LIVE BLOG | Global Action: Free Former Hunger striker Samer Issawi!

Last updated: April 29, 2013 ~ by occpal

Continuous updates of related news


April 22, 2013

More updates to follow after confirmation



A Message from Samer el Issawi at day 209 hunger strike:

Via Rona Merrill, Neta Golan

Message from Samer Al Issawi, below, also his brother just got arrested at their home (and here’s hoping it’s not because of worse news):

MESSAGE FROM SAMER AL-ISSAWI – 16.02.13 – ‘I turn with admiration to the masses of our heroic Palestinian people, to our Palestinian leadership, to all forces, parties and national institutions. I salute them for standing by our fight to defend our right to freedom and dignity.

I draw my strength from my people, from all the free people in the world, from friends and the families of the prisoners who continue day and night chanting for freedom and an end to the occupation.

My health has deteriorated dramatically and I’m hung between life and death. My weak body is collapsing but still able to be patient and continue the confrontation. My message is that I will continue until the end, until the last drop of water in my body, until martyrdom. Martyrdom is an honor for me in this battle. My martyrdom is my remaining bomb in the confrontation with the tyrants and the jailers, in the face of the racist policy of the occupation that humiliates our people and exercises against us all means of oppression and repression.

I say to my people: I’m stronger than the occupation army and its racist laws. I, Samer al-Issawi, son of Jerusalem, send you my last will that, in case I fell as a martyr, you will carry my soul as a cry for all the prisoners, man and women, cry for freedom, emancipation and salvation from the nightmare of prisons and their harsh darkness.

My battle is not only for individual freedom. The battle waged by me and by my heroic colleagues, Tariq, Ayman and Ja’affar, is everyone’s battle, the battle of the Palestinian people against the occupation and its prisons. Our goal is to be free and sovereign in our liberated state and in our blessed Jerusalem.

The weak and strained beats of my heart derive their steadfastness from you, the great people. My eyes, which started to lose their sight, draws light from your solidarity and your support of me. My weak voice takes its strength from your voice that is louder than the warden’s voice and higher than the walls.

I’m one of your sons, among thousands of your sons who are prisoners, still languishing steadfasting in the prisons, waiting for an end to be brought to their plight, their pains and the suffering of their families.

The doctors told me I became exposed to stroke because of the disorder of my heartbeats, the shortage of sugar and the drop in blood pressure. My body is full of cold and I can’t sleep because of the continued pain. But despite the extreme fatigue and chronic headaches, as I move on my chair, I’m trying to summon all my resources to continue on the road till its end. There is no going back, only in my victory, because I’m the owner of Right and my detention is invalid and illegal.

Do not be afraid for my heart if it will stop, don’t be afraid for my hands if they will be paralyzed. I am still alive now and tomorrow and after death, because Jerusalem is moving in my blood, in my devotion and my faith.

Palestine 16/02/2013′

  • Febr 16, 2013 | Pour la traduction en Français par ISM France (@ISMFRANCE) cliquez ici
  • Febr 16, 2013 | For Translation in Dutch by Dr. Tariq Shadid (@Docjazzmusic) click here
  • Febr 20, 2013 | Another new letter from Samer Issawi – The Letters from Samer Issawi  (English Translation) – UPDATED
  • March 11, 2013 | A New Letter from Palestinian Prisoner Samer al-Issawi – Al Qassam Website
  • April 18, 2013 | Letter from Samer Issawi on Palestinian Prisoners Day (full text) Translation by @docjazzmusic


379595_194111794067335_1603088446_nJoin the global (online) action against the illegal detention of Samer Issawi. Palestinian Hunger striker, previous released in the Shalit deal, who received a presidential pardon and got arrested and detained again without any charges. A flagrant violation of human and civil rights for a presidential pardon in legal terms restores ones civil rights as well as supposes to be amnesty for any alleged or charged crime in the first place.

Samer received this pardon in the Wafa al-Ahrar deal. And was – like many others – arrested again, for no reason at all.  Still detained without any charges and dying.

His case and those of all others silence by mainstream media.

  • Febr 23, 2013 | Infuriating – news: Shireen Issawi has been ARRESTED by the Israeli Army !

Shireen Issawi has spent 1 year in prison. Last time she spent 10 days under house arrest after getting beaten up at brother’s court hearing. After several hours she was released again.


