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The International day to release Issawi yesterday was inspiring. Demonstrators were gathering and and calling for the freedom of a human keeping in prison with no charge or a fair trail. They are calling for Issaw’s freedom after his hunger … Continue reading

Samer’s Message for Today

This is a message from Samer Al-Issawi’s lawyer today “with special thanks to Malaka for her continued efforts on updating activists around the world on Samer’s situation and organizing the International campaign to release me” via Shireen Issawi

http://www.facebook.com/events/249263415205194/?fref=ts

A Letter from Samer Issawi who has been on hunger strike for over 164 days now submitted through one of the lawyer’s who visited him on Sunday, January 1st, 2012.The message in the letter contains how Samer has several pains and diseases as a result of his extensive and epic hunger strike. He suffers from severe pain all over his body especially in the areas of the abdomen, kidney, double vision, dizziness, and has a severed bone in the chest due to the brutal attack by Israeli prison offers while he was handcuffed in his wheelchair at his court hearing. This fracture shows in the X-rays that were conducted after he was hospitalized following his court hearing. He also suffers from severe and persistent pain because of the injury he sustained that day which causes sleep deprivation from the uncomfortable sleeping positions. Despite his battle against Israeli prison injustices Samer stands firm and is continuing his heroic hunger strike and sends his greetings to all who are fighting along side of him in this battle for freedom and justice for the Palestinian political prisoners. He does not only consider them being in solidarity but warriors and after achieving 90% of the demands and goals during his hunger strike he pleads with people who are supportive not to take to the streets in some areas due to a virus spreading currently there.

While suffering in complete isolation during his steadfast hunger strike under all odds he’s also concerned for the well being of others.Issawi confirms his continuous hunger strike and will not stop at all costs until he achieves his demands and reiterates that the only people authorized to make any public announcements regarding his status reference his hunger strike on his behalf are only the Prisoner Club, the Ministry of Prisoner Affairs and family representative his sister Shireen Issawi.

This is what I have so far I really don’t think it’s necessary to post all the other things about the israeli officer who was arrested in Egypt.

It’s now been over five months since Samer consumed a morsel of food. He is not but a human calling you to stand by him. Think of him as if he was your brother or son. He needs every bit of your support. His detention is unjust and illegal, just like the occupation is. His demands are legitimate and just. Thus, he will not withdraw from the battle for freedom, waiting for either victory and freedom – or martyrdom.
This is a message to those who have hearts, to those who belong to humanity, to the free world – save Issawi before it is too late!

Sign please to save Samer’s life http://www.facebook.com/events/515861198446495

How to Follow The International Demonstrations to Support Samer Issawi

Many ways you can follow to watch the world’s action to call for Issawi’s freedom

1- WATCH US LIVE TONIGHT
6:00 pm Eastern Time
1:00 am Palestine Time
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/occupy-it1

2- http://www.facebook.com/FreidaPeople?fref=ts (Live Stream)

3- In Washington http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/01/08/282413/dc-protesters-demonstrate-in-solidarity-with-palestinian-political-prisoners/

In London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAujobdc3No

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TROkCGnWe0o

4- In Al Jazeera

The World’s Message.. Some are Still on Hunger Strike Since Yesterday!

Don Bryant from USA said, “I joined the Mass Fast and about to call President Obama at 202.456.1111, my Ohio senators’ offices and my new congressional rep. to urge them to pressure the Israeli state to release political prisoners and cease the practice of arbitrary arrest and indefinite detention. I won’t be driving to D.C. today, afterall. Stay strong, Free Palestine!”

Sherri Munnerlyn said, I started a discussion on this discussion board about Samer Issawi. Anyone want to join the discussion, please do so. 593 posts, 6045 views of the post, so far, and 40 pages of posts.

 http://www.usmessageboard.com/israel-and-palestine/269754-save-samer-he-is-dying-samer-issawi-a-palestinian-hunger-striker.html

THE least you can do to support Palestinian hunger strikers is to Retweet and SIGN this petition https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/consider-case-samer-issawi-detained-israelis-under-no-official-charge-hunger-strike-over-155-days/B19w04tF?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl … #GlobalHungerStrike

Aalish Yashab said, “Today i also start hunger strike fr solidarity with prisonesr. Samer issawi i m with u as a hunger.  striker.  Ya we keep it going, we want feel the pain of prisoners.”

Sherri added minutes ago, “I guess most have ended their hunger strike, I have not yet. I remember once I was thinking about what comes next after one of the prisoners was released last year and realized it is not over at all because thousands remain unlawfully detained. And I had this vision of hunger strike after hunger strike, just different persons picking up the banner. You say you called a hunger strike 7 hours ago, what if another starts a hunger strike when you end yours and we keep it going, like a candle that has been lit and we never let the light be extinquished til all the prisoners are free?”

