Gaza, 7 Jumadil Ula 1434/18 March 2013 (MINA) – Ayman Sharawna arrived in the Gaza Strip on Sunday evening after signing a deportation deal to end an 8-month long hunger strike in Israeli jail.
Sharawna arrived at the Erez crossing, where a Palestinian ambulance was waiting to take him into Gaza. Hundreds of people crowded at the Palestinian side of the checkpoint to greet him, according to Palestinian news agencies reports monitored by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).
Sharawna signed an agreement with Israeli occupation to be deported to Gaza for 10 years, bringing an end to a hunger strike he launched on July 1, said Qadura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society.
Al-Sharawna beside number of Palestinian detainees lauched hunger strike since 1July,2012 lasted for 140 days. He resumed his hunger srike in 16-1-2013 taking only water, eating nothing.
On Sunday, the Minister of Detainee Affairs in Ramallah Issa Qaraqe said the Palestinian Authority rejected the deportation of prisoners as political blackmail.
Sharawna, 36, is from the southern West Bank city of Al Khalil, and is married with nine children.
He was released in the Oct. 2011 prisoner swap deal between Israeli occupation and Hamas but was rearrested in Jan. 2012 and accused of violating the terms of his release.
Israeli occupation refused to reveal how Sharawna violated his release terms, even to his lawyers, and he was jailed without charge or trial.
Israeli prosecutors sought to cancel Sharawna’s amnesty and jail him for 28 years, the remainder of his previous sentence. He went on hunger strike to demand his release.
Sharawneh was transferred from Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba to Beit Hanoun checkpoint and then to Gaza.
Sharawneh reached his decision after months of hunger striking to protest against his detention and after numerous warnings by the doctors regarding the severe deterioration in his health.
Sharawneh’s lawyer Jawad Bulous said that the decision comes only a day before a hearing session scheduled to be held in Ofer Military Court, which was expected to convict Sharawneh and imprison him for another 28 days as the prosecution demanded.
Arriving Gaza, Al-Sharawna warmly received by the Palestinian officials including the PM, Ismail Hanya, in Al-Shefaa hospital.
Al Sharawna vanquished Israeli jailers
Meanwhile, Minister of Detainees Atallah Abu Al Sabah said “release of ex-detainee Ayman Al Sharawana, who went through a hugber strike since July is a victory for his patience and steadfastness over stubbornness tyranny of the prison’s administration which denied his just claims.
“We hoped his release be to his birthplace, Hebron, but being deported away from his original land is better than being kept for twenty years more in the Israeli prisons, suffering injustice, subjugation, and continued physical and psychological torture”, added the minister.
“We respect any decision satisfies our prisoners and preserves their dignity and sacrifices endured during their late months, during which they were exposed to hard health conditions which might have secured their deaths.”, Abd Sabah followed.
He assured that “Ayman Al Sharawna shall be living in the warm bosom of Gaza; never be feeling exiled or deported but very at home.” (T/P02/E1)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)