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Walid Hanatsheh: Palestinian Prisoner of Conscience

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PFLP's strategic aim is Palestinian liberation "from Zionist colonial occupation." In addition, it wants Palestinian democracy with Jerusalem its capital. It advocates a state "guarant(eeing) legal rights and equality of opportunity to all citizens, without discrimination on the grounds of religion, sex, belief or color."

Opposing Zionism and imperialism, it also seeks pan-Arab democratic unity. 

Israel calls PLFP members terrorists for wanting to live free on their own land in their own country. Popular resistance continues courageously to achieve it.

Israel's military court of appeals upheld Hanatsheh's lower court injustice. However, the High Court of Justice reversed it saying "we have come to the conclusion that in this case, (new) information tips the scale in favor of some extension of the detention."

As a result, it ordered him held another three months. In December 2005 he was released. In January 2009, he was again arrested, administratively detained, and held lawlessly for one year. 

Ruthless Israeli Injustice

When targeted Palestinians are uncharged, injustice follows. 

Administrative detentions are authorized by Military Order 1651 (2009). It codified previously issued Criminal Code orders. It consolidated ones issued since 1967, relating to arrests, detentions, and prosecutions.

Military Order 1651 replaced 20 previous diktats from 1967 - 2005, including Military Order 378. It established Occupied Palestine's military courts, violating civil judicial rights. It also replaced Military Order 132 on "judging juvenile delinquents." As a result, children young as six are arrested and treated like adults. When imprisoned, permanent trauma often results. 

Military Order 1651 also replaced MO 1591. It established administrative detention standards, giving commanders authority to hold Palestinians up to six months with limitless extensions. As of May 1, 2010, they may order detentions based on "reasonable grounds to presume that the security of the area or public security require" them.

In other words, saying so without evidence justifies them. Justice Israeli-style replicates the worst police state practices. It's continued for decades without end. 

As a result, an entire population is terrorized for praying to the wrong God. World leaders yawn and ignore it. America provides generous support. Annually it increases while homeland needs go begging.

Hanatsheh Arrested for Fourth Time

On November 22, 2011, 20 soldiers, an intelligence officer, and unidentified masked man stormed his home at 1:30AM. Without cause, he was again arrested and held.

On November 30, he was ordered detained for six months. Administrative detentions use secret evidence, unavailable to victims and counsel. As a result, they can't challenge alleged evidence in violation of international humanitarian law.

It permits limited use of administrative detentions in emergency situations, but requires authorities follow basic rules and procedures. They include due process hearings at which detainees may challenge why they're held. Israel spurns all international law. As a result, Palestinians like Hanatsheh suffer.

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