January 2013

  • Jan 19, 2013 | After 180 DAYS of consecutive hunger strike, Issawi is transferred into the emergency room –   Source
  • Jan 20, 2013 | Detainee Al-Issawi Moved To Israeli Hospital – IMEMC
  • Jan 22, 2013 | Sharp deterioration in al-Issawi’s health condition – Source
  • Jan 24, 2013 | Israel releases sister and lawyer straight into house arrest so she can’t attend brother’s trial – IMEMC
  • Jan 29, 2013 | Call to Action: Join Addameer’s Global End Administrative Detention Campaign! – Addameer
  • Jan 30, 2013 | Once again Israel reneges on agreement to release hunger striker – Addameer

February 2013

  • Febr 3, 2013 | Report: Samir Al-Issawi Health is at High Risk, Actions Required | PNN
  • Febr 4, 2013 | Will Samer Issawi be the next victim of medical neglect by the Israeli Prison Service? « PALESTINE FROM MY EYES
  • Febr 4, 2013 | Protest in support of Samer Issawi – Jaffa – PHOTOS 
  • Febr 4, 2013 | Protest in support of prisoners, Ramle prison – PHOTOS 
  • Feb. 4, 2013 | Protest in support of prisoners, Bethlehem – PHOTOS
  • Feb. 4, 2013 | Protest in support of prisoners, Nablus – PHOTOS 
  • Feb. 4, 2013 | Protest in support of #prisoners, Hebron – PHOTOS
  • Febr 4, 2013 | International campaign for the release of striking prisoners – PIC
  • Febr 5, 2013 | MK Tibi says Issawi risks death in Israeli jail – Maan
  • Febr 5, 2013 | Lawyer: Long-term hunger striker refusing water – Maan
  • Febr 5, 2013 | Palestinian hunger striker refuses water: lawyer – Maan
  • Febr 6, 2013 |  Barghouti confirms serious deterioration in Issawi’s health condition – PIC
  • Febr 7, 2013 | Amnesty International issues urgent appeal concerning health of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prison EI
  • Febr 8, 2013 | PHOTOS | Protest in support of #SamerIssawi, Jaffa – ICAI2
  • Feb. 8, 2013 | PHOTOS | Clashes in support of Samer Issawi, Issawiyeh – ICAI2 
  • Feb. 8, 2013 | PHOTOS | Clashes in support of Samer Issawi, Abu Dis – ICAI2
  • Feb. 8, 2013 | PHOTOS | Protest in support of Samer Issawi, Jerusalem – ICAI2
  • Feb 9, 2013 | Will Samer Issawi be the next victim of medical neglect by the Israeli Prison Service? – Palestine from my Eyes
  • Febr 9, 2013 | Qaraqe: If a hunger striker dies, UN will lose credibility – Source
  • Febr 11, 2013 | Samer Issawi in “critical condition” on day 203 of hunger strike – Source
  • Febr 11, 2013 | Liberated prisoner Khader Adnan goes on hunger strike – Source
  • Febr 12, 2013 | Samer Issawi: ‘Either the light of freedom, or that of martyrdom’ ~ by Dr. Tariq Shadid
  • Febr 12, 2013 | Haniyeh calls on human rights institutions to save prisoners – PIC
  • Febr 13, 2013 | Abbas urges support for Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails  | PressTV
  • Febr 13, 2013 | UN officials concerned over Palestinian prisoners – Source
  • Febr 13, 2013 | Urgent UN Press Statement: Release Palestinian Hunger Strikers Now ~ by Prof. Em. Richard Falk
  • Febr 13, 2013 | They Don’t Hear Me When I Ask for Help | Common Dreams
  • Febr 14, 2013 | Jailed Palestinian hunger striker faces death – Renee Lewis, Al Jazeera
  • Febr 14, 2013 | MP Barghouti, UN urge action on Palestinian hunger strikers | Maan
  • Febr 14, 2013 | US Media to Palestinian Hunger Striker: We Don’t Care If You Die – Rania Khalek
  • Febr 15, 2013 | Palestinians rally for hunger striker | Al Jazeera
  • Febr 15, 2013 | Hundreds protest across West Bank to support hunger strikers – Source
  • Febr 15, 2013 | Mishaal phoned family of hunger striking prisoner Issawi – PIC
