Hungry–Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli Jails Protest

‘HUNGRY’ –dedicated to Samer Issawi and the other Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli incarceration. By Doc Jazz

His website reads:

Thanks to supporters from around the world, the song ‘HUNGRY’ which is dedicated to Samer Issawi and the other Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli incarceration has been rising in the HipHop Charts on Soundclick.


You’d think you’d read about me in the New York Times
Almost two hundred days without any bite

While I’m withering away in my prison cell
All you read about is the game of buy and sell

in Wall Street – they don’t know the way I resist
If they knew, they’d be shocked at the way I insist
Freedom and human rights are on my list
I want to live, breath, move – hell, I wanna exist

If I had an army I’d set it up to defend
Our villages our towns till the very end
But I’m cut off from the world, so there’s no supplies
They call resistance terrorism but u know these are lies

If my eyes are blindfolded, my body in chains
Tucked away behind bars the only thing that remains
Is to refuse to be fed from a racist thief’s den
To refuse to be treated like a sheep in their pen

I am hungry
For freedom and rights
I am hungry
That’s the way that I fight

I am hungry
A prisoner on a hunger strike
Never charged
Never tried
By that damned Fourth Reich

Let them say what they say bout my people
If there’s one thing we ain’t it is sheeple
Why would we give up on our land and allow its theft
Because greed is their creed, there’ll be nothing left

We want Justice, how is that too much to ask
You wont touch this, cuz ur not up to the task
Go ahead and lie, and call our enemy ‘civilized’
it won’t matter no more when Victory strikes

I am hungry
For freedom and rights
I am hungry
That’s the way that I fight

I am hungry
A prisoner on a hunger strike
Never charged
Never tried
By that damned Fourth Reich

While you’re out there in your homes counting dollars and pennies
I’ve got a question to you when ur done stacking ur twenties
Can u spare a few minutes for a man like yours truly
Whose only crime is that he won’t bow to a bully

I’m not asking u to break me out, cuz I’m alright
Can spend a hundred more years putting up this fight
All I want you to do, is speak out for the truth
Don’t support a racist state that is vile and uncouth

The song NEEDS TO BE PLAYED in order for it to rise further up in the charts. It must be streamed until the end for it to gain any chart points. Playing it over and over again helps too, but the focus for getting chart points is on NEW listeners, and this is where YOU come in, and where YOU can help !




Samer Must Live! Your action may make the difference!

Samer Issawi is on hunger strike since 1/8/2012. The last message that he sent from his prison was that he will continue his hunger strike until he will be released from his unjust imprisonment or die as a martyr.

Samer is a Palestinian from Issawiya in Al Quds (Jerusalem). He happened to be a youth, twenty years old, when the Palestinian people begun their second Intifada in September 2000 in a desperate attempt to get rid of the occupation. Samer joined the resistance and in April 2004 was arrested, accused of armed struggle and sentenced to 30 years in prison. You can learn from this that even the occupation forces didn’t accuse Samer of killing anybody, as if this was the charge he would be sentenced to life in prison…

Samer was released from prison in the prisoners’ exchange of October 2011 (in which Israel secured the release of its soldier Gilad Shalit). He planned to get married and open his own small business. But the Occupation didn’t let him more that a few months to enjoy his new freedom. On July 7, 2012, he was arrested in an army road block in Jerusalem, accused of infringement of his conditions of release by going to Ramallah. For 28 days he was under intense interrogation by the Israeli Shabak, prevented for meeting a lawyer, isolated from the world, deprived of sleep and tortured. Yet no new charges against him “surfaced”.

Military injustice

There are thousands of Palestinians political prisoners and resistance fighters in Israeli prisons. Hundreds of them are political activists that are held under administrative detention without any formal accusation and without even the farce of a military court. Thousands are imprisoned for taking part in the popular resistance – demonstrating against the robbery of their land and the demolition of their houses. Many are imprisoned for resisting the occupation – as Israeli military and civilian law criminalize any act of resistance and doesn’t recognize the legitimate right of occupied people to resist the occupation.

