Ref: 13/2013

 

The Palestinian
Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses extreme concern over the fate of Samer
al-Eissawi, who has been on hunger strike in Israeli jails for more than 200
days. PCHR holds the Israeli occupation authorities responsible for his wellbeing,
and calls upon the international community to exert pressure on the Israeli authorities
to immediately release him and other administrative detainees.

 

Samer
al-Eissawi, 33, from Jerusalem, has been on hunger strike since 1 August 2012, in
protest against being re-arrested and placed under administrative detention.
His re-arrest took place after he was released in the context of the prisoners’
exchange between Palestinian armed groups and Israeli authorities in October
2011, under which 1,027 Palestinian prisoners were released in exchange for the
captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.

 

According
to various human rights groups, the health conditions of al-Eissawi, who is
detained in Ramla Prison Hospital, is continuously deteriorating as a result of
the protracted length of his hunger strike, and him recently abstaining from
drinking water, taking vitamins or having his blood pressure checked, in an
attempt to pressurize the Israeli authorities to release him.

 

According
to medical sources, al-Eissawi’s health condition is continuously
deteriorating; his weight dropped to 46 kilograms, he is unable to walk and
uses a wheelchair for movement, and he also suffers from general weakness. In a
message sent yesterday from prison, al-Eissawi said that doctors had informed
him that “I am subject to strokes as I suffer from tachycardia, shortage of
sugar and low blood pressure. My body temperature is low and I have become
insomniac due to the constant pain."

 

PCHR has extreme concern over the
fate of al-Eissawi, who is on hunger strike in Israeli jails, and:

 

1. Calls upon the international community to
exert pressure on the Israeli forces to immediately release him, in order to
save his life;

2. Calls upon human rights organizations and
international solidarity organizations to continue their advocacy efforts to
end to the misuse of administrative detentions by the Israeli forces, in
violation of the fundamental right to a fair trial;

3. Notes with grave concern the deterioration
of living conditions of more than 4,700 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli
jails.