The Story Has Commenced
Thirty-two-year-old Issawi is from Issawiyeh to the north east of Jerusalem. On April 15th, 2002 while being in a tower to the north of Jerusalem, he was captured by Israeli Operation Defensive Shield. At that time, he was sentenced to thirty years on charges of owning weapons and forming military groups. Nearly 10 years after his captivity, an Egypt-brokered deal between Hamas and the Israeli regime about the captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, had been brought to the spotlight after staying under the shadow of hot arguments and meetings lingering for more than five years. Consequently, 476 Palestinian prisoners were released including Issawi.
Wondering why he has been detained only after eight months of his last release, I phoned Samir’s family to delve more in their son’s case. I could not make a call at first; I had a shaking voice and trembling hands and did not even know how…
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