Samer Issawi is one of thousands of Palestinian prisoners who have gone on hunger strikes in the past year to denounce the Israel’s policy of administrative detention and poor life conditions in prisons. The 33-year old has been refusing food since July 2012, making it one of the longest hunger strikes in the world. Issawi stopped drinking water and taking vitamins earlier this month, and is refusing medical care. His weight dropped to less than 47 kilograms and he is confined to a wheelchair, suffering from loss of vision, fainting and vomiting blood.
Below is a letter sent by Samer Issawi on the 16th of February, 2013 through the Ministry of Prisoners:
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 honour 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-Issawi, 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, Ayman and Ja’affar, is everyone’s battle, the battle of the Palestinian people against the occupation and its prisons. Our goal is to be free and sovereign in our liberated state and in our blessed Jerusalem.
The weak and strained beats of my heart derive their steadfastness from you, the great people. My eyes, which started to lose their sight, draws light from your solidarity and your support of me. My weak voice takes its strength from your voice that is louder than the warden’s voice and higher than the walls.
I’m one of your sons, among thousands of your sons who are prisoners, still languishing steadfasting in the prisons, waiting for an end to be brought to their plight, their pains and the suffering of their families.
The doctors told me I became exposed to stroke because of the disorder of my heartbeats, the shortage of sugar and the drop in blood pressure. My body is full of cold and I can’t sleep because of the continued pain. But despite the extreme fatigue and chronic headaches, as I move on my chair, I’m trying to summon all my resources to continue on the road till its end. There is no going back, only in my victory, because I’m the owner of Right and my detention is invalid and illegal.
Do not be afraid for my heart if it will stop, don’t be afraid for my hands if they will be paralyzed. I am still alive now and tomorrow and after death, because Jerusalem is moving in my blood, in my devotion and my faith.
It was reported earlier today that 40 Palestinians were injured during clashes that took place when the Israeli army attacked Palestinians holding a protest in solidarity with hunger striking detainees, in the village of Biddo, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.
The clashes took place in an area close to the Hadashta illegal Israeli settlement, built on privately-owned Palestinian lands. The residents were marching in support of all hunger striking detainees held by Israel, especially detainee Samer Al-Issawi, who started his strike 210 days ago, and is in facing very serious health complications.
The Israeli army attacked the protesters by firing gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at them leading to 40 injuries.
Earlier today at dawn, the army broke into the home of Sameer Al-Issawi in Al-Eesawiyya town in occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested his brother, Shadi. Their brother, Midhat, is also a political prisoner held by Israel. The soldiers also arrested another resident identified as Mahmoud Fayez Mahmoud.
Everyday the criminal entity of Israel attains new height in its atrocities against Palestinians
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