 

The International Campaign to Release Samer

As many are asking about updates on the international campaign, I will start this post to do so..

Today is the global day of hunger strike in solidarity with Samer Issawi and his comrades Yousef Yaseen, Tareq Qaadan and Jaafar Ezziddene who are protesting their administrative detention for no charge or trial. More than 4000 people around the world striking as this is the least we can do in respect and respect of those who sacrificed their years of prime for the sake of our freedom.
A Campaign to Raise Samer’s Awareness

This campaign has been started a month ago by communicating many websites..

https://malaka383.wordpress.com/

http://samidoun.ca/2013/01/story-of-samer-issawi/

http://electronicintifada.net/content/my-brother-dying-urgent-appeal-family-hunger-striker-samer-issawi/12011

http://mondoweiss.net/2012/12/issawi-palestinian-strikers.html

 

The Petition to The White House

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/consider-case-samer-issawi-detained-israelis-under-no-official-charge-hunger-strike-over-155-days/B19w04tF?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

 

A Video on how to sign

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=X75a_HbAPpE by (NAel Pal)

http://goo.gl/fwPYt    (A Note how exactly you should sign!) By NAel Pal

A Banner Campaign
– The Banner’s campaign to support the Palestinian hunger striker, Samer Issawi, who has been detaiend and held in Israel without charge. Do received a lot till now; one is from A.U.S police officer!
A Twitter Campaign
 
– Please tweet with the hash-tags #GlobalHungerStrike to raise the awareness and support for Samer Issawi who we fear may not be able to last much longer. Till now, there is a great support ve
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mass Hunger Strike

The Mass Hunger Strike I have called for

http://www.facebook.com/events/249263415205194/?fref=ts

New York City
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/309799149138323/
Monday, January 7, 2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Protest at Israeli Consulate, 800 2nd Avenue (at 42nd St) in New York City

Washington, DC
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/188059974673422/
Monday, January 7, 2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rally at Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

Philadelphia, PA
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/267693583358677/
Monday, January 7, 2013
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Call-in and write-in from 2-4pm at the Friends Center of the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street. Following this,  flyering in the Center City area.

London
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/393097630780455/
Monday, January 7, 2013
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Public Fast and Hunger Strike, by the steps of St Martin in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London

Paloma
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/426928227378281/
Monday, January 7, 2013
5:00 pm
Piazetta della Garzeria, Padova
Rally for Samer Issawi and Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike

Cairo
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/148496605299781/
Monday, January 7, 2013
6:00 pm
Gather outside the League of Arab States building, Cairo

A Solidarity Tent from 9:00 to 6:00 in Bristol
http://www.bristol.indymedia.org.uk/article/712361

2 protests in Jerusalem

http://www.facebook.com/events/469886206402891/

Gaza

http://www.facebook.com/events/315569265211995/

It is worth mentioning that I still receive messages of people who will be demonstrating so we hope it will be a day of release for Samer

Malaka Mohammed

The Organizer of the Campaign

 

Urgent, Sign Now “http://wh.gov/Umf5”

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Please (we need 25000 signature within a few days) to save Samer Issawi’s life

Go to the link above, sign it, then share and ask your friends to do it as soon as possible. If this succeeds, it will be one of the most important ways to spread awareness of Samers plight and increase chances of his release.

Go straight to the petition:

http://wh.gov/Umf5

Do not be put off by the procedures. You have to initially sign up with the White House before you can sign the petition but it literally takes a minute of your time.

Samer needs you all. If the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) succeeds in killing Samer, it would be only a result of people not acting in time to rescue him.  Please do not kill this soul by your ignorance of his issue. Don’t allow injustice to overcome. You can all help him. The least that can be done is simply signing the petition, contributing to the 25000 needed by Febuary 2nd. The White House must not be complicit in Samers death, they have the power to pressure Israel into releasing Samer Issawi.

 

WATCH: Samer being tortured in the Israeli Court in front of his parents:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmGjFn5RVF8

 

Samer Issawi, previously sentenced to 30 years by the Israeli Government in 2002, was released after 11 years in the Shalit prisoner swap deal. Just after 8 months, he was captured again under no solid ground. Samer is currently in a very critical condition due to an acute vitamin B-12 deficiency. Yet, to make his voice heard, he had to go under a hunger strike of more than 155 days till present, entering history as the longest serving detained hunger striker. Currently, he is suffering problems with his nerves and muscles – losing control of his limbs.

Furthermore, he is experiencing problems with his vision and is a continuous victim of extreme torture. Samer has dozens of bruises all over the body and vomits blood. On December 9th, he lost consciousness for 48 hours after being given ‘medicine’. This is clear breach on international laws and violates fundamental human rights.

