Shireen Issawi to begin open hunger strike against detention
Published Tuesday 13/05/2014 (updated) 17/05/2014 18:22
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- East Jerusalem lawyer Shireen Issawi has told family members that she will begin an open hunger strike to protest her detention by Israeli forces, relatives said Tuesday.
Issawi was detained on March 6 in an arrest raid and Israeli courts have continued to extend her detention since the arrest, arguing that they need to listen to the prosecution's case.
Relatives visited Issawi on Sunday and highlighted that two other lawyers detained on the same day have since been released on bail.
Her trial has been repeatedly postponed and it is unclear on what charges she is being held.
Issawi went on hunger strike for four days last week in solidarity with administrative detainees. Her relatives did not specify when she would begin open hunger strike action.
Her brother, Samer, was released from Israeli jail in December as part of an agreement in which he ended a 266-day hunger strike, during which time he became an international cause célèbre who focused attention on the plight of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.