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AbuSebah: Sarsak’s another victory over Zionist jailers

AbuSebah: Sarsak’s another victory over Zionist jailers, and for the ongoing sacrifices of prisoners’ movement.

July 12, 20120 comments
Press Release
Ministry of Detainees’ Affairs

Gaza Minister of Detainees' Affairs Dr. Atallah AbuSebah congratulates the Palestinian people on the release of prisoner Mahmoud Sarsak after his 96-day hunger strike. "Releasing him represents another new victory against the Zionist jailer and his oppressive policy inside the prisons. It is also a victory against the "Unlawful Combatant Law" under which Sarsak was detained in prison."

One victory after another

AbuSebah said that the prisoner Sarsak endured the hunger strike with strength, determination, challenge and a steely decision. Sarsak forced the jailers to meet all his demands. The prison management failed in oppressing him or marginalizing his cause. He added, "The steadfastness of Sarsak over this period of time is another addition to the sacrifices of the prisoners' movement inside Israeli jails, and another legend is added to the series of hero prisoners who went through continual battles against the management of the jails to gain their rights. This is proof that the battle against the Israeli occupation is ongoing, and will not stop."

The Minister said that the prisoners are still suffering disastrous conditions, and the occupation continues to commit violations against them. He also said that the Israeli occupation is stalling on applying the Al Karameh Agreement signed between the Israeli occupation and High Committee of Leadership of the Hunger Strike, and brokered by Egypt. He noted that families in the Gaza Strip are still prevented from visiting their relatives in Israeli jails, and the engineer prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi is still being held in solitary confinement. The Israeli occupation continues its policy of administrative detention, and does not provide adequate medical treatment to prisoners.

AbuSebah called on all in the international community who defend human freedom, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross, to stand by the Palestinian prisoners suffering injustice and oppression and not to treat them as if they are just numbers, saying they must continue to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to release all the prisoners, especially those who are sick and daily face a slow death.


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