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        <h1 class="reader-title">Palestinians campaign to release oldest
          prisoner held in Israeli jail</h1>
        January 14, 2020</div>
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                <p>The family of Fuad al-Shobaki, a former senior
                  general in the PA's security forces, say his health
                  has rapidly deteriorated and he should be let go</p>
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                <p>Fuad al-Shobaki, 81, has three years left on a
                  17-year sentence (Twitter/@_1BUV)</p>
                <p><span>Published date:</span> 14 January 2020 16:42
                  UTC <span>| </span> <span>Last update:</span> 3
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                      <p>Palestinian activists launched a campaign on
                        Tuesday to release 81-year old Fuad al-Shobaki,
                        the oldest Palestinian prisoner currently held
                        in an Israeli jail, local media reported.</p>
                      <p>Shobaki was a senior general in the Palestinian
                        Authority's security forces, a senior Fatah
                        leader and also a financial consultant for late
                        PA President Yasser Arafat. </p>
                      <p>In 2002, the PA arrested him on charges that he
                        had masterminded<strong> </strong>the Karen A,
                        a ship that carried weapons from Iran at the
                        height of the Second Intifada and was seized by
                        the Israeli marine forces.</p>
                      <p>Shobaki was held at the Palestinian prison in
                        Jericho under American and British observation.</p>
                      <blockquote>
                        <p>'I am telling you that I am the next prison
                          martyr'</p>
                        <p>- <em>Fuad al-Shobaki</em></p>
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                      <p>Then in 2006, Israeli forces stormed the
                        Jericho prison and kidnapped the Palestinian,
                        who then faced a trial in an Israeli military
                        court over the Karen A charges, which he denied.
                        He was eventually sentenced to 20 years in jail,
                        later decreased to 17.</p>
                      <p>Shobaki has three years of this sentence left
                        to serve. While family members regularly visit
                        to cheer him up, they say they are concerned
                        that his health has rapidly deteriorated and are
                        calling for his release. </p>
                      <p>Shobaki's son Hazem told <a
href="https://www.arab48.com/%D9%81%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B7%D9%8A%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%AA/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A9/2020/01/13/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%A8%D9%83%D9%8A-%D9%8A%D8%B9%D9%8A%D8%B4-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%88%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D8%B7%D9%8A%D8%A1-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B3%D8%AC%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%86%D9%82%D8%A8-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B5%D8%AD%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%8A"
                          target="_blank">Arab 48 news site</a> that his
                        father now depends on fellow prisoners to assist
                        him from his bed even short distances to the
                        toilet or the kitchen.</p>
                      <p>Shobaki has previously survived prostate cancer
                        and recently underwent surgery for glaucoma, but
                        his eyesight has declined since then.</p>
                      <p>In a letter leaked to the media in December,
                        Shobaki criticised the PA and the Fatah movement
                        for ignoring him in his prison cell.</p>
                      <p>“Today, I feel sad that you do not even mention
                        my name in your meetings. Is there anyone from
                        the leadership who is asking about me or calling
                        on popular or international movements to release
                        me?” Shobaki wrote.</p>
                      <p>“I am telling you that I am the next prison
                        martyr. Shame on you for sitting in chairs that
                        you do not deserve," he wrote.</p>
                      <p>According to prisoner rights group <a
                          href="https://www.hurryyat.net/"
                          target="_blank">Hurryyat</a>, there are around
                        5,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails,
                        with an estimated 700 suffering from various
                        illnesses and diseases. Eighteen others
                        are permanently hospitalised in Ramleh prison
                        clinic.</p>
                      <p>In 2019, five Palestinians died inside Israeli
                        prisons, including Sami Abu Diak who died in
                        November after battling cancer.</p>
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