209 days On Hunger Strike; Letter from Samer al-Eesawi       West Bank, 11 Rabiul Akhir 1434/21 February 2013 (MINA) – Ansar Alasra ” Advocates for prisoners” organization denounced the Israeli decision not to release the 210-day hunger striker prisoner Samer al-Issawi on bail , considering it a slow killing of prisoners , especially the striker prisoners.
      The organization condemned in a statement reached “Alresalah Net” Wednesday, the Israeli ongoing delay of trials of prisoners and the Israeli manipulation of feelings and fate of their life, particularly, the prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails.
      Samer Issawi, 33, has been detained without charge for more than seven months by Israeli authorities. He was released from prison in October 2011 as a part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap and detained again without charge on July 7, 2012.
       Issawi has been on hunger strike since August 2012 to protest his detention. He is now in critical condition: losing his vision, vomiting blood and lapsing in and out of consciousness.
       It held Israeli Occupation full responsibility for the lives of captive al-Issawi and the other striking prisoners, according to a report published in monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA), Thursday.
      The organization renewed its appeal to the Egyptian leadership to pressurize Israeli occupation to commit to the conditions of prisoners swap deal and release the striker’s prisoners immediately.
      An Israeli court on Tuesday ruled that Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for over 200 days, must remain in custody. Issawi’s lawyer Jawad Bulous requested Issawi’s release at a magistrate’s court in Jerusalem. An Israeli military prosecutor opposed the request.
      A main demand of Palestinian prisoners’ mass hunger strike since April 2012 was for Israel to end its policy of long-term isolation for “security” reasons.
      Following the conclusion of the hunger strike, Israel agreed to remove 18 out of 19 prisoners from long-term isolation, though one prisoner was kept in isolation and an additional prisoner received a new isolation order.
      Although rules exist under Israeli and international law to closely govern the use of solitary confinement and isolation, both measures are often used impermissibly and at great cost to Palestinian prisoners and detainees. 




Type of Prisoner

Number of Prisoners

Total number of political prisoners


Administrative detainees

178 (5 PLC members)

Female prisoners


Child prisoners

193 (23 under the age of 16)

Palestinian Legislative Council members


East Jerusalem prisoners


1948 Territories prisoners


Gaza prisoners


Prisoners serving life sentences


Prisoners serving a sentence above 20 years


Prisoners having served for more than 25 years


Prisoners having served for more than 20 years


Prisoners detained before Oslo Agreements



Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

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