Issawi’s Heart to Stop Any Moment
Samer Issawi’s heart could stop at any moment, as the prisoner’s health continues to deteriorate after 236 days on hunger strike in “Israeli” jails.
“Israeli” doctors told Palestinian Prisoners Society lawyer Fawaz al-Shalawdi that Issawi’s heartbeat had decreased to 28 beats per minute and his blood glucose has fallen to 65 milligrams per deciliter.
Doctors say his heart could stop at any moment.
Issawi suffers from breathing problems, constant dizziness and severe pain in his abdomen and kidneys, al-Shalawdi said.
“Despite my critical health situation, and all that I suffer from, I promise everyone that my health situation will not affect my decisions,” Issawi said in a letter.
He further stressed: “I will continue my open hunger strike, and will not retract my steps. My life is not more precious than the blood of Palestinian martyrs.”
Issawi was hospitalized in late February and stopped drinking water earlier in March. He was too sick to attend a hearing at “Israel’s” Ofer military detention center last week.
On Feb. 21, a magistrates court in al-Quds sentenced Issawi to eight months in prison, but he has yet to face a military committee which could imprison him for 20 years.
The director of the Palestinian prisoners’ club, Qadura Fares, said the court’s decision was “a judicial farce that only happens in “Israel”,” labeling the Zionist entity’s government a “mafia”.
In March, Issawi said his death would be a victory for refusing to surrender to “Israel’s” occupation.
“Do not worry if my heart stops. I am still alive now and even after death, because al-Quds runs through my veins. If I die, it is a victory; if we are liberated, it is a victory, because either way I have refused to surrender to the Israeli occupation, its tyranny and arrogance,” he wrote in The Guardian.
Issawi was freed in the Oct. 2011 prisoner swap deal between Hamas and “Israel”, but the latter rearrested him on July 7, accusing him of violating the terms of his release.
“Israeli” prosecutors are seeking to cancel his amnesty and reinstate his former sentence.
IOA blocks travel of Issawi’s mother
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) blocked the travel of detained hunger striker Samer Al-Issawi’s mother for the second time.
The detainee’s sister Shireen said that her mother was on her way to Tunisia to take part in a conference for supporting prisoners.
She said that the IOA fears that her mother would convey the issue of her son Samer to the world.
Shireen, a lawyer, said that the IOA also fears that her mother would expose the brutality of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people especially the prisoners.
Israeli calls for Passover Sacrifices at al-Aqsa
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage warned against escalating the Israeli Judaization activities at al-Aqsa mosque and al-Buraq wall particularly on the occasion of Passover Holiday.
Al-Aqsa Foundation said in its statement that Israeli groups called for a “sacrifice at the Temple Mount” as they called, in light of the launching training programs on Thursday to perform the virtual ceremony to celebrate the so-called Passover Holiday.
In related context, the Israeli authorities have set a number of measures to launch violations campaign in al-Buraq area, where it is expected that a series of violations will be carried out at al-Buraq in the coming hours and it will be escalated in the coming days as a prelude to the ceremony of the priestly blessing on Thursday.
Al-Aqsa Foundation pointed out that 40 Israeli settlers have stormed Monday afternoon al-Aqsa mosque.
The Foundation has warned in a previous statement that al-Aqsa mosque may face collective raids on the occasion of Passover Holiday, calling on the Palestinian worshipers to intensify their presence at al-Aqsa mosque.
The Foundation called on the Arab and Islamic nations to bear their responsibilities towards al-Aqsa mosque and stand against the Israeli violations.
Feiglin invites Jews to defile Aqsa Mosque Wednesday
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said that deputy speaker of the Knesset Moshe Feiglin called on the Jews to defile the Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday to celebrate their Passover festival.
In a press release, the Aqsa foundation held the Israeli occupation regime fully responsible for the implications of such Jewish violations against the sanctity of the Islamic Aqsa Mosque.
It emphasized that the Aqsa Mosque is a purely Islamic holy site and any Jewish presence inside any part of it is illegal and sacrilegious.
The foundation called on the Palestinians in Jerusalem and the occupied territories to intensify their presence in the Aqsa Mosque to guard it from the Jewish break-ins and appealed to the 24th Arab summit to be held today to take action to protect the Mosque.
For its part, the assembly of the Palestinian trade unions demanded the Arab summit conferees to put the issue of Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque at the top of their agendas and to urgently act to confront the Jewish desecration campaigns against the holy Mosque.
In a press release on Sunday, the assembly urged the summit to activate the resolutions issued during previous summits regarding the Arab support for Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque.
It also called for highlighting the issue of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and taking political moves to support their rights.
IOA steals 82% of the Palestinian water under the Oslo accords
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A Palestinian expert on water and environment issues stressed that technical and political problems in Oslo accords signed between the PLO and the occupation authorities “left the main water sources in Israeli hands, limiting the Palestinian role as providing services.”
“The problem was the postponement of solving the water issue in Palestine to the final negotiations,” director general of Palestinian Hydrology Group, Abdul Rahman Tamimi, said during a seminar in Ramallah, adding that “the agricultural water issue has not been addressed in the accords.”
He pointed out that the Israeli occupation steals 82 per cent of Palestinian water.
Tamimi strongly criticized the Palestinian negotiator’s failure in defending the Palestinian water rights in the Oslo accords, especially as it did not include the Palestinian right in the Jordan River water at the time it included the Israeli right to veto any future talks on the water issue and to confiscate all Palestinian wells.
The future of the conflict in Palestine and the Middle East will be over water resources, in light of the Israeli control over the Palestinian natural, economic and human resources, Tamimi explained.
Settlers attack vendors in Al-Khalil market
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian vendors near Bab Al-Zawiya in Al-Khalil city afternoon Monday and damaged their merchandise before fleeing the scene.
Groups of Palestinian youths threw stones and empty bottles at the fleeing settlers, who fled to Shuhada street in downtown Al-Khalil under Israeli military protection.
Locals said that Israeli occupation forces shielded the settlers and fired teargas and rubber bullets at the young men then chased them through the alleys.
They said that the IOF closed off the area. No casualties or arrests were reported in the incident.
“Israel” expands Beit Haggai settlement south of Al-Khalil
AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) continued its construction activities in Beit Haggai settlement built illegally on Palestinian lands south of Al-Khalil city.
Eyewitnesses told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that the IOA resumed the expansion of the southern area and the western entrance of the settlement.
According to them, the IOA annexed more Palestinian lands to build new housing units to the south of the settlement.
The western entrance of the settlement is also being expanded beyond its current borders, which means that more Palestinian lands have already been seized, the eyewitnesses added.
The IOA had sanctioned lately the construction of thousands of settlement housing units in the West Bank.
One day before US President Barack Obama’s visit to the occupied territories, Israel’s new housing and construction minister Uri Ariel also stated that his government would continue expanding settlements in the Palestinian lands.