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Palestine: “Israel” pressures Issawi, man wounded in shooting & citizens attacked

“Israel” Pressures Issawi, Erekat: “Israel” Responsible for His Fate


Intensive efforts are being made by “Israel” to convince hunger-striking prisoner Samer Issawi to end his protest action, a lawyer said Tuesday.

“Israeli” negotiators have been visiting Issawi at Kaplan Medical Center since Friday and pressuring him to accept proposals to end his hunger strike, Palestinian Prisoner Society lawyer Jawad Boulos revealed after visiting Issawi on Tuesday.

“Doctors said that the prisoner’s heart is very weak,” Boulous added.

Issawi has been on hunger strike for over 265 days and has so far refused all offers by “Israel” to be exiled, insisting on being released to his home in al-Quds.

“”Israel” tried to make him agree to be deported to a number of countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Finland and Switzerland,” Boulous added.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Liberation Organization negotiator Saeb Erekat warned that any harm to Samer Issawi will lead to an eruption of violence that will hinder political progress.

In a letter to EU chief Catherine Ashton, Erekat wrote that Issawi’s life “hangs in the balance” after nearly nine months on hunger strike in “Israeli” detention.

“The fate of Issawi is being followed very closely by millions of Palestinians, Arabs and supporters of justice worldwide. The situation is potentially explosive and any harm that comes to him will undoubtedly lead to a serious eruption in violence that will make any sort of political progress unlikely,” Erekat warned.

Erekat said the PLO holds “Israel” “fully accountable” for Issawi’s critical condition, but that should Issawi die, the PLO would also hold the international community partly responsible for tolerating “Israel’s” actions.

“Since “Israel’s” annexation of East al-Quds is illegal and not recognized by the international community, including the European Union, the term in question effectively denied him the right to move a few kilometers from one part of his country to another part of it. Such is the absurdity and injustice of “Israel’s” obsession with controlling Palestinian lives,” Erekat wrote.

The EU has committed to upgrade its relations to “Israel” if certain conditions are met.


Palestinian man wounded in IOF shooting in central Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian man was wounded on Tuesday evening when Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened machinegun fire at Palestinian fields and houses in the central Gaza Strip.

Quds Press said that IOF soldiers in military watchtowers opened machinegun fire at houses in Breij refugee camp and at famers in nearby fields wounding the man.

Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra, the health ministry’s spokesman, said that the 34-year-old man was hit with a bullet in his chest, describing his condition as stable.

The incident is the latest in a series of IOF violations of the calm agreement signed with Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza under Egyptian patronage in November last year.


Settlers attack three Palestinian youths near Nablus

NABLUS, JENIN, (PIC)– Three Palestinian youths were injured on Monday night after being attacked by Jewish settlers near the village of Burqa, north of Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, the settlement file official in the northern West Bank, said that a number of settlers attacked and hit the three young men a few hundred meters from the village of Burqa.

Ala’a Daoud, 25, and Sami Abu Safiya, 22, have been moderately injured, and were transferred to Rafidia hospital in Nablus to receive treatment. Sami Abu Tawfiq, 22, sustained fractures and bruises in the head and chest.

Meanwhile; Jewish settlers from Yitzhar settlement, guarded by security forces from the settlement, demolished on Monday evening a well owned by a number of Palestinian citizens in the village of Madama, south of Nablus.

According to villagers, the well is one of the springs that supply the town’s residents with drinking water and irrigation water.

Dozens of Israelis also stormed on Tuesday morning the evacuated settlement of Homesh, south of Jenin, and performed Talmudic rituals there.

Local sources said that a bus carrying the settlers broke into the area under the protection of the occupation patrols which closed the area.

Israeli forces were deployed on the Jenin – Nablus Main Street, while the settlers threw stones at passing vehicles near the town of Silat al-Dahr and the Burqa village.


IOF soldiers attack Palestinian citizens in Ramallah and Jerusalem villages

RAMALAH, (PIC)– Confrontation were reported in two villages in Ramallah and Jerusalem on Tuesday after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired teargas canisters and stun grenades at civilians.

Local sources said that IOF soldiers fired teargas at university students in Abu Dis, east of occupied Jerusalem, for celebrating the 25th anniversary of the martyrdom of Khalil Al-Wazir, a Fatah leader.

They said that 12 students were hurt in the attack on the Quds University students in front of their university.

Local sources in Ramallah said that IOF soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades at citizens in Badurs village and a number of villagers were treated for breathing problems.

They said that the soldiers quelled a march that was organized to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the martyrdom of one of the young men in the village at the hands of those soldiers.

The sources noted that the village has been witnessing semi-daily clashes with the soldiers ever since the child, Samir Awad, was killed at the hands of IOF soldiers in mid January while on his way back home from school.


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