  • Febr 15, 2013 | 2 shot with live ammunition at Ofer prison demonstration – ISM Palestine
  • Febr 15, 2013 | International calls to save life of hunger striker Samer Issawi – Jews for Justice for Palestinians
  • Febr 16, 2013 | Sama news published letter of Samer Issawi (Arabic)- Sama
  • Febr 16, 2013 | Issawi suffers nerve paralysis – Ahlul Bayt News Agency
  • Febr 16, 2013 | Israel’s detentions violate international law – Video
  • Febr 16, 2013 | Palestinian Hunger Strikers Battle on a New Front – by Linah Alsaafin
  • Febr 16, 2013 | A Letter from Samer Issawi  (English Translation) – Samer Issawi
  • Febr 17, 2013 | PHOTOS | IDF arrests brother of hunger-striking Palestinian detainee – reports | Russia Today
  • Febr 17, 2013 |  ‘Save Samer, he is dying’: Samer Issawi’s Mother – Video
  • Febr 17, 2013 | Le gréviste de la faim, #SamerIssawi, peut mourir d’un moment à l’autre! – Video
  • Febr 17, 2013 | Palestinian Prisoners ~ Amazing Grace | Save #SamerIssawi – Gospel Video
  • Febr 17, 2013 | Samer Issawi releases letter from prison – Bikya News
  • Febr 17, 2013 | PCHR Appeals to the International Community to Save the Life of Palestinian Administrative Detainee, Samer al-Eissawi – PCHR Gaza
  • Febr 17, 2013 | Israel jails brother of Palestinian hunger striker, two others – Al Akhbar English
  • Febr 17, 2013 | Abby Martin’s coverage about Samer Issawi – Russia Today Video
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Israel violating hunger strikers’ rights’ – PressTV
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Samer Issawi: No going back, I am owner of Right – Causes
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Protesters condemn UN for ignoring hunger strikers – Maan
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Protesters rally in solidarity with hunger strikers – Maan
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Israel to hold emergency hearing for Samer Issawi – Source
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Israel sets a court hearing for Samer Issawi for tomorrow, Feb 19, 2013 – Source
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Mass demos in West Bank: Palestinians urge EU to act for prisoners’ release – Source
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Palestinians protest to support hunger striking prisoners – Source
  • Febr 18, 2013 | As Palestinian hunger strikes come to a head, world begins to take notice – Source
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Zamalek fans support hunger strikers – Source
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Palestinians protest at UN office in Ramallah over hunger-strikers – Source 
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Activists Close Street 60 in Bethlehem in Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners – Source 
  • Febr 18, 2013 | Hunger Striker Samer Issawi Invisible to Israeli Society – Al Monitor
  • Febr 19, 2013 | BREAKING NEWS : 800 Palestinian inmates go on #Palhunger strike – PressTV
  • Febr 19, 2013 | Israel handling of hunger strikers ‘ethical failure’ : NGO – France24/AFP
  • Febr 19, 2013 | France Expresses Concern over the Health of Palestinian – PNN English
  • Febr 19, 2013 | Israeli court orders Issawi to remain in custody – Maan
  • Febr 19, 2013 | Israel court defers release of hunger striker – Al Jazeera
  • Febr 19, 2013 | Pressure mounts on Israel over Palestinian prisoner fast – Ynet
  • Febr 19, 2013 | 20 Palestinians wounded during clashes with Israeli occupation forces – PIC
  • Febr 19, 2013 | Israelis reject release of hunger striker Samer Issawi – ArabWorld360
  • Febr 19, 2013 | For Samer Issawi: a poem by Susan Abulhawa – Electronic Intifada
  • Febr 20, 2013 | Palestinians hold demo for prisoners – PressTV
  • Febr 20, 2013 | Clashes in Nablus in support of prisoners continue for the 3rd day – Source
  • Febr 20, 2013 | Protest tent for prisoners, Ramallah, Feb. 20, 2013 – Photos at ICAI2
  • Febr 20, 2013 | Another new letter from Samer Issawi – The Letters from Samer Issawi  (English Translation) – UPDATED
  • Febr 20, 2013 | Court refuses to release Issawi – 800 more join hunger strike – Jews for Justice for Palestinians
  • Febr 20, 2013 | Ban Ki-Moon calls for an end to “Palestinian prisoners’ crisis” – MEMO
  • Febr 20, 2013 | Arab League holds Israel responsible for lives of hunger-strikers – MEMO
  • Febr 21, 2013 | Lawyer condemns Issawi court decision – Maan
  • Febr 21, 2013 | Turkey studies the striking prisoners’ demands – PIC
  • Febr 21, 2013 | Samer Issawi sentenced to 8 months in prison – Maan
  • Febr 21, 2013 | Human rights orgs demand Palhunger strikers & all administrative detainees, be released without delay – Mondoweiss
  • Febr 21, 2013 | Immediate action needed to ensure Israel respects hunger-strikers’ rights – IMEMC
  • Febr 21, 2013 | End the rumors: Samer Issawi will not be released on March 6, continues hunger strike ~ by @docjazzmusic
  • Febr 21, 2013 | Hamas rejects proposal to expel hunger-strikers to Gaza as condition for release  – MEMO
  • Febr 21, 2013 | Nazareth activists set up tent to support hunger strikers –  Islam Times
  • Febr 21, 2013 | Samer al-Issawi Trial – Video
  • Febr 22, 2013 | Protests spread to every city for hunger striking prisoners – ISM Palestine
  • Febr 22, 2013 | Thousands rally for hunger strikers across Palestine – Al Akhbar English
  • Febr 22, 2013 | An Intifada Friday – Arab World 360
  • Febr 22, 2013 | IOF Harshly Suppresses Solidarity Protests Around the West Bank – PNN English
  • Febr 22, 2013 | No peace without justice; protesters return to Ofer for the fourth day in a row – ISM Palestine
  • Febr 22, 2013 | Israel puts Army Sniper on Aqsa, Worshipers attacked After Holding Protest In Support Of Detainees – IMEMC News4
  • Febr 22, 2013 | “We are not terrorists, we are only resisting the occupation” – ISM Palestine
  • Febr 22, 2013 | Hunger-striker Samer Issawi is another victim of an unjust legal system – 972 Magazine
  • Febr 22, 2013 | Jerusalem archbishop visits solidarity tent for prisoners – Maan
  • Febr 23, 2013 | Family of Samer al-‘Issawi Subjected to Repeated Harassment by Israeli Military – Al Haq
  • Febr 23, 2013 | IOF soldiers detain lawyer @ShireenIssawi for few hours – PIC
  • Febr 24, 2013 | Mother of Sharawna: No one listens Maan
  • Febr 25, 2013 |Israeli court extends remand of Issawi’s brother – PIC
  • Febr 26, 2013 |”Today, February 26 2013, marks the 20th anniversary of the martyrdom of my brother Fadi Issawi” – More
  • Febr 26, 2013 | Salutations from Samer Al-Issawi: Samer Al-Issawi has been on hunger strike for almost 220 days – MEMO
  • Febr 26, 2013 | Lawyer: Israel court hearing for hunger strikers postponed – Ma’an News
  • Febr 26, 2013 | Int’l pressure builds: Human Rights Watch calls for end to ‘abusive’ administrative detention of 178 prisoners – Mondoweiss
  • Febr 27, 2013 | Massive rally in Yabad town in solidarity with hunger strikers – PIC
  • Febr 28, 2013 | Al-Eesawy Moved To Rambam Hospital In Haifa – IMEMC
  • Febr 28, 2013 | PA rejects deporting hunger strikers – Ma’an News
  • Febr 28, 2013 | 1,250 Christians, Muslims & Jews join second weekly 24-hr global fast for Samer Issawi  – Source

