Monday, 4 February 2013

MK Tibi says Issawi risks death in Israeli jail


JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi is at risk of death after refusing food for 187 days, Palestinian Knesset member Ahmad Tibi said Monday.

Tibi, who visited Issawi in Ramle prison clinic, said the prisoner's health condition is critical. In a statement, the MK described Issawi as pale and skeletal, weighing only 48 kg.

From a wheelchair, Issawi told Tibi he was determined to continue his strike.

"The only choices I have are to triumph or die a martyr. I feel I am closer to martyrdom, and the battle I am fighting isn't a personal one as I am seeking to protect national accomplishments achieved within the Shalit deal," he said.

Issawi was released in the Oct. 2011 prisoner swap agreement between Israel and Hamas, which secured the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from Gaza.

He was rearrested on July 7 and accused of violating the terms of his release by leaving Jerusalem. Israeli prosecutors are seeking to cancel his amnesty and detain him for 20 years, the remainder of his previous sentence. more

Israeli forces detain Hamas MPs, officials across West Bank


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces conducted an arrest sweep of Hamas-affiliated officials in the West Bank overnight Sunday, including two Palestinian MPs.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said 25 Palestinians were held overnight, but would not elaborate on the identity of the detainees.

Locals identified the legislators detained as Hatim Qafisha from Hebron city and Ahmad Attoun, a lawmaker from Jerusalem who was exiled by Israel to Al-Bireh in the West Bank.

Thirteen other Hamas officials were seized in the raids, according to local sources.

In Hebron, forces detained Dr Zein Addin Shabanah from Hebron city, Muhammad Ismail al-Tal from ad-Dhahiriyya, and Sheikh Samir Buheis from Yatta.

In Ramallah, Israeli troops arrested Sheikh Falah Nada from Al-Bireh and Adnan al-Husary was seized in Tulkarem. In Qalqiliya, Riyad Walweel and Sheikh Muhsin al-Hardan were detained. more