#PalHunger | Sharp deterioration in al-Issawi’s health condition

#FreeSamer | Join global action for #PalHunger striker Samer Issawi

[ PIC 21/01/2013 – 08:12 PM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) revealed that the hunger striker Samer al-Issawi’s health condition has seriously deteriorated two days ago due to his hunger strike since 181 days, where he was transferred to Assaf Harofeh hospital.

Head of the Legal Unit at the PPS, Jawad Boulos, said that the prisoner al-Issawi’s temperature has risen suddenly to 39.8, confirming that al-Issawi was transferred to Asaf Harofe hospital yesterday where Issawi refused to undergo medical tests. He was then taken back back to Ramle Hospital in critical condition.

Boulos expressed his concern regarding al-Issawi’s health condition especially that it is the first time he had a sudden rise in temperature, explaining that “until the end of his visit, al-Issawi was suffering from the same condition without any improvement in his health condition.”

Boulos’ statements came after his visit to “Ramle prison hospital” during which he also visited the prisoners Jaafar Azzedine, and Tariq Ka’adan, 56 days on hunger strike.

He revealed that there are talks between PPS and the Egyptian authorities over prisoners on hunger strike, stressing that serious steps taking place in order to end the prisoners’ suffering.

He stressed that Egypt is making great efforts, most recently a meeting between Egyptian officials and the Israelis to discuss several issues concerning prisoners and especially the re-arrest of the liberated prisoners in al-Ahrar exchange deal.

In a related context, Boulos said that the prisoner Ayman Sharawna resumed his hunger strike on Wednesday after suspending it for about a month, where he received false promises by the prison administration concerning his trial date.

Human rights sources also said that a Palestinian prisoner in the Israeli prisons has lost his ability to walk “due to deliberate medical negligence practiced by the prison administration against the prisoner.”

According to the PPS, the prisoner Abdel Nasser Shawish, from Tubas, was sentenced to life imprisonment, lost ability to walk, noting that the prisoner has been subjected to slow death, where he was deprived of medical treatment.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine organized in the town of Abu Dis east Jerusalem on Sunday a rally in solidarity with the prisoner Samer al-Issawi, 181 days on hunger strike, attended by a crowd of people from the town of Abu Dis and neighboring towns, and representatives of the national forces and factions, institutions and associations and the Popular Committees in the Jerusalem governorate.

The participants stated that the prisoner strikers’ conditions need an urgent escalation in solidarity and supportive events, where the speakers called on “the Egyptian side to put pressure on the Israeli government to release all striking prisoners, who were re-arrested after their release in Wafa al-Ahrar deal and all prisoners in administrative detention.

The speakers also called on the Palestinian National Authority and the international institutions, to move to the Security Council and the UN General Assembly and the UN Council for Human Rights, and the European Union in order to save the lives of prisoners on hunger strike.

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.


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