March 2013

  • March 1, 2013 | Invitation …. European delegation visits Silwan and Issawiya tomorrow morning … The press  conference will be in front of the house Samer al-Issawi – Silwanic
  • March 1, 2013 | Why Twitter actions for hunger strikers should be supported! ~ by Dr. Tariq Shadid aka Doc Jazz
  • March 1, 2013 | A European delegation to visit Palestine on Friday – PIC
  • March 3, 2013 | We are fighting for all Palestinians | Samer Issawi – guardian
  • March 3, 2013 | Palestinian hunger striker demands UK impose sanctions on Israel – guardian
  • March 3, 2013 | “Our prisoners are dying.” Students mobilise in Gaza – ISM Palestine
  • March 4, 2013 | Issawi: Hunger strike is my last remaining stone – Islam Times
  • March 4, 2013 | Issawi still on hunger strike despite serious condition – Al Qassam Website
  • March 4, 2013 | Why prisoner hunger strikes strike such a chord in Palestinian life – Mondoweiss
  • March 6, 2013 | Students join hunger strike in solidarity with prisoners – Maan
  • March 7, 2013 | Outsiders must help Palestinian hunger strikers say Issawi and Abbas – Jews for Justice for Palestinians
  • March 10, 2013 |  Al- Eesawy Refuses To Be Exiled In Exchange For His Release – IMEMC
  • March 11, 2013 | Hunger striker Issawi refuses Israeli offer of deportation to Gaza – MEMO
  • March 11, 2013 | A New Letter from Palestinian Prisoner Samer al-Issawi
    Al Qassam Website
  • March 12, 2013 | Issawi stops drinking water – Maan
  • March 12, 2013 | Doctors: Issawi facing death any moment – Al Qassam Website
  • March 13, 2013 | Fighting for freedom: eight Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike right now – Electronic Intifada
  • March 13, 2013 | Samer Issawi : “I refused water not for love of death but for freedom and dignity” by Dr. Tariq Shadid aka Doc Jazz
  • March 14, 2013 | Palestinian hunger-striker Issawi “on the verge of death” – Al Akhbar English
  • March 15, 2013 | Issawi enters stage of extreme danger – PIC
  • March 16, 2013 | Ex-captive Mazen Natshe: Prisoners will resume mass hunger strike – PIC
  • March 16, 2013 | New Poster/Drawing by Doc Jazz: Free Samer Issawi – Dr. Tariq Shadid aka Doc Jazz
  • March 18, 2013 |Prisoners group to protest outside US consulate in Jerusalem – Maan
  • March 18, 2013 | Statement by Samer Issawi on ‘deportation deals’ – English and Arabic – Dr. Tariq Shadid
  • March 19, 2013 | Samer Issawi – the stomach as a weapon – 972 Magazine
  • March 19, 2013 | Brother of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner sentenced to 20 months imprisonment – AIC News
  • March 19, 2013 | Issawi’s mother to Obama: Save my son’s life – Al Akhbar English
  • March 19, 2013 | Statement from Samer Issawi who has spent over 240 days on hunger strike – ISM Palestine
  • March 20, 2013 | Israeli court to open hearing into Issawi’s case – PIC
  • March 20, 2013 | Jerusalemites stage solidarity sit-in with hunger strikers – PIC
  • March 21, 2013 | Lawyer: Issawi too sick to attend hearing – Maan News
  • March 22, 2013 |  University of Florida (UF) students stand in solidarity with Samer Issawi! – PHOTOS
  • March 24, 2013 | Argentina activist on hunger strike to support Issawi – Maan News
  • March 25, 2013 | Samer Issawi and Palestinian Factions – Arab World 360
  • March 26, 2013 | Israel blocks travel of Issawi’s mother – PIC
  • March 26, 2013 | Medical sources warn of Issawi’s “sudden death” – PIC
  • March 27, 2013 | BBC to be urged to end news blackout on Palestinian hunger strikers – PressTV

