Rearrested Terrorist to Serve 20 Years in Prison

May 10, 2015  

A military committee dealing with terrorists who were freed in the Gilad Shalit deal and later re-arrested determined on Sunday that Samer Issawi, a terrorist prisoner who went on a hunger strike in order to pressure Israel to release him, will be sent to 20 years in prison.

Issawi was first arrested in 2002 on terror charges and sentenced to 26 years for terrorist activity. He was released in the Shalit deal in October 2011, but rearrested in July of 2012 for violating the terms of the release agreement.

Once in jail, Issawi began an on and off hunger strike which lasted for more than eight months before he signed a deal with Israel which saw him released in December of 2013.

However, last June Issawi was rearrested and on Sunday, the military prosecutor told the committee that since his release, Issawi had resumed “full terrorist activities”.

Before the deal with him was struck, Israel said it was willing to deport Issawi to any EU member country or any UN member country, but an EU spokesman had claimed that “Israel has not formally approached the EU on this subject.”

Arab terrorist prisoners have turned hunger striking into a pressure tactic aimed at forcing Israel to release them out of fear for their lives. Israel has several times in the past caved to the pressure and released some hunger strikers.

Some 1,550 Palestinian Arabs imprisoned in Israel ended a hunger strike in May 2012, in exchange for a package of measures which would allow visits from relatives in Gaza and the transfer of detainees out of solitary confinement.

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