[Ppnews] Jerusalemites on hunger strike to draw attention to the prisoners' issue
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Mon Dec 24 12:24:17 EST 2012
*Jerusalemites on hunger strike to draw attention to the prisoners' issue*
* [ 24/12/2012 - 05:07 PM ]
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- Ten young Jerusalemites declared hunger
strike, since last Tuesday after Samer al-Isawi's trial, in solidarity
with the Palestinian strikers in Israeli jails, and set up two tents to
pressure on the Red Cross to bear its responsibility towards the
Ahmed Jubeh, 21, one of the 10 hunger strikers, told PIC that - as a
young Jerusalemite - he has no way of supporting the striker prisoners
but to declare hunger strike, stressing that Samer al-Issawi and Ayman
Sharawna have entered the stage of gradual death while the world stands
silent, adding that this action aims to draw the international
community's attention in order to save the captives' lives.
Hossam Dandis, 29, 6 days on hunger strike, stated that the reason
behind the strike is the "international, Arab and Palestinian silence
towards the prisoners' issue, stressing that even international human
rights organizations do not perform the required role, "so this is the
only way to put pressure on the Red Cross as it is responsible for
providing assistance to prisoners inside Israeli jails," he added.
"When we started the strike, we were just three young men, but now there
are nine of us," he said.
In addition, Shadi al-Issawi, brother of striker Samer al-Issawi, who
went on hunger strike on Saturday, stated that the Palestinian people
and political leadership are not interacting with the prisoners' hunger
strike, adding that the Jerusalemite youths rebelled after seeing the
brutal assault by the Israeli occupation forces on Samer in the court,
and they took this individual step which is not affiliated with any
organizations or official bodies.
For his part, Mossa Abbasi, who went on hunger strike for the fourth
day, said that the strike is a direct message to the prisoners that the
first initiative to support prisoners' steadfastness and national unity
was started from Jerusalem and a message to the entire world in order to
support the steadfastness of the prisoners.
Yassin Sabih, who went on hunger striker for the fourth day, explained
that the prisoners have sacrificed for their freedom and their dignity
and the dignity of the Palestinian people, this is the least we can do
for the prisoners' issue.
He said that Ayman Sharawna and Samer al-Issawi have been on hunger
strike for almost half a year and they need such steps to shed light on
their cause and to motivate the rest of the Palestinian people to
support the issue of prisoners and support their strike.
The nurse Nihal Abdul Rahman, member of the Arab Paramedics Union
Assembly, told PIC reporter that their presence beside the strikers was
in order to check on their health situation, adding that until this
moment their situation is stable and there is no health deterioration,
particularly for blood pressure and diabetes situations.
It is noteworthy that the two young men, Hossam Dandis and Ahmed Jubeh,
have declared their hunger strike since six consecutive days, while
Yassin Sabih and Jihad al-Khatib went on hunger strike or the fourth
day, and the rest of the young men went on hunger strike since 48 hours.
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