AbuSebah: AlRikhawi’s will Breaks the Zionist Military Might
July 29, 20120 comments
Gaza Ministry of Detainees’ Affairs
Minister of Detainees’ Affairs Dr Atallah AbuSebah praises the achievements of prisoner Akram AlRikhawi who, after hunger-striking for more than 104 days, has agreed to a deal with the Israeli prison service to stop his hunger strike in exchange for his release early next year.
AbuSebah considers AlRikhawi’s achievement of the longest hunger strike in history is an additional victory for the determination of prisoners against their oppressive jailers. AbuSebah confirmed that this victory wouldn’t have been possible without the steadfastness AlRikhawi derived from Allah, and from his love of freedom, his land and holy places.
He said: “The steadfastness of AlRikhawi for this long adds to the sacrifices of the prisoner movement, and another legend is appended to the series of great heroes who have fought ongoing battles against the Israeli prison service for their stolen rights. This is proof that the battle against the occupation is a continuous one.”
The Minister stressed that the prisoners inside the Israeli jails do not continue to suffer the previously-catastrophic conditions, but they are still subjected to outrageous violations by the Prison Service delaying implementation of the Al Karameh (dignity) agreement reached between the Prison Service administration and the High Committee to Lead the Hunger Strike, brokered by Egypt. In contravention of the agreement, two prisoners – engineer Dirar AbuSisi and Awad Saidi – are still being held in solitary confinement, and the policy of administrative extension continues to be applied. In addition, sick prisoners continue to suffer in Ramle prison from being refused necessary medical treatment.
AbuSebah calls on international human rights organisations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to stand by Palestinian prisoners who are suffering injustice and oppression and not to treat them just as numbers, to keep pressure on the occupation to release all prisoners, especially those who are ill and face death daily, and to fully implement the Al Karameh agreement signed between the prisoners and the Israeli Prisoner Service.
Translated by Mukarram
Revised by JWP