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
"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."
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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