The video, broadcast by the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), today, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, of the 34-year-old Israeli prisoner Hisham Al-Sayed, brought to the fore again the issue of prisoners held by Hamas and the file of the exchange deal.

Hours after al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida announced that Hamas had “deteriorated the health of an Israeli prisoner of the enemy,” the movement showed for the first time video clips of Hisham al-Sayed, who entered the Gaza Strip and was captured in April 2015.

Who is Hisham El-Sayed?

Al-Sayed comes from a Bedouin family, and is the eldest of eight brothers and sisters. He was born and raised in the derecognized village of Al-Sayed, which was later merged with the town of Hura in the occupied Negev.

Al-Sayed entered the Gaza Strip on April 20, 2015, through a gap in the security fence.

As soon as it was confirmed that Al-Sayed was captured by Hamas, his family proceeded to declare to the media that her son Hisham suffers from mental illnesses and his health condition is bad, and she categorically denied that her son Hisham served in the Israeli army or volunteered in any of the Israeli security services.

Israeli documents show that Hisham al-Sayed was not a soldier in the Israeli army, as they indicate that al-Sayed volunteered for military service on August 18, 2008, but was released on November 6, 2008 after he was found “unfit to serve” for health reasons. and psychic.

Hisham El-Sayed finished his secondary education, but he was weak in education and academic achievement, and he did not achieve the marks that would qualify him to complete his education;

Then his beginnings in construction work with his father, where he worked for a short period in the workshops, after which he refrained from work and stayed at home, and his family said that his psychological condition worsened and he began to suffer from mental difficulties, and was described as "mentally deranged."

He spent a long time at home and in the bosom of the family, where he spent a lot of time watching television, listening to music, oriental in particular, and often wandering in the town lanes and entering the shops unintentionally shopping and buying, where he seemed eccentric and behaved, but he He did no harm to anyone he encountered.

Documents from his medical file - at an Israeli clinic - show that al-Sayed has been suffering from hearing problems, and since 2007 has become deaf, as well as dizziness and tinnitus. Medical documents reviewed by Human Rights Watch indicated that he has been suffering, since 2009, from a "personality disorder." and unspecified emotional and behavioral disorders.

severe mental disorder

In 2010, Hisham El-Sayed was diagnosed with a "severe mental disorder", while the final diagnosis of his mental state in 2013 revealed that he suffers from "schizophrenia".

And the master always told the doctors that there was a voice in his head telling him what to do, and he couldn't control it;

The files showed that the Israeli police arrested him as he jumped from a fence in Tel Aviv, in order to get to Palestinian taxis to take him to Jordan, where he said on another occasion, after being investigated for a similar incident, that he “wanted to go to Jordan or Thailand and live there, To see Muslims and Jews together.

Despite his mental illness and the disorders he was suffering from, between 2008 and 2013, his tracks were lost several times in Egypt and Jordan, where Hisham El-Sayed traveled more than once to Jordan and there his tracks were lost, and he was found, and his tracks were lost many times in Egypt, He was returned to the country after the Jordanian and Egyptian authorities handed him over to the Israeli authorities.

On April 20, 2015, al-Sayed left his family home in Hura without telling any of his family members where he had gone, and he was absent for several days and did not return home. The family was informed that he had been captured by Hamas, and the family is awaiting an exchange deal to which al-Sayed would be able to return.