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Israel Reneges on Hunger Striker Deal

Rogue states don't make deals. They demand and do what they please.

by Stephen Lendman

Israel's agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on. 

Rogue states don't deal. They demand. They lie. They cheat. They betray. They're intolerant of justice and other democratic values.

On May 14, Egyptian and Palestinian representatives said Israel accepted prisoner demands in exchange for ending weeks of hunger striking.

Terms included:

Israel would make specific accusations or release administrative detainees when their terms expired.

Solitary confinement would end within 72 hours. All detainees were included.

Family visit bans would end. The punitive Shalit Law imposing them would be revoked.

Overall draconian prison conditions would improve. Details were lacking. So were assurances that deal terms would hold.

Straightaway they were violated. Administrative detentions were extended. Solitary confinement continues. So do torture and other abuses. 

Gazan detainees were transferred to where family members can't visit. Gulag conditions remain draconian. 

Prisoners should have known that negotiating with a snake assures being bitten.

Now they're back to square one. Perhaps hundreds or more will resume striking. It's their only way to get world attention. Doing it, of course, risks their health, well-being, and lives. 

It also means detainees freed may be rearrested. It's standard Israeli practice.

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