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Spokesperson for the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs threatens "intense" reaction if Israel does not concede to hunger striking Palestinian prisoners

Headline: “Prisoner solidary activists block a settler road near Al-Khader”


“Hassan Abd Rabbo, spokesperson for the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, said that if the demands of the hunger striking prisoners continue to be ignored, the Palestinian mass will take to the streets in larger numbers and with greater intensity.

He called on the international community to interfere to save the prisoners on hunger strike.”




Samer Al-Issawi - Palestinian terrorist and member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine DFLP. He attempted murder by manufacturing and distributing explosives and shooting at civilian vehicles in 2002. Al-Issawi was serving 26 years in prison, but was released in October 2011 as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal between the Israeli government and Hamas. In that deal, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years. Al-Issawi was re-arrested in 2012 for violating the conditions of his release.

As of 20 Feb. 2013, he had been on a hunger strike for 200 days.

He was released again in December 2013. In May 2015, his original prison sentence was reinstated and he was re-imprisoned.


Ayman Sharawna, Samer Al-Issawi, Jafar Ezzidin, and Tareq Qaa'dan are four Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons who are/were on a hunger strike in February 2013. Physicians for Human Rights said that Sharawna was 'rearrested for violating terms of his release' and began striking July 2012. He stopped for a while and resumed Jan. 2013...