[Ppnews] Palestinian hunger strikers insist on freedom even if the cost is their lives

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Thu Dec 6 11:30:18 EST 2012


  Palestinian hunger strikers insist on gaining their freedom even if
  the cost is their lives.

/Ramallah//, 5 December 2012 /- http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=548

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association expresses its 
deep concern for the health and lives of five Palestinian political 
prisoners that are on hunger strike to protest their unjust detention in 
Israeli Occupation's prisons. The five current hunger strikers are: 
Ayman Sharawna (158 days), Samer Al-Issawi (127 days), Oday Keilani (46 
days), Jafar Azzidine (8) and Tarek Qa'adan (8 days).

On 3 December Addameer lawyer Fares Zayyad visited Ramleh prison clinic 
and met with two of the hunger striking prisoners, Ayman Sharawneh and 
Samer Al-Issawi. He also attempted to meet with Oday Keilani but was 
denied by the prison administration. *Oday Keilani *has been held under 
administrative detention since 3 April 2011 and on hunger strike for 46 
days to protest the recent renewal of  his administrative detention.
*Samer Issawi *(who was previously released in the prisoners exchange 
deal) has been on a partial hunger strike for 127 days. Despite the 
rapid deterioration in his health Samer insists that he will not end his 
hunger strike unless he gains his freedom or dies.
On a number of recent occasions Samer was transferred to Assaf Harofeh 
Medical Center after severe decreases in his pulse, which at one point 
dropped to 48 beats per minute, but was transferred back to Ramleh 
prison clinic once his condition slightly improved. He was only admitted 
to the intensive care unit when his heart fell to 36 beats per minute. 
Initially Samer refused treatment but was threatened with a glucose 
injection by force, a very dangerous and life threatening procedure, and 
therefore was forced to comply and accept medical treatment. He was 
transferred back to Ramleh prison clinic on 29 November 2012.
Addameer lawyer Fares Zayyad confirms that despite Samer's strength and 
resistance, he is suffering from many ailments and at times faints 
unexpectedly. Like the other prisoners, Samer is not being treated as an 
ill patient by the Ramleh prison clinic. On Saturday 1 December 2012 
during an examination with the prison clinic doctor, Samer tried to 
stand and lost consciousness. Instead of assisting him, the doctor left 
him lying on the floor and exited the room.
*Ayman Sharawneh <http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=542>* (36 
years old) has been on hunger strike for 158 days. He was previously 
released in the prisoners exchange deal and re-arrested on 31 January 
2012. Israeli intelligence officer's conducts daily sessions with Ayman 
in an attempt to pressure him to end his hunger strike. However Ayman 
refuses to end his strike without written confirmation that he will be 
released.
Addameer holds the Israeli occupation totally responsible for the health 
and lives of all of the hunger strikers, and considers the protection of 
their lives a national and moral duty of all Palestinians.
Addameer calls on the Palestinian leadership represented by the PLO and 
Islamic factions to call for the freedom of the prisoners and support 
their cause, and calls for Egypt, the sponsor of the October 2011 prison 
exchange deal, to intervene and pressure the IOF to release the hunger 
strikers immediately and without conditions.
*ACT NOW!*
*Write to the Israeli government, military and legal authorities and 
demand the release of the hunger strikers.

    * Brigadier General Danny Efroni
      Military Judge Advocate General
      6 David Elazar Street
      Harkiya, Tel Aviv
      Israel
      Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526
      Email: arbel at mail.idf.il; avimn at idf.gov.il
    * Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon
      OC Central Command Nehemia Base, Central Command
      Neveh Yaacov, Jerusalam
      Fax: +972 2 530 5741
    * Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak
      Ministry of Defense
      37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya
      Tel Aviv 61909, Israel
      Fax: +972 3 691 6940 / 696 2757
    * Col. Eli Bar On
      Legal Advisor of Judea and Samaria PO Box 5
      Beth El 90631
      Fax: +972 2 9977326

*Write to your own elected representatives urging them to pressure 
Israel to release the hunger strikers.
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