Jerusalem - Israeli police raided overnight the east
Jerusalem home of a Palestinian prisoner who has been on long-term hunger
strike, arresting his brother, family members and a police spokesperson said on
The raid took place in Issawiya on the northern outskirts
of annexed east Jerusalem at the family home of Samer Issawi, a 33-year-old
prisoner being held by Israel who has been refusing food since August.
"At 02:30, Israeli forces barged into our house
without any warrant or order and locked us all in one room, while five men
attacked Shadi and took him away," his sister Shireen told AFP.
"Lawyers were not allowed access to him and he had a
secret hearing without a lawyer, which handed him a four-day detention,"
Israel police corroborated the arrest of Shadi Issawi,
with spokesperson Luba Samri saying: "I can confirm he was arrested,"
but without giving any further details.
In a separate development, a Jerusalem court was to hold
a Tuesday hearing on Samer Issawi's case, his sister said.
"Tomorrow at 14:30 at Jerusalem Magistrates Court,
there will be a hearing for Samer," she said, adding that he had not been
due in court until 14 March.
"We don't know what to expect."
Over the weekend, the EU expressed concern over the
deteriorating health of Issawi and three other long-term hunger strikers,
urging Israel to respect its human rights obligations towards the prisoners and
permit family visits.
As well as Issawi, it expressed concern about Tareq
Qaadan, 40, Jafar Ezzedine, 41 and Ayman Sharawna, 36, all of whom have been
refusing food for an extended period.
Qaadan and Ezzedine, who both come from Araba village in
the northern West Bank, were arrested on 22 November in a sweep which saw
troops detaining 55 "terror operatives”, prisoner rights group Addameer
Both were handed a three-month detention order and began
refusing food on 28 November to protest against their being held without charge
under a procedure known as administrative detention.
Their detention orders are due to expire or be renewed on
Issawi and Sharawna were long-term security prisoners who
were initially released by Israel under terms of a prisoner swap deal in
But within months, they were both rearrested following
unspecified allegations that they violated the terms of the agreement, with
Israel ordering them to serve out the remainder of their original sentences.
Sharawna was rearrested on 31 January and began refusing
food on 1 July to protest against his re-arrest and demand his immediate
Issawi was arrested on 7 July and stopped eating on 1 August,
to protest over his re-arrest and retrial based on information which was not
made available to him or his lawyer.