#PalHunger | Israeli authorities ‘prevented Red Cross visit to hunger striker al-Issawi’ @Ufreenetwork @Amnesty @hrw

Maan News Agency | Sept 28, 2012

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli prison guards prevented a critically ill prisoner on hunger strike from seeing a Red Cross representative, a lawyer said Friday.

Samer al-Issawi is in a critical medical condition after 59 days on hunger strike, said Loai Akka, a lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoners Society who visited him in Nafha jail. The meeting was delayed because al-Issawi had fainted, Akka said.

Al-Issawi told his lawyer that he had been taken away by bus when Red Cross representatives visited the prison. “They did this on purpose, so the Red Crescent representative would not talk to me, or see my critical situation.”

The prisoner has lost 15 kg in the two-month strike and suffers constant headaches and pain in his joints and muscles, Akka said. He has difficulty walking and weak vision.

Israeli prison authorities are refusing him medical treatment to pressure him to end the strike, Akka added.

Al-Issawi had been released from jail in October under the prisoner swap agreement between Israel and Hamas, but he was re-arrested in July and went on hunger strike on Aug. 1 demanding his freedom.

“I have informed the prison authority what am I going to do, and they put pressure on me to end the hunger strike … Until September 14, the Israeli prison authority treated me as if was not on hunger strike,” al-Issawi told his lawyer.

He was held in a room with six other prisoners who were not on hunger strike to try and weaken his resolve, he added.

“I will not give up, and their polices will not have any impact on me,” al-Issawi said, insisted he would stay on hunger strike until he dies or is freed.

Al-Issawi urged local and international organizations and the Palestinian people to support him and Ayman Sharawna, who has been on hunger strike for 90 days.

A lawyer who visited Sharawna on Monday said he was almost totally blind and suffering from severe kidney problems and partial memory loss.

Fares Ziad, a lawyer for the prisoner rights group Addameer, said Sharawna, 37, had lost vision in his left eye and 80 percent of vision in his right eye.

Addameer says its lawyers have been denied access to al-Issawi.



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