Yet, what provokes prolonged hunger strikes like Samer’s, are extremely blatant cases of injustice that stand out from the daily routine of injustice that we came to take for granted. One example of such blatant injustice is the “Shalit Committee” in the “Ofer” military court, which without any resemblance of due process decided that Samer should be returned to prison to serve more that 20 years still left from his initial sentence. There were no formal accusations and no way in which Samer could defend himself. The only thing that we know is that he is accused of going to Ramallah…

Act Now!

Your actions in solidarity with the striking prisoners have won the release of Khader Adnan, Hana Shalabi, Mahmoud Sarsak and other prisoners. You can also save the life of Samer Issawi and make an important contribution in the struggle against the occupation and for freedom, justice and peace.

Israel has no special reason to arrest him, to let him die. They do it only because they can, because the life and liberty of the Palestinians have no value in their racist blind eyes. Our struggle may make the difference – raise the awareness of the world’s public opinion and make Israel pay a price for stamping on other peoples’ rights.

Medical Neglect Leads to Death of Ashraf Abu Dhra’

Ashraf, 29 years old from Beit ‘Awwa in Hebron, was arrested on 16 May 2006 and sentenced to six and a half years in Ramleh prison. Ashraf had a long history of medical problems that predate his arrest; he suffered from muscular dystrophy and as a result became wheelchair bound in 2008 during his imprisonment. During his detention he contracted several illnesses including lung failure, immunodeficiency and a brain virus that eventually lead to his death.

Due to the frequent denial of medical treatment by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), Ashraf suffered a slow and painful death that was exasperated by neglect and the prison service’s refusal to provide court-ordered treatment. In 2008, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR-I) submitted a request to the Israeli district court for Ashraf to receive physical therapy. Although the court granted Ashraf this request, the ruling was ignoredby the Ramleh prison hospital, who refused treatment claiming that it was unnecessary. Ashraf was held in captivity despite his failing health for the entirety of his sentence, rarely seeing an independent doctor.

Ashraf was released on 15 November 2012, and merely ten days later fell into a coma until his death on 21 January 2013, a death that would have been preventable had he been provided with appropriate medical care during his detention.

Ashraf’s lack of proper medical treatment in his six and a half years violates several international human rights laws, specifically article 56, 91 and 92 of the Fourth Geneva Convention that obliges the occupying authority to provide “adequate treatment” for each detainee and medical care “not inferior than the care provided to the general population.”

Since 1967, over 200 prisoners have died in captivity, fifty-one of them from medical negligence. Alarmingly, there is a recent trend of prisoners who have died shortly after they are released from medical complications that went untreated during their detention. Addameer has documented three such cases in the past thirteen months alone, including Zakaria Issa who died from cancer on 2 January 2012 – less than five months after his release from detention – due to Israel’s refusal to grant him permission to travel to Jordan for specialized treatment.

Ashraf’s death raises serious concerns for the prisoners and detainees who are currently on hunger strike as their health continues to deteriorate and are being denied independent medical treatment by the IPS. Jafar Azzidine, Yousef Yassin and Tarek Qa’adan who have been on hunger strike for 56 days, were not transferred to the Ramleh Prison Hospital until three weeks into their hunger strike, causing great danger to their lives. Similarly, Samer Issawi who has been on partial hunger strike for 174 days, has been routinely denied adequate treatment.”

Will Samer Issawi be the next victim of medical neglect by the Israeli Prison Service?

“As the Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer recently reported, “Since 1967, over 200 prisoners have died in captivity, fifty-one of them from medical negligence. Alarmingly, there is a recent trend of prisoners who have died shortly after they are released from medical complications that went untreated during their detention.

Samer has tasted the bitterness of imprisonment for 12 years before. But once he was re-arrested in July 2012, with no charge or trial, he decided to rebel to send a message to his captors that they couldn’t decide his destiny. He doesn’t do this from love for death. He loves life, but in the form he has always longed to have, a life of freedom and dignity.

Serious actions are needed as Samer stands at the edge of death. He suffers from severe pain all over his body, especially in his abdomen and kidney. He has double vision, dizziness, and fractures in his rib cage from a brutal attack by Israeli soldiers while he was handcuffed to his wheelchair at a court hearing. This injury has caused severe and persistent pains that leave him sleepless day and night.

Samer Issawi’s 195 day hunger strike – Universal silence

Palestinian Prisoner Samer Issawi In Critical Condition: Mint Press News interview

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