Samer Issawi, Palestinian activist, released from Israeli prison
"I would prefer to die on my hospital bed to being deported from Jerusalem. Jerusalem is my soul and my life." Samer Issawi [electronicintifada]
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Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi was released on Monday from the Israeli Prison Service. He is known for his eight-month-long hunger strike and the public campaign against his the Israeli administrative hold.
Issawi was arrested for violating the terms of his release from a previous detainment. He was one of the 1,027 prisoners released from Israeli prison in the deal for the freedom of Gilad Shalit.
Upon his return to prison, he committed to a hunger strike. During this time he received only liquids fortified with vitamins, which kept him alive. He lost more than half his body weight due to the strike.
Issawi was reunited with his family outside the Shita Prison on Monday. He was also welcomed by friends and representatives of the Palestinian Prisoner Club, a non-governmental organization which aids Palestinians imprisoned in Israel.
Issawi’s mother expressed that he is still unable to eat solid foods due to his hunger strike and the condition of his body after such a long period without food. Laila Issawi also said Samer is still very weak and that his condition requires constant examination and treatments.