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Little is done to help political prisoners rotting in Israel's gulag.

On September 2, Addameer headlined "Imminent danger to lives of hunger strikers Samer Al-Barq and Hassan Safadi." As of September 10, Samer's been hunger striking for 112 days. It followed his previous 30 day abstinence.

Hassan's on his 82nd day. Previously he hunger struck for 71 days. At issue is long denied justice. Both men risk dying for it. On August 30, Addameer lawyer Fares Ziad visited them and Ayman Sharawna. He's refused food for 72 days.

Samer was too weak to meet with Fares or get out of bed. All three are in imminent danger. Hassan experiences extreme fatigue, can't sleep, and instead falls unconscious two or three times daily. He suffers from numerous life-threatening problems. He's also experiencing chronic upper waist and joint pain.

When hospitalized, their arms and legs are painfully shackled to beds. Soldiers guard them at all times. Israel bears full responsibility for their condition and death if they don't survive.

On September 7, Samer's father protested at Egypt's Ramallah embassy. "Every minute matters," he said. He's been hunger striking since April 17. Dignity and freedom matter more than food.

Israel won't let family members see him. Samer's father is bearing up best he can. His mother is traumatized and depressed. She's been hospitalized over what's happened to her son. He's held lawlessly uncharged. 

International pressure for him, Hassan, Ayman, and a fourth hunger striker is absent. World leaders able to make a difference don't care if they live or die. They've said nothing about torture, other physical abuse, isolation, and denial of adequate medical care.

Israel renewed Samer's uncharged administrative detention seven times. He can be kept imprisoned lawlessly indefinitely. Perhaps death alone can free him. His father believes only a miracle can save him. Israel is slowly killing him.

Addameer, Al Haq and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel urge immediate international community intervention to help him and others refusing food. They want justice long denied.

One phone call from Obama could do it. Instead, he lets Netanyahu roll him over. He caves on Palestinian issues. They're off his radar. He doesn't give a damn. The Democrat party platform threw them under the bus. AIPAC demanded it. They complied.

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman obliquely reflected it saying "I bring my love of Israel to work every day." Saying it relegates Palestinians to sub-human status. Republicans and Democrats both express no concern for Palestinian suffering. 

On September 8, Israeli soldiers violently assaulted four Palestinian workers. They were traveling to their construction jobs in Israel.

Their car was stopped. Soldiers beat them viciously. All four required hospitalization. They have arm, leg and head injuries.

The previous day, Israeli soldiers kidnapped four Palestinians, including two young children. They were playing near the Hebron City Council in Hebron's Old City. Their whereabouts is unknown. Two men were seized. Soldiers forcibly entered their homes and arrested them. No reasons why are known.

Also on September 7, soldiers violently attacked dozens of nonviolent Bil'in village protesters. They do it weekly. Israel's Annexation Wall is stealing their land and isolating them.

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