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    Hunger strike woman still determined http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/england/newsid_2033000/2033296.stm Josie Sandercock: Suffering from low blood
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 8, 2002
      Hunger strike woman 'still determined'


      Josie Sandercock: Suffering from low blood pressure

      The mother of a university lecturer held in an Israeli
      prison, has spoken to her daughter for the first time
      since she was arrested. Josie Sandercock, a medical
      researcher at Birmingham University, was determined to
      act as a human shield in support of the Palestinian

      But when Israeli troops arrested her, she went on
      hunger strike in protest.

      She has now managed to phone her mother, Jean Rogers,
      saying she felt in "reasonable spirits" but had been
      suffering from low blood pressure.

      Speaking on BBC Radio Norfolk, Mrs Rogers, from King's
      Lynn, said her daughter had managed to contact her
      using a phone card.

      She said her daughter was being helped by some
      Palestinian women.

      "Some of the Palestinians are bringing her salt
      because the hunger strike has left her with low blood

      "She is not being badly treated but the worst thing is
      that she is not allowed out of her cell except for one
      hour a day."

      Little information

      The family has also been contacted by a British
      consular official and Ms Sandercock's Israeli lawyer
      who revealed that her deportation hearing will take
      place on Sunday.

      Mrs Rogers described her feelings of "powerlessness",
      saying she felt "terribly lacking in information".

      Miss Sandercock, from Bearwood, near Birmingham,
      started her hunger strike after claiming that she was
      being held in Ramle Prison, near Tel Aviv, without

      Her mother said: "Josie is not a serial protestor but
      this is a cause that she has taken up in the last

      "She has an inate sense of fairness and justice and
      has had the courage to go there and try to make a

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