Hunger Striking for Liberation, Justice and Dignity
by Stephen Lendman
Israel imprisoned him lawlessly.
Samer Issawi's a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine activist. In April 2004, he was wrongfully arrested. He committed no crime.
He was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment. In October 2011, he was released. He and over 1,000 other Palestinian political prisoners were freed. Israel did so in exchange for Gilad Shalit.
Harassment followed. Israel gave him no peace. He was arbitrarily detained numerous times. His sister Shireen said it was three or more times monthly. Each time he was harshly interrogated. He knew perhaps what was coming.
Months later he was rearrested. Israeli deals aren't worth the paper they're written on. Terms are violated with impunity. Samer's hunger striking in protest. He hasn't eaten for over 250 days.
FreeSamerIssawi.org provides background information. It offers action alerts and more. It quotes him saying:
"Your solidarity gives me the power to continue my hunger strike until I achieve my demand of freedom."
"It strengthens my steadfastness because it makes me realize that I'm not alone in the battle for freedom and dignity."
Youth Against Settlements posted his Hunger Speech. It's reproduced in full below.
He was the first Jerusalem ID card holder rearrested after his October 2011 release. Seven or more others were also.
They're subject to Military Order 1651, Article 186, persecution. It authorizes a special military committee to arbitrarily order their full sentences completed. It can do so based on secret evidence or none at all.
Israel operates extrajudicially. International laws are spurned. Palestinians have no rights. They're collectively punished. They're arbitrarily arrested, imprisoned and tortured.
Thousands languish in Israel's gulag. It's one of the world's worst. Western journalists ignore it. Lawless imprisonment, torture and other forms of abuse are suppressed. It's commonplace scoundrel media practice.