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Israeli forces 'confiscate protest tent' in Isawiya

Dec. 19, 2012 2:16 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 20, 2012 10:28 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces confiscated a protest tent in solidarity with Palestinian hunger-striker Samer Issawi in East Jerusalem on Wednesday, a local group said.

Forces blocked the entrances to Isawiya, the hometown of Issawi, checking the IDs of all residents, Jerusalem media center director Muhammad Sadeq said.

They then seized the protest tent erected to support Issawi, who has refused food in Israeli jails for 141 days. An Israeli police spokesman did not return calls seeking comment.

Sadeq said the clampdown was accompanied by a campaign to collect tax revenues, prompting shop closures and a state of tension with local residents.

Israel seized East Jerusalem in a 1967 war and annexed it in a move never recognized internationally.

Issawi's sister Shireen was detained from their Isawiya home on Tuesday, after she tried to access her brother's court hearing earlier in the day, prisoners rights group Addameer said.

The family were blocked by Israeli forces at the court when they tried to greet Samer, and later denied access to the court, prisoners groups said.
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