Samer Issawi’s uncle in front of the White House.

Samer Tariq Issawi is a Palestinian citizen, activist, and member of the group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. On 15 April 2002, Samer was captured by the Israeli army in Ramallah during the invasion of multiple West Bank cities, dubbed by Israel "Operation Defensive Shield". Samer was sentenced to thirty years in prison on charges of possession of weapons and forming military groups in Jerusalem.
Samer Tariq Issawi

Nearly 10 years later, in October 2011, Samer was released along with 476 Palestinian prisoners as a result of an Egypt-brokered deal between Hamas and the Israeli government. However, on 7 July 2012, he was re-arrested near the Palestinian village of Hizma, an area within the boundaries of the municipality of Jerusalem. Israel claimed that Samer broke the terms of his release by leaving Jerusalem.

Issawi has been on a hunger strike since July 29, 2012


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