BEIRUT: Hezbollah said Tuesday the release of Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi from an Israeli jail was a “major victory” over Israeli oppression.
“Experiences always show that the will of freedom and the spirit of jihad will always win over the [prison] warden and the intransigence of the [Israeli] occupation,” the group said in a statement.
“Issawi scored a major victory over the Zionists’ measures of oppression, forcing the enemy to bow in front of his steadfastness and attempts to break his resolve; and his release based on his conditions and not [Israel’s] brutal terms,” the group added.
Hezbollah said Issawi’s “accomplishment” should serve as an example to the rest of the prisoners and “Mujahideen.”
“Hezbollah, which regards the issue of prisoners and detainees in the Zionist enemy jails as a top priority, is proud of the great success Issawi achieved in his fight against the enemy,” the statement said.
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s parliamentary bloc also praised Issawi, dubbing him a “hero.”
“The experience of struggler Issawi is a lesson for the Arabs and all the freedom fighters in the world that the power of one’s position is stronger than all occupation and oppressive regimes and stronger than the clatter of weapons,” the bloc said in a statement at the end of its weekly meeting Tuesday.
Issawi, who Israel accused of carrying out "terrorist" activities, was freed Monday after 17 months in jail.
He ended his hunger strike in April after he was taken to hospital in critical condition, in return for a promise that he would be released.
Under the terms of that deal, Issawi was due to be freed eight months from the end of his hunger strike and allowed to return to his home in Issawiya in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.