Steadfast Alaa Hammad’s Arduous Struggle Is not over

Guest writer Steven Katsineris with an update from 13 December 2013 on the situation of Alaa Hammad, a Palestinian political prisoner in the custody of Israeli authorities. Steven Katsineris is an Australian free-lance writer of articles on Palestine, Cyprus and the rest of the Middle East region, political prisoners and human rights, environmental and social issues. He has been actively involved in the Palestine solidarity movement for over forty years. Steven lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia.


Alaa Hammad had ended his long hunger strike after an agreement with Israeli authorities on family visits and medical treatment.    

The Free Samer Issawi Campaign announced the following on Facebook.

After 222 days (215 consecutively) Alaa Hammad, Palestinian political prisoner with Jordanian citizenship has broke his heroic hunger strike for justice! One of his major demands which should have been automatic of course is the visit of his wife and kids starts next week which was coordinated directly with the "Israeli" foreign affairs ministry without any coordination with the Jordanian foreign affairs ministry. His much needed surgery shall be done within 10 days as well. Alaa Hammad has been transferred to the Ramon prison at this time. More information later on the negotiated deal later. Thank you for your support!

Alaa Hammad, the Palestinian prisoner with Jordanian citizenship who has carried on an open-ended hunger strike since May 2, resumed his hunger strike on Sunday, December 9 after a brief suspension of his strike.

Hammad suspended his strike after the Israeli prison authorities agreed to facilitate family visits with his wife and children, and with his aunts and uncles. His aunts and uncles visited on Saturday, December 8 but no progress was made by the prison authorities to allow Hammad's wife and children to visit him.

Therefore, Hammad, who has been denied family visits for 7 years, resumed his strike. Hammad originally was on hunger strike along with four other political prisoners holding Jordanian citizenship. After severe health consequences, the other four ended their strikes with agreement to facilitate family visits.

However, Hammad maintained his strike and Israeli prison authorities have repeatedly refused or delayed family visits for all of the prisoners.

Source: Samidoun. 

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