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Challenging Israeli State Terror

Hana Shalabi to be freed in exchange for deportation to Gaza.

by Stephen Lendman

Among other methods, lawlessly imprisoned Palestinians do it by hunger striking. Khader Adnan got world attention. He endured 66 days before Israel agreed to release him on April 17. He continues struggling to regain health and survive.

On March 30, Hana Shalabi's 43rd hunger strike day began. She also got widespread attention. Courageous struggles for justice draw support. At times, good news follows.

On March 30, Maan News headlined, "Officials say deal reached to free Hana Shalabi," saying:

Knowledgeable officials told Maan late Thursday she'll be sent to Gaza "in exchange for giving up a 43-day strike against Israel's policy of holding detainees without charge."

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The Palestinian Prisoners Society confirmed the deal. In a statement, it praised Hana's resolve. It thanked her for drawing wide attention to Israeli lawlessness and brutal treatment of detainees. PPS head Qadoura Fares said Hana agreed to terms even though "(w)e reject deportation, but this is her decision and her own life."

Hana's lawyer, Jawad Boulos, also confirmed the agreement. One Palestinian source said it was reached "after Palestinian officials and (the ICRC) intervened to confirm (she) approved."

PA civil affairs minister, Hussein al-Sheikh, said Fatah's leadership wasn't involved in negotiations. An unnamed Israeli official said "I am aware there were negotiations of that sort" with no further elaboration.

Human rights groups and Palestinian rights activists universally condemn Israel's repressive occupation, including lawlessly imprisoning Palestinians uncharged.

On March 29, Addameer and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) said they couldn't confirm reports of Hana's release. They've had no direct contact with her for confirmation.

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They're mostly concerned with her health and "high danger on her life....used in order to threaten her to take the sole option of" deportation to live.

Addameer, PHR-I, and other human rights organizations oppose forcible deportation. Doing so violates international law. It's also "part of an Israeli policy that is not new."

Yet Israel systematically and ruthlessly persecutes Palestinians lawlessly, including "deport(ing them) from their homes and separat(ing them) from their loved ones."

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