[Ppnews] Samer Issawi vows to continue hunger strike following Jerusalem court sentence today
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Thu Feb 21 16:59:56 EST 2013
Samer Issawi vows to continue hunger strike following Jerusalem court
Submitted by Maureen Clare Murphy on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 19:09
Palestinian political prisoner Samer Issawi
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/samer-issawi>, who has been on full
and partial hunger strike
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/hunger-strike> since his arrest at a
Jerusalem checkpoint in July 2012, was sentenced to eight months today
by a Jerusalem magistrate court. His sentence begins at the date of his
arrest, meaning that he has one month of this sentence left to serve.
Shireen Issawi, Samer's sister, and the Palestinian human rights group
Addameer <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/addameer> confirmed today
that Issawi vows to continue with his hunger strike which has caused his
weight to dramatically drop and urgent warnings regarding his health.
However *Issawi faces an additional two decades of imprisonment* as
Israel claims he has violated the terms of his conditional release from
prison during the October 2011 prisoner exchange
*invoking a military court order based on secret evidence that would
compel him to serve out the remaining 20 years of his original 30-year
sentence*. Israel claims that Issawi, a resident of an East Jerusalem
entered West Bank areas in violation of the conditions of his release.
Maath Musleh reported for The Electronic Intifada
in August of last year:
Thirty-two-year-old Issawi is from the Palestinian village of
Issawiyeh <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/issawiyeh> in
Jerusalem. On 15 April 2002, Issawi was captured by the Israeli army
in a tower near the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Ramallah
during the invasion of multiple West Bank cities, dubbed by Israel
"Operation Defensive Shield." Issawi was sentenced to thirty years
in prison on charges of possession of weapons and forming military
groups in Jerusalem.
Issawi's family has challenged Israel's claims that Samer had violated
the conditions of his release by entering the West Bank. Musleh reported:
[Issawi] was arrested in a location between the Palestinian village
of Hizma and the Jewish-only settlement Adam, an area within the
boundaries of the municipality of Jerusalem. Israel claimed that
Samer broke the deal by leaving Jerusalem.
"What is Jerusalem for the Israelis?" wondered Tareq [Issawi,
Samer's father]. "Whenever it suits them, they change their
definition of Jerusalem! Kufr Aqab is within the jurisdiction of the
municipality of Jerusalem. Do they consider it Jerusalem or West Bank?"
Israel annexed East Jerusalem following its occupation of the West
Bank after the 1967 War, though it is considered occupied territory
under international law. According to the Israeli definition, the
boundaries of the municipality of Jerusalem extends north to include
the Palestinian village Kufr Aqab. Issawi was captured in a location
within the Israeli-defined boundaries of Jerusalem, midway between
Kufr Aqab and the center of the city.
Addameer says <http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=576> that
following his July arrest, Samer Issawi was "subjected to strenuous
interrogation for up to 22 hours a day as well as psychological torture
such as sleep deprivation. Samer was denied his right to see a lawyer
for 23 days as a tactic to pressure him during his interrogation and to
The recent wave of hunger strikes in Israeli prisons in the last year
and a half has redirected focus on the cause of Palestinian prisoners.
Hundreds of Palestinian political prisoners held a one-day hunger strike
on Tuesday in solidarity with Samer Issawi and fellow long-term strikers
Ayman Sharawna, Tarek Qa'adan and Jaafar Azzidine.
There have also been regular protests in the West Bank and Gaza. The
Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency reported
<http://maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=567634> that 29 protesters
were injured today by rubber-coated steel bullets and "dozens more
suffered tear gas inhalation" at a protest in solidarity with the hunger
strikers near Ofer military prison camp in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian journalists held a sit-in protest outside Ofer detention
camp <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/ofer-prison> yesterday while a
military court heard the cases of detained Palestinian journalists Amir
Abu Arafah and political cartoonist Muhammad Sabanah, Ma'an reported
The sit-in strike was organized by the Palestinian Journalists
Syndicate. During the activity, head of the union Abdul-Nasser
al-Najjar said Israeli forces intensified assaults against
Palestinian journalists recently. He said several journalists were
directly targeted during confrontations between Israeli forces and
Palestinian protesters in different locations. Al-Najjar added that
dozens of Palestinian journalists were held in Israel's custody.
*Solitary confinement* **
Meanwhile, the lawyer for Dirar Abu Sisi
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/dirar-abu-sisi>, the engineer from
Gaza who was kidnapped in Ukraine and is currently held in solitary
confinement in Israel, is losing "losing his ability to recall language
and has speech impairments, a lawyer who visited him in jail said
Sunday," Ma'an reported
Abu Sisi disappeared in February 2011 while traveling on a train in
Ukraine and Israel later announced that it was holding him in a
southern Israeli jail.
He was the only prisoner excluded from a May 2012 deal with Israeli
authorities to end solitary confinement, according to prisoners
rights group Addameer.
The deal, which included several terms to improve prisoners
conditions, was made to end a mass hunger strike campaign launched
by Palestinian prisoners.
The order to keep Abu Sisi in isolation was renewed for another six
months on Nov. 1, 2012.
The prisoners society lawyer said Abu Sisi told him prison guards
were implementing other punitive measures.
They bring him rotten food, and recently confiscated his notebook
where he records his thoughts during his isolation, Abu Sisi said.
The technical director at Gaza's sole electricity plant, Abu Sisi
was charged with developing Hamas' rocket capabilities. Abu Sisi
denies the charges and Hamas says he has no affiliation to the group.
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