Palestinian hunger striker's hearing delayed

Israeli authorities reportedly offer deal to Issawi, where he would end hunger strike in exchange for a six-month sentence.

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April 23, 2013 02:54
Samer Essawi after being sentenced, February 21, 2013.

Samer Isssawi, hunger-striker 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/ The Jerusalem Post)

 
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A hearing in the legal proceedings against Palestinian hunger strike Samer Issawi was delayed till May on Monday, after he told the court that he refused to recognize the authority of the military court.

Also Monday, Palestinian media reported that Israeli authorities have offered a deal to Issawi, where he would end his hunger strike in exchange for a six-month sentence in Israeli jail. Israeli authorities would not confirm the report on Monday night.

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Issawi is currently being hospitalized at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, due to his declining medical condition. A military judge from Ofer Prison came to the hospital to hold a hearing in Issawi’s case, but Issawi reportedly refused to recognize the court.

At the same time, dozens of protesters gathered outside the hospital, to hold a protest in solidarity with Issawi.

Issawi was one of 1,027 prisoners released in the Gilad Schalit exchange, but was rearrested in August for violating the terms of his release, and has been on his strike ever since.

On Sunday, his lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Issawi has stopped taking nutritional supplements, a move that could worsen his medical condition.


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