“I draw my strength from all the free people in the world who want an end to the Israeli occupation. My weak heartbeat endures thanks to this solidarity and support; my weak voice gains its strength from voices that are louder, and can penetrate the prison walls...
“Despite my critical health situation, and all that I suffer from, I promise everyone that my health situation will not affect my decisions.
“I will continue my open hunger strike, and will not retract my steps. My life is not more precious than the blood of Palestinian martyrs.” (Samer al-Issawi)
Samer Al-Issawi, Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails, is on a hunger strike since August 1, 2012.
This hero of the resistance, both in body and in spirit, is facing an extreme danger of losing his life.
Samer affirms his will to continue the hunger strike until attaining freedom or falling as a martyr for the freedom and dignity of prisoners and of all the Palestinian people.
“My battle is not just for my own freedom. My fellow hunger strikers and I are fighting a battle for all Palestinians against the Israeli occupation and its prisons. What I endure is little compared to the sacrifice of Palestinians in Gaza, where thousands have died or been injured as a result of brutal Israeli attacks and an unprecedented and inhuman siege.”
“My health has deteriorated greatly, but I will continue my hunger strike until victory or martyrdom. This is my last remaining stone to throw at the tyrants and jailers in the face of the racist occupation that humiliates our people...” (Samer Al-Issawi)
Today this son of the people and of the fatherland, son of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a hero of the “strike of the empty stomachs,” is approaching eight months of strike, the longest in the history of humanity.
Samer was freed on October 18, 2011, after ten years in prison under the accusation of having joined the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, being one of the 1027 Palestinians liberated in the prisoners’ swap of October 2011. He was again arrested on July 7, 2012 and on August 1 of 2012 he began his hunger strike.
Israel violated the Egypt-sponsored deal to swap prisoners, by again arresting Samer Al-Issawi and dozens of other liberated Palestinian prisoners.
We call on the world public opinion and on friendly forces to act and to increase its mobilization to claim and demand the right of Samer and his fellow hunger strikers and to condemn the repression of the occupying government against thousands of Palestinian prisoners.