April 2013

  • April 2, 2013 | Hunger striker Samer Issawi sends condolences to family of Abu Hamdiyeh – Source
  • April 3, 2013 | Opinion: Samer Al Issawi, Awaits ‘Sudden Death – Source
  • April 6, 2013 | Samer Issawi at risk of imminent death, on artificial ventilation – @docjazzmusic
  • April 6, 2013 | Samer Issawi cristical – Israeli forces raid and tear gas inmates in Rimon prison – Source
  • April 7, 2013 | Declining health of hunger striker Samer Issawi triggers clashes in Bethlehem – PIC
  • April 7, 2013 | Consul general says UK government acting on Samer Issawi and other prisoners – Jews for Justice for Palestinians
  • April 7, 2013 | Lawyer: Issawi’s pulse dangerously low – Maan
  • April 8, 2013 | Issawi family delivers letter to EU demanding his release – Maan
  • April 9, 2013 | Samer Al-Essawy facing heart slowdown, possible brain damage – Al Qassam Website
  • April 13, 2013 | Israeli forces prevent visit to Samer Issawi – More
  • April 13, 2013 | Israel offers to deport hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner – The Washington Press
  • April 13, 2013 | Israel rejects appeal to release hunger-striker Issawi: minister – Al Akhbar
  • April 14, 2013 | Israeli Writers Ask Palestinian Hunger Striker to End Fast to Death – Tikun Olam
  • April 14., 2013 | New report: Israeli prison medical staff violate medical ethics, endanger prisoners – AIC
  • April 14, 2013 | Israel’s Continued Arrest of al-Issawi is a War Crime, says al-Malki – WAFA
  • April 15, 2013 | Two very different Israeli replies to Samer Issawi’s invitation – Ira Glunts, Mondoweiss
  • April 16, 2013 | Israeli occupation sends negotiators to captive Issawi’s room – PIC
  • April 16, 2013 | The fate of Samer Issawi – Jews for Justice for Palestinians
  • April 17, 2013 | Issawi calls for ‘rage and solidarity’ on Prisoners Day – Maan
  • April 18, 2013 |  Intensive negotiations with hunger striker Al-Issawi – MEMO
  • April 18, 2013 | Letter from Samer Issawi on Palestinian Prisoners Day (full text) Translation by @docjazzmusic
  • April 21, 2013 | Issawi continues hunger strike, stops supplements, rejects negotiations ~ by @docjazzmusic
  • April 21, 2013 | Israel military court to hold ‘urgent’ hearing for Issawi – Ma’an News
  • April 22, 2013 | Israel proposes six months imprisonment for hunger-striking Samer Issawi – via aicnews 
  • April 22, 2013 | Lawyer: “Eesawy Conditionally Agrees To End Hunger Strike” – Al Qassam Website
  • April 22, 2013 | PPS: “No Official Proposal To End The Case Of Eesawy” – IMEMC
  • April 22, 2013 | Israeli forces raid Issawi’s home town – Maan
  • April 22, 2013 | Issawi relatives say assaulted by Israel police – Maan
  • April 22, 2013 | Jewish settlers attack Issawi’s family – PIC
  • April 22, 2013 | Issawi: My detention is malicious – Maan
  • April 22, 2013 | Minister: Issawi close to finalizing deal with Israel – Maan
  • April 22, 2013 | Issawi accepts Israeli offer, but insists on putting it in writing – PIC
  • April 23, 2013 | Via Shirin Issawi:  After my uncle and I reached Kaplan Hospital, in a hurry, expecting the worst case scenario… | Ufree Network
  • April 23, 2013 | Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi agrees to end hungerstrike – Al Jazeera
  • April 23, 2013 | Issawi signs agreement with Israel, ends hunger strike – Maan
  • April 23, 2013 | Israeli jailers conclude written agreement with Issawi ending his hunger strike – PIC
  • April 23, 2013 | Israel to release Samer Al-Issawi in December – MEMO
  • April 23, 2013 | Hamas minister congratulates Samer Issawi on deal – Maan
  • April 24, 2013 | Al-Eesawy Ends His Hunger Strike, To Be Released In 8 Months – IMEMC
  • April 24, 2013 | Resheq: Issawi forced occupation to acquiesce – PIC
  • April 25, 2013 | Congratulations of PFLP  to Palestinian prisoner hero Samer al-Issawi on his victory over the jailer – We Fight Back News
  • April 25, 2013 | Samer Issawi’s Victory Letter – English/Arabic – Translation by Dr. Tariq Shadid aka @docjazzmusic
  • April 25, 2013 | Hunger strike marks “turning point” in fight against Israel’s deportations, says rights group – EI
  • April 29, 2013 | According to Shireen Issawi the Israeli Occupation moved Palestinian detainee & former hunger striker Samerto Ramle Prison – Read more

HUNGRY! ~ by @DocJazzMusic

Published on Feb 8, 2013 by Dr. Tariq Shadid aka Doc Jazz

Music video of the song ‘HUNGRY’ by Palestinian artist Doc Jazz – in dedication to the courageous Palestinian hunger strikers among those held in so-called ‘administrative detention’ by the occupation forces of the Zionist entity that calls itself ‘Israel’. This song was inspired specifically by Samer Issawi, on his 199th day of hunger strike at the upload date of this video.

Production by Doc Jazz – the Musical Intifada


Jan 28, 2013, Issa Qaraq, minister of detainee, stated:

“Samer Issawi who is on hunger strike for 188 days is living his last hours”

Samer Issawi is on hunger strike for over 6 months now.

Samer Issawi’s Mother Says:

“I want my son Samer to come back home alive and not in an Israeli coffin”


Last week trialed for the second time on same allegations in a different court and dying.

