter immediately.

6 ) Jim Hyder / USA
23/12/2013 04:25
Hate to break it to you Robert, but your cronies are the problem. You have been lied to so much you and many like you have fallen for the Zionist propaganda. The terrorists are only that because of the lies, distortions, beatings, bombings, poisonings, shootings, stealing of lands and herded into ghettos has caused all this to happen. You need to come into the sunlight of the truth.

7 ) Umarov / Malaysia
23/12/2013 05:26
Dear Haymond, dont talk about terrorism when all you've been doing is drinking coke and watch hollywood movies, while u dont even know how many Palestinians hve been massacred since u're born. Historically, dude you are illiterate to talk about terrorism.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/12/2013 07:12
'Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.' This is what happens when a state has absolutely no legitimacy among the people that it rules.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/12/2013 07:14
To Robert Haymond #1: 'Samer was arrested and convicted for amushing and firing weapons at unarmed Israeli citizens plus...' You appear to be confused. You're referring to another offense. In the case under discussion, Samer was arrested when he traveled from Jerusalem to another part of Palestine, and was never convicted of anything.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/12/2013 07:15
To Tibi #3: ' Such Palestinian militant actions today will be responsible for the Israeli defensive reactions to follow: raids, shootings, etc. !!' That's what Hitler said about the Jews in 1939. Great minds think alike.

11 ) Harry / UK
23/12/2013 11:36
Armed resistance to colonising Israeli forces is entirely just and legitimate. But it is not simply that they have stolen a country for in doing they also use on a daily basis such practices as routine humiliations, harassment, beatings, denials of free movement, house demolitions, arrests of children, annexation of land and protection of the thefts of homes and land by illegal settlers. To name just a few of the Nazionist techniques used. Israel is a racist Apartheid state.

12 ) Robert Haymond / Israel
23/12/2013 12:55
Dear Jim #6: Thanks for the revelations. Tell me, is Islamic terrorism just a reaction to the West? Please respond. Keep in mind, Islamic terrorism continues to be far more formidable amongst opposing factions of Muslims throughout the Mideast, i.e., Syria, and other Muslim dominated countries, i.e., Pakistan, than the damage already wrecked on the West. The West's fault? I don't think so. The first four caliphs during Islam's Golden Age after the death of Mohammed were all assassinated.

13 ) Cole / USA
24/12/2013 04:06
Terrorism is a response to occupation. Read Robert Pape. End the illegal, brutal occupation and terrorism will disappear. But of course, that's precisely what the Israeli leadership fears most. It would eliminate the pretext for expansion, which has always been the goal.

14 ) Maureen / Australia
28/12/2013 18:19
#2 the impostor. Your hasbara is anemic.
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