Samer Isssawi, hunger-striker 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/ The Jerusalem Post)
Israel would deport Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi to any country that
would accept him, an official told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday
Issawi has already refused an offer to be released to the Gaza
Strip, the official added.
In the past few weeks, representatives from
the European Union and the United Nations separately approached the Prime
Minister’s Office, via National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror, expressing
concern about Issawi’s health because of his hunger strike, the official
Israel told the EU and UN officials, “If you are concerned about
him, we are happy for you to take responsibility for him,” according to the
Israel then told the EU it would release Issawi, a
member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, to any EU member
state that would accept him, the official said.
It similarly told the UN
it would deport Issawi to any UN member state that would agree to have him live
there, the official said.
There has been no response to the offer, the
An EU spokesman responded by stating that Israel had not
made a formal application to the EU on this matter.
The Israeli official
said the proposal to deport Issawi was made in working conversations between
officials of Israel and the EU.
Isawwi’s attorney could not be reached
for comment on Saturday night.
Samer was arrested in 2002 as part of
Operation Defensive Shield during the second intifada and given a 26-year
sentence for terrorist activities. He was released in 2011, as part of the Gilad
Schalit deal, and rearrested in 2012 for violating the terms of his
According to Physicians for Human Rights, he has been on a
hunger strike for more than 200 days.
Isawwi’s is one of four security
prisoners in Israeli jails on a hunger strike. Their cause has been publicized
by activists and by Palestinian officials, including Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas.