Lawyer: “Issawi Conditionally Agrees to End His Hunger Strike”
Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, reported that hunger striking Palestinian detainee, Samer al-Issawy, expressed a conditional acceptance of an “Israeli” officer to end his strike in exchange for his release on October 10 this year.
Qaraqe’ said “Israeli” security officers agreed to release al-Issawy after spending additional six months starting on May 7 until October 10 in exchange for stopping his hunger strike that started on August 1 of 2012.
Lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), Naseem Abu Gush, visited al-Issawy on Sunday at the Capalan “Israeli” hospital, and said that al-Issawy insists that the deal should be written, and signed, in front of the lawyer, especially since he does not trust the “Israeli” intelligence and security officers.
Abu Gush added that al-Issawy said that he would stop taking vitamins should “Israel” refrain from presenting a legally binding agreement that should be signed in front of lawyers, and Red Cross representatives.
The lawyer further stated that this offer is one of many offers that were presented to, and rejected, by al-Issawy due to the lack of binding legally agreements.
Al-Issawy started his strike after “Israeli” soldiers kidnapped him in direct violation of the Prisoner Swap deal that secured his release, in October of 2011, along with more than a 1000 detainees in return for the release of “Israeli” soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was captured by the resistance in Gaza in June of 2006.
“Israel” Assaults “Issawi’s” Family
The sister and mother of long term hunger striker Samer Issawi said Monday that “Israeli” police assaulted them as they attempted to visit Issawi at an “Israeli” hospital.
Shireen Issawi, the sister of Samer, revealed that the “Israeli” police assaulted them as they tried to enter Kaplan hospital to attend a court hearing for Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for over 270 days.
Shireen Issawi, a lawyer, stated that there have not been any official offers from “Israel” to free Issawi, and all proposals so far have been an attempt to force Samer to end his hunger strike.
For his part, Nasser Qous, head of a detainee’s center in al-Quds mentioned that Issawi’s court hearing is complicated as it is taking place at Kaplan hospital, which is a violation of his rights.
On Sunday, Palestinian Authority minister for prisoners Issa Qaraqe said that Issawi had accepted an offer by “Israel” to end his strike action, on the condition that a written agreement was signed in the presence of lawyers and ICRC representatives.
Earlier, “Israel’s” Ofer military court said it would hold an “urgent” hearing for Samer Issawi on Monday after he decided to stop taking vitamin supplements to protest dissatisfaction with ongoing negotiations with Israel about his release.
“Israeli” negotiators have been visiting Issawi at Kaplan Medical Center and pressuring him to accept proposals to end his hunger strike, Palestinian Prisoner Society lawyer Jawad Boulos said last week.
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.
IOF kidnap 10 Palestinians, including child, from their homes
WEST BANK, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped 10 Palestinian citizens, including a child, during violent raids in different West Bank areas.
A security official reported that the IOF kidnapped a 14-year old child named Karam Shehadeh after a violent raid at dawn on his home.
He added that Israeli troops aboard military vehicles patrolled at dawn today Ras Jura neighborhood in Al-Khalil city and stormed Al-Samu town to the south.
Later, they established a checkpoint at the entrance to Beit Kahel town north of Al-Khalil and another one in Ras Jura neighborhood, and embarked on checking the IDs of citizens.
In Bethlehem, the IOF kidnapped five young men and brutally beat another one during raids on homes in different areas of the city.
During a raid in Azza refugee camp in Bethelehm, the IOF handed three young brothers summonses for interrogation from the Israeli intelligence in Etzion settlement.
In Jenin refugee camp, three sons of prisoner Sheikh Jamal Abul-Heija were kidnapped from their home.
A Palestinian teacher named Khaled Al-Haj was also reportedly taken prisoner after a raid on his house in Jenin city.
In another incident, the IOF stormed Jalqamus village to the east of Jenin and established a checkpoint at the entrance to Yamoun town before starting to search vehicles and interrogate the passersby.
Twelve-year-old arrested and blindfolded in Hebron
by Team Khalil, International Solidarity Movement, Hebron, Occupied Palestine
Ahmed Ibn Bilal Abu Rumeileh, a 12-year-old boy from Hebron, was today arrested in the Old City and detained for over an hour before being released. Ahmed was riding his bike through Bab Al-Baladia when six Israeli soldiers stopped him and arrested him, seemingly completely at random. Ahmed was blindfolded and taken to Beit Romano army base on Shuhada Street, where he was detained for around 45 minutes.
He was then driven in a military jeep to checkpoint 56 where he was eventually released into the custody of the Palestinian police, who registered Ahmed’s details and completed some paperwork before taking him home to his family. Upon questioning by international activists, Israeli soldiers claimed that Ahmed had been arrested due to throwing stones at the Israeli military in the morning, however Ahmed denies this. The Israeli occupation forces regularly accuse children and young men of stone-throwing and use this as an excuse for arrests, which often happen at random.
Ahmed’s arrest comes as part of a series of increasing arrests and detentions of minors in the Old City of Hebron in recent months. “Occupied Childhoods”, a report on child-arrests compiled by the Hebron Christian Peacemaker Team is available here.
In March 2013, UNICEF released a damning report in which it harshly critized the “ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system [which] appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized”. You can read this here.