Message from Samer el Issawi, day 209 hunger strike

**Via Rona Merrill, Neta Golan

16.02.13 – “I turn with admiration to the masses of our heroic Palestinian people, to our Palestinian leadership, to all forces, parties and national institutions. I salute them for standing by our fight to defend our right to freedom and dignity.

I draw my strength from my people, from all the free people in the world, from friends and the families of the prisoners who continue day and night chanting for freedom and an end to the occupation.

My health has deteriorated dramatically and I’m hung between life and death. My weak body is collapsing but still able to be patient and continue the confrontation. My message is that I will continue until the end, until the last drop of water in my body, until martyrdom. Martyrdom is an honor for me in this battle. My martyrdom is my remaining bomb in the confrontation with the tyrants and the jailers, in the face of the racist policy of the occupation that humiliates our people and exercises against us all means of oppression and repression.

I say to my people: I’m stronger than the occupation army and its racist laws. I, Samer al-Issawi, son of Jerusalem, send you my last will that, in case I fell as a martyr, you will carry my soul as a cry for all the prisoners, man and women, cry for freedom, emancipation and salvation from the nightmare of prisons and their harsh darkness.

My battle is not only for individual freedom. The battle waged by me and by my heroic colleagues, Tariq, Ayman and Ja’affar, is everyone’s battle, the battle of the Palestinian people against the occupation and its prisons. Our goal is to be free and sovereign in our liberated state and in our blessed Jerusalem.

The weak and strained beats of my heart derive their steadfastness from you, the great people. My eyes, which started to lose their sight, draws light from your solidarity and your support of me. My weak voice takes its strength from your voice that is louder than the warden’s voice and higher than the walls.

I’m one of your sons, among thousands of your sons who are prisoners, still languishing steadfasting in the prisons, waiting for an end to be brought to their plight, their pains and the suffering of their families.

The doctors told me I became exposed to stroke because of the disorder of my heartbeats, the shortage of sugar and the drop in blood pressure. My body is full of cold and I can’t sleep because of the continued pain. But despite the extreme fatigue and chronic headaches, as I move on my chair, I’m trying to summon all my resources to continue on the road till its end. There is no going back, only in my victory, because I’m the owner of Right and my detention is invalid and illegal.

Do not be afraid for my heart if it will stop, don’t be afraid for my hands if they will be paralyzed. I am still alive now and tomorrow and after death, because Jerusalem is moving in my blood, in my devotion and my faith.”

5 thoughts on “Message from Samer el Issawi, day 209 hunger strike

  1. My admiration, respect & support go out for the Palestinian people; do not give up; you will win at the end and re-occupy YOUR land.

  2. Samer’s message from his prison cell shows the beautiful heart of a poet. One phrase that rings out in particular: ” My weak voice takes its strength from your voice that is louder than the warden’s voice and higher than the walls.” We must continue to speak up, loudly and passionately, until the Zionist administration that governs Israel and permeates any sense of hope for freedom and equality for the Palestiinians is drowned out by the waves of righteousness that must surely follow.
    I believe that Samer and 13 others have now been taken from prison to an Israeli ‘inspection centre’ as a result of UN and EU condemnation (and other groups) in respect of Israeli use of administrative detention law inappropriately. There have also been strong voices calling for the immediate release of all Palestinians held under this law. It smacks of Guantanamo and the legal no-mans land on which it was so cynically established.
    All strength to you and your fellow prisoners/hunger strikers, Samer!

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