Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Issawi signs agreement with Israel, ends hunger strike


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Long term hunger striker Samer Issawi ended his protest action on Tuesday after signing an agreement with Israel which guarantees his release, his lawyer Jawad Bolous said.

The deal will see Issawi released to his hometown of Jerusalem after serving eight months in jail, after 266 days of refusing food in protest against his rearrest by Israeli forces.

The agreement was signed at Kaplan Medical Center in Israel where Issawi is currently being held, and both his uncle and brother were present at the signing, Bolous said.

Israeli officials reportedly agreed to the deal after Issawi said Monday that he would boycott any future court hearings and refuse to recognize the legitimacy of Israeli courts.

Hani Issawi, the prisoner's uncle, told Ma'an the agreement was written at Israel's Ofer military court.

Samer Issawi "feels he achieved a victory thanks to his adherence to principles he believed in," his uncle said.

Issawi's victory was partly due to his rejection of Israeli efforts to deport him and so he "achieved a basic Palestinian goal of resisting exile and adherence to the right of return," his uncle added. more

Issawi to end hunger strike, lawyer says


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Long term hunger striker Samer Issawi has agreed to end his hunger strike after finalizing a deal with Israel which will see him return to his home in Jerusalem, his lawyer Jawad Boulos said Tuesday.

Israeli authorities agreed to the wording of an agreement proposed by Issawi overnight Monday, which would see him serve 8 months in Israeli detention in return for ending his strike action, Boulos told Ma'an.

Issawi will then be released to his hometown of Issawiyeh in Jerusalem.

Israeli officials reportedly agreed to the deal after Issawi said Monday that he would boycott any future court hearings and refuse to recognize the legitimacy of Israeli courts.

Authorities in Israel were also worried about Issawi's deteriorating health, Boulos said.

Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for over 265 days, started to take liquids overnight Monday upon recommendations form doctors. more