An Assassination Attempt

Shireen Issawi, Samer’s sister, has been on hunger strike protesting his brother’s illegal detention for over a month, and she, as her mother told me, will not stop till her brother’s freedom. As I reported in the Electronic Intifada, she said, [with evident distress]:

It is worth mentioning that there is no medical treatment for my brother’s condition as his health increasingly deteriorates and his condition becomes unbearable. My brother stopped drinking water around 20 days ago. On Sun Dec 9th, 3 pm, he was given medicine. Seconds after taking it, he lost his consciousness for two full days. The administration department in the ‘hospital’ stated: ‘This was given to Issawi by mistake.’ There is no doubt that they want to kill him.”

In a letter from Samer – translated by Ahrar Center and published on Wednesday Dec 12th, Samer writes about his health and about the aforementioned incident:

I take B12 injections because I have gradual damage in my nervous system and I have pains in my eyes, nerves, abdomen, hands, arthritis, and muscles and can’t stand. They told me that they will give me an injection weekly in order to help my nervous system. My pain in my kidney and hands is increasing. The pain in my head is like the electrical shock and I have continuous diarrhea due to the fluids they give me in hospital. I have blood in urine twice a week. They put me in an isolated room in the hospital with plastic doors so that they can’t hear me when I call them. I accepted to take fluids and vitamins because the intelligence promised me that my file 80% finished.

They gave me on Wednesday a medicine. I slept for two days, then they said it wasn’t for me! It was for a civilian prisoner! And they didn’t even talk to the one. Before two days I found myself on the ground! I think I slept deeply, but they came searching for a cell phone thinking that I have one, but I told them that I asked the police man once to call the lawyer, and because I found a phone card they think that I have a phone! But the card, I didn’t take it, I threw it to the bed of the sick civilian man.

After a week of taking fluids and vitamins I stopped everything, because they were liars. My isolation is very hard.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association has documented the medical neglect he and other prisoners are subject to:

Like the other prisoners, Samer is not being treated as an ill patient by the Ramla prison clinic. On Saturday December 1st, 2012 during an examination with the prison clinic doctor, Samer tried to stand and lost consciousness. Instead of assisting him, the doctor left him lying on the floor and exited the room. We express our deep concern for the health of Samer and the other detainees who are on hunger strike protesting their unlawful custody.

A Note: Samer Issawi is not the only hunger striker.

Jafar Azzidine, Tarek Qa’adan, and Yousef Yassin have been striking for 37 days now, in protest of their administrative detention orders.

I met with Jafar Azzidine’s brother who lives in Gaza after his release in the last exchange – the same exchange of October 18 2011 in which Samer Issawi was released. He has been banned from entering Jenin, the city of his birth and his hometown.

My brother had been on hunger strike for 54 days in March – May 2012, winning his freedom in June 2012 and had imposed his condition on the Israeli Prison Forces (IPS).” On Nov 22nd he was once again arrested and held under administrative detention. “Now, as his body can not endure another hunger strike; as he is once again an administrative detainee with neither charge nor trial, we call upon the world to end administrative detention, the sword pointed on the neck of the Palestinian detainees. I received a letter in Dec 19th from Jafar, Tarek, and Yousef who are striking to end their detentions. They emphasize that their open hunger strikes are to protest the Israeli intelligence and their policies and not just to gain individual freedom.

Jafar, 41 years old from Jenin, has been detained by the Occupation seven times, his most recent arrest being 21 March 2012. He participated in a hunger strike which ended on May, 14th, and was released on June 19th, after spending 4 months in administrative detention. As a result of his most recent hunger strike, he suffers from low blood pressure, continuous dizziness and headaches, protein deficiencies and pain in his joints, knees, hands and spinal cord.

Samer’s Message

On Dec 30th, Samer forwarded a short message via his lawyer,

My detention is unfair and my demands are nothing but just. Thus I will not withdraw from the battle for freedom. I am waiting for either victory and freedom – or martyrdom. I was able to achieve 90% of my objectives that were to deliver my voice to the Egyptians, to maintain the achievements of the deal by preventing the re-arrest of prisoners liberated in the exchange; I maintained the prestige of Egypt as a mediator in the deal and to preserve the blood of the martyrs in Gaza. So there only still remains 10% from my goals, which is very small: my freedom.

