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

Israel defines them broad brush. Minor traffic violations qualify. So do normal civil acts democracies permit. 

They include belonging to legitimate political parties, demonstrating peacefully, choosing associates freely, and praying to the God of their choice.

Release terms for prisoners swapped for Shalit included "the condition that they not return to prohibited security activities."

Pardons may be revoked "due to conviction of another offense during the period of parole, or through an administrative committee authorized to examine intelligence information with only one side present to attest to the violation of the conditions."

During supportive hunger striker demonstrations, Palestinians urged Israeli soldier abductions. It's the only way to force Israel to treat its prisoners as POWs, not incarcerated criminals, they believe.

Those doing so ignore one thing. They don't understand Israel's "determination (to) thwart future deals." It does whatever it wishes. It's part of enforcing occupation harshness.

Guilt by accusation is official Israeli policy. Hass addressed it. Invented secret evidence justifies the unjustifiable. Targeted Palestinians have no rights.

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They're guilty because Israel says so. Released prisoners are vulnerable to rearrest any time. It can be for any reason or none at all. Israeli agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on. Rogue states operate that way.

Palestinians know what they're up against. Israel persecutes them ruthlessly. There's "no point wasting time on peace negotiations or searching for a historic compromise," says Hass. Achieving liberation demands other ways.

On February 20, Haaretz editorialized: "Draconian arrests of Palestinians," saying:

"There is no measure of justice or reason in jailing a man for years because he visited an adjacent neighborhood or even assumed political activity."

Rearresting 14 Palestinians freed in Gilat Shalit's swap doesn't wash. Five face 16 - 28 more years in prison. 

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Draconian harshness is unjustifiable. Slight pretexts permit it. Israel invents them when they don't exist. Palestinian victims pay dearly. Guilt by accusation is policy. Palestinians haven't a leg to stand on.

Evidence against them is secret. Hearsay qualifies. So does stuff made up. When no evidence exists, it's invented. Counsel can't contest what it doesn't know. Police state harshness is unconscionable.

"This revolving door system is not only inhuman in itself, it also undermines the agreements Israel signed and will make future deals much harder to achieve," said Haaretz.

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