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Palestine: Issawi facing heart slowdown, 71 prisoners killed under torture in custody, land bulldozed & trees uprooted

issawiIssawi Facing Heart Slowdown Possible Brain Damage: Empty Stomachs Battle


Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for more than 250 days may die anytime, reported his doctors.
After examining Issawi on Sunday, the doctors reported that his heart rate has slowed to 30 beats per minute, much lower than average, and he faces the distinct possibility of suffering permanent brain damage.

His sister, Shireen Issawi, who is also his lawyer, reported last month that the “Israeli” government tried to negotiate a deal in which her brother would be sent into exile in the Gaza Strip, but he refused the deal.

In a statement, she said, “Same will not accept to be sent into exile especially while “Israeli” is escalating its violations that target the very existence of the Palestinians in their homes and lands.”

“This is the determination that Samer carries, from the first day of his strike”, she said, “It is either freedom and liberation, or martyrdom”. Issawi’s hunger strike is the longest among the Palestinian prisoners, and among the longest ever engaged in worldwide.

He has repeatedly stated that he is willing to die for the cause of equal rights for the Palestinian people, and according to his doctors, he will likely die soon.

5 Palestinian Prisoners remain on hunger strike, the longest of which is Samer Issawi who has been on strike since August 1 2012.

Issawi decides to boycott Israeli military courts

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The hunger striker Samer Issawi, 260 days on hunger strike, declared that he will boycott the Israeli military courts and he will refuse to appear before them, Palestinian human rights sources revealed.

Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs said that Ofer military court set the 9th of May to hold Samer’s next hearing, but the hunger striker declared his refusal to appear before this court for being “illegal and illegitimate”.

My appearance before this court means a recognition to its legitimacy and laws and this is absolutely unacceptable, the ministry quoted Samer as saying.

He pointed to the Israeli pressures to force him to accept his deportation to Gaza or outside the Palestinian territories following his release, stressing his determination to continue the strike until his release to his hometown of Jerusalem.

The ministry warned against the serious health status of the hunger striker, noting that he is at risk of sudden death at any moment.


71 Palestinian prisoners killed under torture in custody

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A Palestinian human rights association accused Israeli military courts of being responsible for the death of more than 70 Palestinian prisoners in occupation jails after being subjected to severe torture during investigation.

Addameer for Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association said in a statement on Tuesday, “The Israeli military courts’ decisions are responsible for the death of 71 Palestinian prisoners during investigation where they were subjected to harsh torture”.

The association clarified that these decisions have provided a legal cover to the Israeli General Intelligence’s inhuman practices against the prisoners in total violation of the international laws and the Fourth Geneva Convention that states in Article 32 that “the High Contracting Parties specifically agree that each of them is prohibited from taking any measure of such a character as to cause the physical suffering or extermination of protected persons in their hands.”


Jewish settler driving a motorcycle hit Palestinian young woman in al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– A Palestinian young woman was injured on Tuesday after being hit by a settler’s motorbike, at the entrance to Beit Ummar village north of al-Khalil, medics said.

Mohammed Awad, Media spokesman for the Popular Committees against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Ummar, said that a settler riding a motorcycle hit Alaa Diab Alami, 22, and fled towards Karmi Tzur settlement, set up on Palestinian lands in Beit Ummar and Halhoul.

The Palestinian young woman suffered bruises and serious leg injuries.

The Palestinian Red Crescent’s ambulance transferred the victim to the hospital, where her condition was described as moderate.


“Israelis” Cut Back Fishing Space in Gaza’s Sea


“Israeli” authorities violated the fishing space agreed upon in the Cairo-brokered treaty after Operation Pillar of Cloud aggression on the Gaza Strip.

The excuse, as usual, was the claim that missiles are being launched towards the settlements near the Strip, which made thousands of Palestinian fishermen lose hope of making use of the sardine season in April.

The President of the Fishermen Union Nizar Ayyash told al-Ahed News website about the Zionist decision to cut back the fishing space from 6 miles to 3, describing this as an attempt to harm the most important fishing season in Gaza.

Moreover, Ayyash pointed out that the cut back policy that “Israel” adopts on around 4000 fishermen goes way beyond merely negative impacts, reaching around 50 thousand people.

Ayyash further stressed that this poor category of people should be allowed to provide for their livelihood in a space no lesser than 20 miles, according to the Oslo Accord between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Zionist entity.
Field data showed that since the said accord was signed, fishermen were not allowed to fish beyond 10 miles, because of the “Israel’s” mentality.

Abu Khaled, a fisherman in his thirties, questioned, “How are we supposed to cope after today?”

“I couldn’t catch more than a kilo of fish, although I sailed for three hours in the new fishing space,” emphasizing, “The current season requires protection from “Israeli” warships that do not waver to target Palestinian boats by firing on them and confiscating them.”

Abu Mohammad, however, was none the better. He also worries on how to provide for his family, calling on the international community to save the lives of the besieged strip.

B’Tselem, the “Israeli” Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories accentuated that, ever since the Pillar of Cloud military operation in November 2012, around 40 fishermen were arrested by “Israeli” navy and 13 Palestinian boats confiscated.

According to the Center, fishermen are required to pay 500 shekels (150 USD) to move their boats from Ashdod port to Gaza.


IOF raids southern Gaza to bulldoze land

KHAN YOUNIS, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) escorted huge bulldozers into areas to the east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday morning.

Local sources told the PIC reporter that IOF soldiers in eight armored vehicles, mostly bulldozers, advanced from Abu Reida gate into an area only 150 meters east of Khuza’a town.

They said that the soldiers bulldozed land in the vicinity of the town, noting that reconnaissance planes were flying over the area.


IOF soldiers chop down 350 trees south of Al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) chopped down around 350 almond and olive trees near Daheriya town, south of Al-Khalil, on Tuesday morning.

Director of public relations in Daheriya municipality Mohammed Raba said that the soldiers chopped down 100 olive trees and 250 almond trees in Midemana area in Daheriya.

He said that the soldiers after destroying the trees, owned by two brothers in the village, sprayed poisonous chemicals on them. He said that the two brothers were not notified beforehand of the act.


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