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Prisoner in Israeli isolation for 2 years 'forgets speech'
Published Sunday 17/02/2013 (updated) 19/02/2013 14:30
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian man held in solitary confinement by Israel for two years is losing his ability to recall language and has speech impairments, a lawyer who visited him in jail said Sunday.

The lawyer for the Palestinian prisoners society said Dirar Abu Sisi, an engineer from Gaza, is suffering from a number of health problems in his isolation cell.

Abu Sisi disappeared in February 2011 while traveling on a train in Ukraine and Israel later announced that it was holding him in a southern Israeli jail.

He was the only prisoner excluded from a May 2012 deal with Israeli authorities to end solitary confinement, according to prisoners rights group Addameer.

The deal, which included several terms to improve prisoners conditions, was made to end a mass hunger strike campaign launched by Palestinian prisoners.

The order to keep Abu Sisi in isolation was renewed for another six months on Nov. 1, 2012.

The prisoners society lawyer said Abu Sisi told him prison guards were implementing other punitive measures.

They bring him rotten food, and recently confiscated his notebook where he records his thoughts during his isolation, Abu Sisi said.

The technical director at Gaza's sole electricity plant, Abu Sisi was charged with developing Hamas' rocket capabilities. Abu Sisi denies the charges and Hamas says he has no affiliation to the group.


Abu Sisi, father of six and the husband of a Ukrainian woman, disappeared while traveling between Kiev and the eastern city of Kharkov on the night of Feb. 18-19.

His wife Veronica said train attendants told her that her husband had been taken away by two men posing as officers of the Ukrainian secret service. A month later, Israel partially lifted a gag order on reporting his disappearance and Abu Sisi turned up in Israeli court.

Secretive detentions in Israel have come under the spotlight in recent days, after an Australian TV report identified the mysterious 'Prisoner X' as Australian citizen Ben Zygier.

Zygier, a possible Mossad operative detained on suspicion of security offenses, was held in isolation and his identity shrouded in secrecy. He committed suicide in Israeli jail in 2010.
1 ) Old Profession / New Profession
17/02/2013 21:10
Mr. Dirar ABU SISI may once have been an engineer from Gaza, but it was his new profession, WEAPONS BUYER for terrorisists, which is the reason he is held in solitary confinement by Israel !!

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
17/02/2013 21:35
Oh get real. Hamas held Gilad Shalit in near total isolation for 5 years and never allowed a single visit by either a lawyer or the red cross (in total viotation of interantional laws). Abu Sisi is allowed visits by his lawyer and the Red Cross and most likely he gets a medical check and probably dental services if he needs it. What do Palestinian political prisoners get in Hamas and Fatah jails? In fact, nobody even bothers reporting on them because rights groups don't care about them.

3 ) Sani Begum / UK
17/02/2013 22:42
This is disgusting. Justice will prevail. Allah SWT is with him. I pray that he is he gets better treatment. How dare they.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/02/2013 01:17
To Brian Cohen #2 'Oh get real...' ...So what you're saying here is that Hamas is as bad as Israel.

5 ) gabi / australia
18/02/2013 01:56
Brian Cohen - good to see you have concern for international law - except where it relates to Israel's non-compliance.

6 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
18/02/2013 07:29
To 1: So you say. Was he ever tried? or is he being held to provoke what happened to Zygier? To 2: Shalit was captured and taken as a POW, not kidnapped from a train. Even so, if Abu Sisi is a POW, should he not at least have a hearing and trial? Or Like Zugier, is he already condemned to the Israeli form of death penalty?

7 ) Rami / Palestine
18/02/2013 08:29
#1 You say that so adamantly. How the hell do YOU know?? Hamas says he's not one of their's and last time I checked, providing electricity to civilians under siege is not a crime.

8 ) Outsider / EU
18/02/2013 10:11
2) Your argument works both ways. What's the big problem with holding Shalit for five years when Israel has been practicing abduction, political internment and assassinations for so long? Sisi's case is like something from Myanmar. "You are arrested on suspicion of something, and we might get around to charging you one of these days. if we feel like it."

9 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA
18/02/2013 10:16
In reply to 1), Mr. Abu Sisi never bought a weapon for terrorists. If he bought weapons he bought them for counterterrorists. Without the slightest shadow of a doubt the so-called "IDF" is a terrorism group, murdering innocent civilians and doing its very best to destroy the freedom of an oppressed people. As for 2), the writer forgets that Israel is in charge and tries to look like a poor victim so it can continue its rampage to destruction of the Palestinian people.

10 ) frederico / italy
18/02/2013 11:23
i just read they arrest him in ukraine. how is the extraditionlaws,or what israel does his above legal??

11 ) Mel / Gaza
18/02/2013 14:50
@#10 Israel is above any law! They do what they want and the world looks on.

12 ) BDS / Canada
18/02/2013 15:17
Another completely illegal means by which the israeli terrorist regime tries to destroy normal life for Palestinians. Horrific to see Mr. Abu Sisi destroyed in such a cruel way because of his capacity as an engineer to maintain Gaza's electrical capacity.

13 ) JoeFattal / usa
18/02/2013 22:42
The man speech will probably return when he associate himself with his own people. I spoke arabic very fluently, but now when I speak to a Palestinan store manager that I know I can recall few words. Same with my french. So that's nothing, it happens when you do not speak your native language for a while. But it always come back to you.

14 ) Joop / Netherlands
19/02/2013 18:23
Israel terrorizes the Palestinians in every way it can. Even children. Israel should be punished for its crimes.

15 ) Mel / Gaza
20/02/2013 11:48
@#13 It's quite a different case. It's not the case of him not speaking his native language. The issue is him being in solitary confinement although he hasn't done anything and not speaking to anyone at all for the past 2 years. He is not allowed to read books or even have a small notebook to record his thoughts. It's cruel and inhumane!!! He is loosing the ability to recall language and most likely will be left with psycholigical issues!

16 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/02/2013 00:28
To Mel #11 '@#10 Israel is above any law!' Or below any law. It depends how you look at it. In the end, if they strip themselves of all possible claim to legitimacy, it's for the best. Moral clarity will make a solution easier.

17 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/02/2013 00:35
To Mel #15. To continue, unless one WANTS there to be an Israel, it's all to the good if her justice is obviously a travesty, her behavior obviously criminal, and her actions obviously immoral. It's those who want a 'nice' Israel that are the threat. Folks like Brian Cohen, for example, are great. The more they get their way, the sooner this will all be over and Palestine will be free.

18 ) Mel / Gaza
21/02/2013 15:52
@#17, Colin I hope you are right!
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