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