[Ppnews] Jerusalem; Army Attacks Students Holding Vigil In Solidarity With Palestinian Detainees

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Thu Mar 7 13:03:27 EST 2013


  Jerusalem; Army Attacks Students Holding Vigil In Solidarity With
  Palestinian Detainees

author Thursday March 07, 2013 03:45author by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & 
Agencies
http://www.imemc.org/article/65162

    Dozens of Israeli soldiers and police officers, attacked on
    Wednesday evening, Palestinian students at the Hebrew University,
    near Al-Esawiyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, as they were
    holding a vigil in support of Palestinian detainees holding hunger
    strike in Israeli prisons. Three students have been kidnapped.

Lawyer Shireen Al-Eesawy, sister of detainee Samer Al-Eesawy who has 
been on hunger strike since 227 days, stated that the students were 
holding a weekly vigil in solidarity with the detainees imprisoned by 
Israel. The Democratic Students' Assembly organized the vigil.

Al-Eesawy added that that the Police kidnapped three students identified 
as Majd Hamdan, Ali Jasara and Tareq Al-Khateeb. They were moved to an 
interrogation facility at the Salah Ed-deen Police Station in the center 
of Jerusalem.

Al-Eesawy said that her brother should have been released Wednesday 
March 6, as ruled by the Israeli District Court in Jerusalem.

She added that the Legal Unit of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) 
is trying to get the Ofer Israeli Military Court to set the date of her 
brother's trial, as he is illegally facing the same charges in the two 
courts.

Israel claims that Al-Eesawy violated the terms of his release when he 
was freed along with more than a thousand detainees during the Shalit 
swap deal that secured the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit who was held 
by the resistance in Gaza.

The violation, according to Israel, is the fact that Al-Eeesawy left 
Jerusalem and went to the occupied West Bank.

Al-Eesawy is currently in a very bad health condition at an Israeli 
hospital, but determined to continue his strike, protesting his illegal 
imprisonment.

He started his strike on the day of his arrest on July 7, 2012. 
Al-Eesawy is still facing the possibility of a long-term imprisonment 
that could be instated by the Israeli Military Court.

Israel allows the re-arrest of detainees under the claim that they 
violated the terms of their release; therefore, the prosecution can 
demand reinstating the original sentence. In Al-Eesawy's case, the 
sentence is 20 years.

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