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Samer needs urgent medical care. He's physically deteriorated. His life hangs by a thread. Boulos wants him hospitalized. He suffers severe chest pain and other symptoms. Bodily cuts need treatment.

A brief session was held. The judge acknowledged Samer's "difficult" condition. He "needs to be seen by a doctor," he said. He stopped short of ordering it. On December 27, another session is planned.

Boulos also said soldiers beat Samer again when he tried to talk to reporters. PPS head, Qaddoura Fares, said Israel often attacks and humiliates detainees and family members in court. Presiding military judges don't intervene.

Israel brutalizes Palestinians. Justice isn't just denied. It's trampled and stomped on ruthlessly.

Ayman Sharawneh refused food for over 170 days. Palestine's Ministry of Prisoner Affairs said he suffers from muscle spasms, memory loss, and severe kidney and abdominal pains.

He and Samer refused Israel's release offer. It's conditional on exile. Israeli prison services spokeswoman Siwan Weizman dismissively said they were "both fine."

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In October 2011, they were freed as part of the Israeli/Hamas prisoner exchange. Later they were rearrested. They're hunger striking for long-denied freedom and justice.

On November 22, Israel arrested Jafar Azzadine, Tarek Qa'adan and Yousef Yassin. They've been hunger striking for 22 days. They issued a joint statement, saying:

"Our open hunger strike is to protest the Intelligence and their policies. Our goal is not just to gain our individual freedom but to end the practice of administrative detention, the pointed sword on the neck of the Palestinians." 

"This is a battle in the fight for freedom and dignity despite all the continuing pain and torments that impair us, and despite all the pressure that we endure and is practiced against us by the Israeli Prison Service and Shabak to break our will from our steadfastness." 

"However, the cowardly enemy will never undermine our steadfastness and our determination to achieve justice and freedom for all our imprisoned and hunger striking brothers, and the oppressed and those who were tortured by the fiery tormentors for decades." 

"We call on the sons of our people to stand by us and to show responsibility for our fellow prisoners, especially Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna who are nearing death."

"We also call on all local and international institutions and those that are specifically for human rights to intensify their efforts and to raise our voices high in international forums to expose the barbaric occupation and its practices."

On December 19, Addameer provided additional information. Israel detained 41-year old Jafar seven times. He was last arrested on March 21. He was detained uncharged.

On May 14, he began hunger striking. On June 19, he was released. His ordeal took a horrific toll. He suffers from low blood pressure, dizziness, headaches, protein deficiency, and constant joint, knees, hands, and spinal cord pain.

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