[Ppnews] Palestinian Political Prisoner Issawi 'critical' after 195 days on hunger strike

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Tue Feb 12 13:20:32 EST 2013

*Lawyer: Issawi 'critical' after 195 days on hunger strike*

Published today (updated) 12/02/2013 16:39

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Samer Issawi is in a critical condition after 195 
days on hunger strike in an Israeli prison, a lawyer said Tuesday.

Fadi Abedat, a lawyer for the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs, visited 
Issawi at Ramle prison clinic.

Issawi has severe leg, kidney, head and chest pains and a slow pulse. He 
is unable to move or sleep, the ministry said in a statement.

The Israeli Prison Service has isolated hunger strikers from each other 
and guards frequently raid their cells, Issawi told the lawyer.

Palestinian Prisoner Society lawyer Jawad Boulos, who also visited 
Issawi, said the detainee's weight had dropped to 46 kg and he was 
struggling to speak.

Issawi refuses administrative detention, a practice used by Israel to 
detain Palestinians without bringing any criminal charges against them 
and without a trial.

Speaking to Abedat, Issawi thanked all Palestinians who support him in 
his fight and said he would not quit his strike until Israel met his 

Issawi was released in the Oct. 2011 prisoner swap agreement between 
Israel and Hamas, which secured the release of Israeli soldier Gilad 
Shalit from Gaza.

He was rearrested on July 7 and accused of violating the terms of his 
release by leaving Jerusalem. Israeli prosecutors are seeking to cancel 
his amnesty and detain him for 20 years, the remainder of his previous 
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