WATCH: “A call from Samer’s family”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCqM847FWnQ

Only imagine that you are in a silent void filled with your own fears and pain, in a deafening silence. You wait for somebody to arrive, but nobody, not even your loved ones are allowed to visit you. The only human contact is with the guards who are the lords and masters of every minute in your day. It is grave for the living where fears unfold.

You have nightmares about your place in the world being taken away. And no reason is given for your detention, with no process outlined for your release. You are made to feel you have no rights – your values raped incessantly.

And consider going without food… not just for the evening, but for days, weeks and months. And what you can imagine does not even near the reality of what the prisoners are feeling.

But establishing a simple connection between you and the prisoners provides unquestionable power and resilience over their misery.

It’s now been over five months since Samer consumed a morsel of food. He is not but a human calling you to stand by him. Think of him as if he was your brother or son. He needs every bit of your support. His detention is unjust and illegal, just like the occupation is. His demands are legitimate and just. Thus, he will not withdraw from the battle for freedom, waiting for either victory and freedom – or martyrdom.

This is a message to those who have hearts, to those who belong to humanity, to the free world – save Issawi before it is too late!

“I will not withdraw from the battle for freedom”

Call for Action

Please Join us on Monday event http://www.facebook.com/events/249263415205194/ in solidarity with Samer

Shireen and Tarek Issawi hold Samer’s picture. Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler, for Alternativenews.org

Being on hunger strike; losing more than half of your weight; suffering uncountable kinds of diseases; living in a two-meters-square room; not knowing when you will be released: it could be 1 year or 10 years or less or even more, you just have to wait. This is not only Samer Issawi’s story but also that of many other administrative detainees and unjustly held Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Samer is a Palestinian from Jerusalem. He was detained only eight months after his previous 11-year arrest that ended with his freedom in the Oct 18th 2011 prisoner exchange deal. He is denied a fair trial in the Israeli military courts. Thus, he launched a hunger strike on Aug 1st, to protest his illegitimate detention and the medical neglect that he faces.

On Jan 1st, I contacted Samer’s family. I spoke directly with his mother, Um Ra’ afat, who said:

“For 157 days, my son is on hunger strike. The Israeli occupation court refused to release him on bail on Dec 14th. My son drinks water only, without any solvents or sugar. We call to intensify the efforts and to raise the voices high in international forums to expose the barbaric occupation and its practices.”

What is his medical situation?

“He has recently started suffering from severe pain especially in his muscles, abdomen and kidneys. He has an acute vitamin B-12 deficiency and his body has begun to eat his muscles and nerves. Also, his sight is weak, he is fainting around six times a day and his body is covered with bruises. Moreover, he is vomiting blood, his heart is weakening and he can barely breathe. He has begun to feel pains in his chest due to having been assaulted by Israeli police at his latest court hearing on December 13th. Until now, he has not had the necessary tests conducted on him after that attack against him and so far the hospital administration refused to test and X-rays his chest. His health continues to deteriorate and his body is eroding and he has lost sense of the extremities (the hands and feet) as well as in his lips and he has lost a great deal of hair,” said his mother, in evident distress.

She stopped for a while and I could hear her cry. “Isn’t there any force of freedom, to allow me to see my darling before his death? I want to kiss or even touch him before his inevitable death!” she said, bursting into tears. “Only once [Dec 13th] have I seen him, when he appeared in the Israeli Magistrate Court. He looked like skin and bones, and he can neither move nor walk.”
“Where is he now?” I asked with growing anxiety.

“He is now living in an isolated cell at Ramlah prison hospital; no one can see him, not even his loved ones. The only human contact he has is the guards. His legs are tied with shackles that look even bigger given to his tiny skeleton.” she answered with sorrow.

“Every moment, I received more sad news. The most difficult thing to hear was on December 9th when my son was given a medicine by the Israeli prison authorities and lost his consciousness as a result and did not wake up for 48 hours. Also, on Dec 13th, my son was attacked brutally three times inside the courtroom and in front of the judge where soldiers kick their feet on his chest. I was shocked and kept looking at my son’s face. I am a mother and can’t endure seeing my son dying in front of my eyes. I cannot see him losing more than everything of his health. I screamed at the judge’s face, ‘Your apartheid regime is unlawful and we do not recognize it. I want to see; speak; hear; touch; kiss; hug; and take my son home.’”

Solitary Confinement

It is very difficult to describe this kind of torture. In a recent article, I wrote:

“Only imagine that you are in a silent void filled with your own fears and pain, in a deafening silence. You wait for somebody to arrive, but nobody, not even your loved ones are allowed to visit you. The only human contact is with the guards who are the lords and masters over every minute of your day. It is a sort of a living grave where fears unfold. You have nightmares about not having a place to be in. And no reason is given for your detention, and no process is outlined for your release. And consider going without food, and not just for the evening, but for days and days. And what you can imagine does not get near to the reality of what the prisoners are feeling. But the link between the prisoners and you will give them power and strength over their misery, to overcome some of what they are facing now.”

