The General Delegation of the PLO to the U.S. is gravely concerned about the rapidly deteriorating situation of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. Of particular concern is Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for over 200 days and under risk of complete paralysis, kidney failure, and loss of vision.
Issawi, along with three other prisoners on a hunger strike, exemplify the struggle of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails and our steadfast determination to become free of the Israeli occupation. They were joined recently by hundreds more Palestinian political prisoners in solidarity and defiance of Israel’s inhumane policies. Specifically, they are protesting the Israeli policy of arbitrary detention without charge which it refers to as “administrative detention”.
Further, the issue of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails is a top priority in the Palestinian national discourse. Therefore, any attempts to revive the political process must address these egregious Israeli policies towards Palestinian political prisoners.
The General Delegation of the PLO to the U.S. calls on the international community to demand that Israel release to desist from resorting to the illegal policy of “administrative detention”.