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Militarized occupation harshness criminalizes normal aspects of daily life. Belonging to wrong political party risks prosecution. So does displaying Palestinian symbols.

Peacefully demonstrating is considered disrupting public order. Associating with a member of an illegal group is called supporting terrorism.

Dozens of other normal civic life activities are criminalized. Arrests often follow. So do abusive administrative detentions.

Victims can be held indefinitely uncharged. Due process is denied. Three Israeli laws authorize what demands condemnation:

  • the Order Regarding Administrative Detention;

  • the Emergency Powers Law for Israel; and

  • the Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law.

Prolonged arbitrary detention breaches international law. Doing so is official Israeli policy. Hundreds of Palestinians are currently detained. Thousands were abused this way previously. 

Commanders have discretionary authority. They may order anyone detained they say threatens public security with or without evidence. Their word is law.

Most detentions last six months. They can be arbitrarily extended repeatedly. Longterm uncharged incarcerations often follow. 

Judicial fairness is absent. Military judges cook the books. Whatever commanders want, they approve. Children are as vulnerable as adults. Israel reflects the worst of police state harshness.

On February 17, Haaretz contributor Amira Hass headlined "Fourteen Palestinians released in Gilad Shalit deal back in Israeli jails," saying:

"Changes in military law allow IDF and Shin Bet to rearrest any released prisoner until the end of his or her original sentence, on the slightest pretext, and often relying on secret evidence."

Four longterm hunger strikers upset Palestinians more than other elements of occupation harshness.

Two are uncharged administrative detainees. The others were part of the Shalit deal.

Authorities lied. So did various media reports. They said rearrested Palestinians returned to terrorist activities. 

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