#ReleaseIssawi | Zamalek fans support hunger strikers

[ PIC 18/02/2013 – 04:47 PM ]

CAIRO, (PIC)– Zamalek soccer fans in Egypt raised a long banner in support of Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi during the CAF Champions League match.

The fans raised a large banner reading “Samer Issawi’s empty stomach is a symbol for our dignity”, referring to Samer’s hunger strike in Israeli jails demanding his release and protesting against his illegal detention.

Issawi continues his hunger strike for more than 200 days, along with his colleagues Ayman Sharawna, Jafar Azzedine, and Tariq Ka’adan.

Meanwhile, Issawi family still faces with great steadfastness and patience the Israeli brutal practices against the family members, especially the elderly mother who sacrificed her son, in addition to her 4 other sons detained in Israeli jails.

Issawi family has faced at down on Sunday an Israeli military force who raided and searched the family’s house accompanied with sniffer dogs.

Dozens of Israeli soldiers have brutally stormed and searched Issawi’s house, where they arrested Shadi Issawi, 28, in addition to breaking into the neighboring house where they arrested the citizen Mahmoud Fayez Mahmoud, 35, Tarek Issawi, Samer’s father confirmed.

The soldiers have also demolished the protest tent in al-Arbain mosque square for the 27th consecutive times.

Solidarity sit-ins and demonstrations have been organized in solidarity with Issawi family and her son Samer Issawi, on hunger strike for more than 7 months. The family has also received telephone call from Hamas leaders Khaled Meshaal and Ismail Haniyeh, where they expressed solidarity with them.

Issawiya village has also been subjected to an Israeli brutal raids and arrest campaigns as collective punishment to the villagers who have continuously organized sit-ins in solidarity with the hunger striker Samer Issawi, where 170 young men were arrested in the village in addition to the dozens of suffocation cases by Israeli tear gas bombs.

Local sources in Issawiya village expressed fears that this Israeli continued campaign against the village aims to isolate it from Jerusalem, where an extremist Jewish association have previously called for isolating the village by closing its main entrance and preventing its residents to pass through the Israeli settlement.

The Israeli bulldozers also have uprooted trees and swept lands next to Samer’s house, in addition to the demolition of the house of Samer’s brother in the beginning of the year.

Samer’s mother and sister Shirin were also subjected to a violent attack by the Israeli guards about two months ago during Samer’s trial, where Shirin was arrested 48 hours.

Samer Issawi’s family has become a symbol of steadfastness, patience and resistance.

Read a letter of Samer Issawi – On Day 209 of hunger strike

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