shireenissawi2The occupation’s Magistrate’s Court extended the detention of Shireen, Shadi and Medhat Issawi, the siblings of long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi until next Wednesday, March 26, in a hearing on March 20. Shireen Issawi, a lawyer, is an advocate for Palestinian prisoners and was the most prominent spokesperson in her brother’s case as he struggled to gain his freedom. Shireen and Shadi Issawi were arrested on March 6, soon followed by Medhat.

The court also extended the detention of two other Palestinian lawyers, Amjad al-Safadi and Mahmoud Abu Sneineh until next Wednesday, March 26. All of the detained  Palestinians have “secret” investigation files and are denied access to these files. None have been charged.

Earlier reports noted that 30 Palestinian political prisoners were called for interrogation by Israeli security services in their attempt to justify the imprisonment of Palestinian lawyers and the Issawi family.