Almost 5,000 Palestinian prisoners - 235 children - are held in 27 Israeli jails and detention centres. More than 100 have been in prison for more than 20 years. About 200 are "administrative detainees", prisoners held without charge, including 14 elected members of the Palestinian legislature. Nearly all the Palestinian families have experienced the jailing of a relative. Of Laila Issawi's eight children, six – including a daughter – have spent time in prison, and a seventh was shot dead aged 16 by Israeli soldiers. Laila Issawi, 65, spent six months in prison in the 1970s accused of "supporting terrorism" after treating wounded militants as a nurse. Samer Issawi, the prisoner on prolonged hunger strike for an unfair and motivated trial, is not a “terrorist” but a patriot against the occupation, the violences, the Israeli expropriations of the Palestinian land and life. Hear his words, aimed at the Israelis, but of universal value: “I am Samer Issawi the young “Arboush” man according to your military terms, the Jerusalemite, whom you arrested without charge, except for leaving Jerusalem to the suburbs of Jerusalem. I, whom will be tried twice for a charge without charge, because it is the military that rules in your country, and the intelligence apparatus that decides, and all other components of Israeli society ever have to do is sit in a trench and hide in the fort that keeps what is called a purity of identity - to avoid the explosion of my suspicious bones.” Can this man be a “terrorist”? Listen to him again: “Intellectuals, writers, lawyers and journalists, associations, and civil society activists, I invite you to visit me, to see a skeleton tied to his hospital bed, and around him three exhausted jailers. I haven't heard a single one of you intervene and try to silence the voice of the growing death as all of you have turned into gravediggers, wearing military uniforms: the judge, writer, intellectual, media, merchant, academic, poet. I am unable to believe that an entire society has turned into the jailers of my death and life, to the protectors of the settlers who are pursuing my dreams." You men of culture – you can you suffer this? Listen to his voice, mobilize a world campaign for the liberation of Samer Issawi and of all the Palestinian political prisoners: “Listen to my voice, the voice of our time and yours! Liberate yourselves of the excess of greedy power! Do not remain prisoners of military camps and the iron doors that have shut your minds! I am not waiting for a jailer to release me, I’m waiting for you to be released from my memory”.