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Samer Easawi: Hunger Striking for Justice

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Administrative detention should never substitute for customary criminal proceedings. It's only permitted to prevent future lawless acts.

It's unjustifiable without evidence. International law prohibits  transfering protected persons to the occupying power's territory.

Israel spurns rule of law principles. It does so with impunity. It gets away with gross human rights abuses. It freely commits murder. Palestinians bear the brunt of its lawlessness. Many hunger strike for justice in response.

Samer's been doing so for over 200 days. Ayman Sharawna intermittently stopped eating since August 1, 2012. In October 2011, he was released. In January 2012, he was rearrested.

Yousef Abdel Rahman Eshteiwi was mistreated the same way. Israel justified his rearrest and imprisonment. It did so based on secret evidence. His lawyer can't defend him. He's unaware of what it is. He can't contest.

Numerous other Palestinians are denied justice the same way. Israel wants them in gulag hell longterm.

On February 18, the International Middle East Media Center headlined "209 days on Hunger Strike; Letter from Palestinian Prisoner Samer al-Eesawi." It was written two days earlier. He's willing to die for justice. He said:

"There is no going back because I'm the owner of Right."

"I turn with admiration to the masses of our heroic Palestinian people, to our Palestinian leadership, to all forces, parties and national institutions. I salute them for standing by our fight to defend our right to freedom and dignity."

"I draw my strength from my people, from all the free people in the world, from friends and the families of the prisoners who continue day and night chanting for freedom and an end to the occupation."

"My health has deteriorated dramatically and I'm hung between life and death. My weak body is collapsing but still able to be patient and continue the confrontation." 

"My message is that I will continue until the end, until the last drop of water in my body, until martyrdom. Martyrdom is an honor for me in this battle." 

"My martyrdom is my remaining bomb in the confrontation with the tyrants and the jailers, in the face of the racist policy of the occupation that humiliates our people and exercises against us all means of oppression and repression."

"I say to my people: I'm stronger than the occupation army and its racist laws." 

"I, Samer al-Eesawi, son of Jerusalem, send you my last will that, in case I fell as a martyr, you will carry my soul as a cry for all the prisoners, man and women, cry for freedom, emancipation and salvation from the nightmare of prisons and their harsh darkness."

"My battle is not only for individual freedom. The battle waged by me and by my heroic colleagues, Tariq (Qa'adan), Ayman (Sharawneh) and Ja'affar (Ezzedine), is everyone's battle, the battle of the Palestinian people against the occupation and its prisons." 

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where a hunger strike in this type of situation ha... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 5:03:23 AM