An Assassination Attempt

Shireen Issawi, Samer’s sister, has been on hunger strike protesting his brother’s illegal detention for over a month, and she, as her mother told me, will not stop till her brother’s freedom. As I reported in the Electronic Intifada, she said:

“It is worth mentioning that there is no medical treatment for my brother’s condition as his health increasingly deteriorates and his condition becomes unbearable. My brother stopped drinking water around 20 days ago. On Sun Dec 9th, 3 pm, he was given medicine. Seconds after taking it, he lost his consciousness for two full days. The administration department in the ‘hospital’ stated: ‘This was given to Issawi by mistake.’ There is no doubt that they want to kill him,” said the evidently distressed Shireen.

In a letter from Samer – translated by Ahrar Center and published on Wednesday Dec 12th, Samer writes about his health and about the aforementioned incident:

“I take B12 injections because I have gradual damage in my nervous system and I have pains in my eyes, nerves, abdomen, hands, arthritis, and muscles and can’t stand. They told me that they will give me an injection weekly in order to help my nervous system. My pain in my kidney and hands is increasing. The pain in my head is like the electrical shock and I have continuous diarrhea due to the fluids they give me in hospital. I have blood in urine twice a week. They put me in an isolated room in the hospital with plastic doors so that they can’t hear me when I call them. I accepted to take fluids and vitamins because the intelligence promised me that my file 80% finished.

They gave me on Wednesday a medicine. I slept for two days, then they said it wasn’t for me! It was for a civilian prisoner! And they didn’t even talk to the one. Before two days I found myself on the ground! I think I slept deeply, but they came searching for a cell phone thinking that I have one, but I told them that I asked the police man once to call the lawyer, and because I found a phone card they think that I have a phone! But the card, I didn’t take it, I threw it to the bed of the sick civilian man.

After a week of taking fluids and vitamins I stopped everything, because they were liars. My isolation is very hard.”

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association has documented the medical neglect he and other prisoners are subject to:

“Like the other prisoners, Samer is not being treated as an ill patient by the Ramla prison clinic. On Saturday December 1st, 2012 during an examination with the prison clinic doctor, Samer tried to stand and lost consciousness. Instead of assisting him, the doctor left him lying on the floor and exited the room. We express our deep concern for the health of Samer and the other detainees who are on hunger strike protesting their unlawful custody.”

A Note

Samer Issawi is not the only hunger striker. Jafar Azzidine, Tarek Qa’adan, and Yousef Yassin have been striking for 37 days now, in protest of their administrative detention orders.

I met with Jafar Azzidine’s brother who lives in Gaza after his release in the last exchange – the same exchange of October 18 2011 in which Samer Issawi was released. He has been banned from entering Jenin, the city of his birth and his hometown.

“My brother had been on hunger strike for 54 days in March – May 2012, winning his freedom in June 2012 and had imposed his condition on the Israeli Prison Forces (IPS).” On Nov 22nd he was once again arrested and held under administrative detention. “Now, as his body can not endure another hunger strike; as he is once again an administrative detainee with neither charge nor trial, we call upon the world to end administrative detention, the sword pointed on the neck of the Palestinian detainees. I received a letter in Dec 19th from Jafar, Tarek, and Yousef who are striking to end their detentions. They emphasize that their open hunger strikes are to protest the Israeli intelligence and their policies and not just to gain individual freedom.

Jafar, 41 years old from Jenin, has been detained by the Occupation seven times, his most recent arrest being 21 March 2012. He participated in a hunger strike which ended on May, 14th, and was released on June 19th, after spending 4 months in administrative detention. As a result of his most recent hunger strike, he suffers from low blood pressure, continuous dizziness and headaches, protein deficiencies and pain in his joints, knees, hands and spinal cord.”

Samer’s Message

On Dec 30th, Samer forwarded a short message via his lawyer,

“My detention is unfair and my demands are nothing but just. Thus I will not withdraw from the battle for freedom. I am waiting for either victory and freedom – or martyrdom. I was able to achieve 90% of my objectives that were to deliver my voice to the Egyptians, to maintain the achievements of the deal by preventing the re-arrest of prisoners liberated in the exchange; I maintained the prestige of Egypt as a mediator in the deal and to preserve the blood of the martyrs in Gaza. So there only still remains 10% from my goals, which is very small: my freedom.”

At the end, I only want you to imagine yourself put alone in a small dirty dark cell for unlimited time and you cannot get your freedom but with a strike. What will you do? Think of Samer as if he was your brother or son. He needs every bit of your action.

My Latest @ http://samidoun.ca/2013/01/story-of-samer-issawi/