At the end, I only want you to imagine yourself put alone in a small dirty dark cell for unlimited time and you cannot get your freedom but with a strike. What will you do? Think of Samer as if he was your brother or son. He needs every bit of your action.

Malaka Mohammed, 22, is a recent graduate of the Islamic University and a Palestinian freelance writer living in Gaza. Follow her on Twitter @MalakaMohammed and on her blog,

He is suffering abuse, humiliation and torture as you can see in the video below, how they kicked, hit, dragged him through an Israeli court until he fell out of his wheelchair.


Don’t let this man who is a hostage of apartheid, silenced by media and deprived of human and every (civil) right, neglected and abused die in silence….


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Global Solidarity Weekend on Jan. 25, 26, 27
Banner Drops and Solidarity Fasts

Join the Free Samer Issawi Campaign on a solidarity fast this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. To maximize the effectiveness of this, please publicize your fast to your networks to bring attention to this issue and help mobilize support. This includes taking a photo with a sign that reads “I am fasting in solidarity with the Palestinian hunger strikers illegally detained by the Israeli Government. I demand their immediate release and that Israel respect international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people.” It also includes posting this photo on Facebook (better yet, as your profile picture on the days that you are fasting!), tweeting about it, and telling people around you.

We also ask supporters to create banners and hold them in public places where they would get substantial visibility, e.g. above busy highways (as long as it is legal per local laws) and during busy traffic. The banner should read something along the lines of “Free Palestinian hunger strikers!” These can be hand made on cloth with markers at minimal cost, or professionally printed at an estimated cost of $100 for a 2 ft by 8 ft vinyl banner.

Samer’s health is now in a very critical stage and immediate action is urgent. Please join us this weekend, before it is too late to save him. Send us a photo and we’ll include it in a graphic collage that will be sent to his family showing them the global solidarity, as well as any detainee’s families that we are able to get in touch with.

E-mails, Faxes, Letters, Phone Calls

Please write a brief note to the following recipients, demanding Samer’s immediate release and that Israel end its illegal policy of ‘administrative detention.’ Ask your government to stop supporting Israel’s continuous violation of the Palestinian people’s human rights, and especially the political prisoners.

  •  U.S. Department of State: Elizabeth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, Tel. 202-647-7209
  • U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem: Consul General Michael Ratney, Tel. +972(02)622-6909/8; fax +972(02)624-0939; e-mail
  •  Canadian Foreign Minister: Office of John Baird, Tel. 613-990-7720; e-mail:

…more contacts will be added, and they all need to hear from us!

Other Alerts and Petitions

For more actions check the Actions Page at FREESAMERISSAWI.ORG

For confirmed news and updates about hunger strikers, (child)prisoners and abuse of rights, violations, medical neglect and torture

More resources can be found below this post. This blog also contains an archive of over 1100 articles about the Palestinian Hunger strikers.

samerissawi16Jan2013[1]Don’t stay silent…
Don’t be 1 of those  expressing outrage AFTER he DIED
Do be 1 of us, who is in outrage to prevent his death
Come in action BEFORE HE DIES!

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The Abuse of Samer Issawi at an Israeli court, torturing a wheelchair bound dying man

Arbitrary Detention and Isolation of Palestinians at Israeli jails (UFree Network)

A journal published by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights | June 26, 2012

“On Torture” is an edited volume of essays by Palestinian, Israeli and international legal and medical experts and practitioners based on presentations that they gave during a workshop held in Jerusalem in April 2011 entitled, “Securing Accountability for Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CIDT) in Israel: New Trends and Comparative Lessons”.

The essayists explore the history of torture in Israel, the daily challenges that practitioners face in seeking accountability for torture and CIDT in Israel, and the changing face of torture.


Palestinian Prisoners
Palestine’s Prisoners – Pictures
Palestinian Prisoners Special Topic
Palestinian Prisoners –Category
The History of Israeli Torture – Topic
Child Arrests – Topic
All posts about Torture – Category
Hana Shalabi
Hana’ Yayha Ash-Shalabi – Action Alert
All Related posts about Hana Shalabi
Palestinian Hunger Strikers: A History
Palestinian Hungerstrikers –List of all names
For reliable/latest news about hungerstrikers go to Addameer
Khader Adnan
All related posts about Khader Adnan
We will not let you down Khader Adnan! – Photos & Action Alert

Hunger Strikers, Risks for Health & Life

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