Issawi: They Don't Hear Me When I Ask for Help

Abby Zimet

Palestinian political prisoner Samer Issawi is reportedly near death, shackled to his bed, after six and a half months on a hunger strike in an Israeli prison - the longest hunger strike in history. He was imprisoned under Israel's criminally vague administrative detention for entering Jerusalem, an alleged violation of earlier release conditions. He was never tried. Despite international protests and a Free Samer Issawi Campaign, the mainstream media and even Amnesty International has remained almost silent - because, critics say, he is Palestinian, and thus largely invisible. In his last letter, he writes that he derives "my power and steadfastness from the people of Palestine." Today is a day of action for him and other Palestinian hunger strikers.

Update: Scores of Palestinians were injured in escalating protests in support of Issawi and other hunger strikers.


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