Al-Awda, The Palestine Right To Return Coalition and the Free Samer Issawi Campaign call on all people of conscience to take immediate action to help save the life of Palestinian political prisoner Samer Issawi who has been on a hunger strike.
Issawi has been detained by Israeli authorities without any charge whatsoever. He had been released from prison in October 2011 as a part of the Shalit prisoner swap, but was detained again without charge on 7 July 2012 and has been refusing food since August 2012 to protest his detention. He is in critical condition. He is losing his vision, vomiting blood and lapsing in and out of consciousness.
The Israeli occupation authorities and courts continue to detain Palestinians under the “Emergency Law of 1945,” which was in force during the British Mandate of Palestine. This “law,” which violates international law, allows the Zionist authorities to detain Palestinians without trial or providing reason, and to repeatedly extend the term of detention. The Israeli authorities have also ratified the Unlawful Combatant Law of 2000, which allows the occupation state to detain Palestinians without charge or disclosure of the term of detention.
There are currently 178 Palestinian administrative detainees. In addition to Issawi, Jafar Izzeddin, Ayman Sharawneh and Tariq Qadan are also on hunger strike to protest prison conditions and administrative detention.
TAKE ACTION NOW! Please join the voices and support around the world to save Samer Issawi’s life and demand his immediate release from prison!
1) Write to President Obama and voice your concern and demand that the US administration intervene to demand the immediate release of Samer Issawi, the other hungers strikers, and all the administrative detainees and Palestinian political prisoners including the children. You can use the online form at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
2) Also please call US Secretary of State John Kerry at 1-202-647-4000 or Office of Near East Affairs at 1-202-647-7209. Demand that the Secretary intervene for the immediate release of Samer Issawi, the other hungers strikers, all Palestinian administrative detainees and political prisoners including the children.