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Mother of Sharawna: No one listens

Feb. 22, 2013 2:52 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 28, 2013 10:02 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The mother of jailed hunger striker Ayman Sharawna on Friday said she started her own hunger strike after her appeals to governments and organizations failed.

"What can I say when my son has been on hunger strike for eight months? No one listens and no one sees. What they are waiting for? To see my son dead?" Ayman Sharawna's mother told Ma'an from a hospital bed in Hebron.

The prisoner's 63-year-old mother started a hunger strike on Saturday, and collapsed Sunday at a solidarity tent near her home in Hebron.

"Since my son started his strike my life is black and I can't taste food," she said.

She said she started the strike after failed appeals to the Palestinian Authority, the Egyptian government, the International Committee of the Red Cross and human rights organizations.

"All I wish is to see my son in his home among his family. I need to hug him before I die."

Ayman Sharawna, 36, has nine children.

He went on hunger strike on July 1, 2012, but briefly stopped on Dec. 23 after believing there were developments in his case, prisoner rights group Addameer says. He restarted the strike in January.

Sharawna was transferred to the Soroka University Medical Center from Ramle prison clinic on Friday, the Israeli prison service said.

Sharawna was rearrested after being granted amnesty in the Oct. 2011 prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas. Israel's military judiciary is seeking to cancel his amnesty and reinstate his former sentence.

Israeli prosecutors have not disclosed any charges or evidence against him.

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