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Continuing Palestinian Hunger Strikes


Israel violated agreement with hunger strikers.

by Stephen Lendman

Israel mocks democratic freedoms. Force-fed occupation injustice reveals its true face. It rivals the world's worst tyrannies. Scoundrel media cover-ups can't change facts.

Mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strikes persisted for weeks. Some lasted over two months. Miraculously no one died. Victories remain elusive. Negotiations produced Israeli promises to ease prison harshness. In return, most strikers resumed eating.

Pledges made are easily broken. Israel's history proves its word is worthless. Palestinians have no rights, in or out of prison. Racism is policy. So is institutionalized persecution and violence against non-Jews. Arabs are despised. 

Even Jews aren't spared it they challenge government authority too far. No wonder many vote with their feet and leave. Like America, Israel is no fit place to live in. For Palestinians, it's hell.

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On May 24, Addameer headlined "Mahmoud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi still on hunger strike as Israel's violations continue," saying:

"Israel has already violated the terms of the agreement addressing the demands of approximately 2,000 Palestinian political prisoners just over one week since they ended their historic mass hunger strike."

Agreements with Israel aren't worth the paper they're written on. Eventually they're violated entirely. Hunger strikers are betrayed like all Palestinians, past and present. 

Two prisoners remain on strike. Their health seriously deteriorated. They're denied independent care. Ramleh Prison physicians make witch doctors look good by comparison. They're charlatans. They betray their Hippocratic Oath to practice medicine ethically and responsibly.

Mahmoud is a member of Palestine's national football team. Three years ago, he was imprisoned uncharged. On May 25, he began day 68 without food. He's protesting against lawless detention uncharged under Israel's draconian Unlawful Combatants Law (UCL). 

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Without evidence, it's imposed based on "a reasonable basis" to believe Palestinians belong to a hostile group belligerently confronting Israel. 

UCL is similar to George Bush's "unlawful enemy combatant" designation. In 2009, terminology switched to "unprivileged enemy belligerent." Language changed, but not intent. Detainees lose all rights. Israel and America replicate the worst of each other.

Legal obligations don't matter. Targeted victims lose out entirely. Both countries wage war on Islam. State terror is official policy.

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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