Samer al-Issawi Former Palestinian Hunger Striking Prisoner Arrested During Home Raid

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PNN/Jerusalem  The Israeli Occupation Forces arrested the former prisoner Samer al-Issawi, a few hours ago in the city of Jerusalem, after storming his house in the town of Issawiya.

Samer al-Issawi spent 10 years in Israeli jails and became well-known after he spent 9 months on hunger strike last year.

Samer was released along with 1027 Palestinian prisoners as a result of an Egypt-brokered deal between Hamas and the Israeli government for the return of Gilad Shalit. However, on 7 July 2012, he was re-arrested for violating the terms of his release by leaving Jerusalem and entering the West Bank.

He was convicted for 8 months, which according to the terms of his release could include a reinstatement of the rest of his original 26 year sentence. Issawi started a hunger strike as a protest in August, 2012.

On April 22, 2013, it was announced that Samer was ending his hunger strike. A deal had been reached where Samer would serve 8 months for violating the terms of his bail, and then be released to Jerusalem. He was arrested today from his home.

His sister Shireen was arrested with their brothers Medhat and Shadi on March 6, 2014. The Issawis were not charged, but the occupationrefused to release any details regarding their arrest.

Her detention has been extended by an Israeli Court three times. In January 2013 another brother Ahmad Issawi’s home was bulldozed.

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