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Shireen Issawi

( Arab administrative detainee Shireen Issawi on Monday joined her brother Samer Tariq Issawi in a hunger strike in solidarity with administrative detainee Muhammad Allan, Ma’an reported Monday night. Samer Issawi began his strike on Sunday.

Shireen Issawi is suspected of involvement with terrorist organizations.


Samer, who is affiliated with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was arrested by the IDF in April 2002, for manufacturing and distributing pipe bombs and for firing indiscriminately at Israeli civilians. He was convicted of membership in an illegal organization, possession of explosives, and attempted murder.

In October 2011, Samer was released along with 1027 other Palestinian prisoners, as part of the deal between Hamas and Israel for the return of Gilad Shalit.

In July 2012, Samer was re-arrested for violating the terms of his release by leaving Jerusalem and entering the PA governed territory. His attorney, Andre Rosenthal, stated that Samer was just taking his car to be fixed at a garage across the green line.

Samer was convicted of violating the terms of his release, which could have meant reinstating his original 26-year sentence. He then went on a hunger strike, which was followed by a deal with the Israeli government for him to serve the eight months for violating his release conditions, after which he was freed to his Jerusalem home.

Then, in June 2014, Samer was detained once more by the IDF, and in May 2015 a military court reinstated his original sentence.

Back in April 2014, Arabs under administrative detention in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike against the security regulation that allows the government to plead with a judge in camera to keep a person deemed a security risk in prison without a trial. The strike was begun by 125 detainees, but their numbers later dropped to 80.


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