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Israel's High Court Rejects Justice

Palestinians get no justice for praying to the wrong God.

by Stephen Lendman

On May 8, hunger strikers Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh reached day 71. 

On May 7, Israel's High Court ruled let 'em die. It rejected an urgent appeal to save them. They're uncharged political prisoners, not criminals. 

Virtually all Palestinian prisoners are behind bars for political reasons. They resist to live free on their own land. International law permits it. Israel calls it terrorism. 

Its High Court agrees. Justice hasn't a chance. Arab rights don't matter. Let 'em die.

The Court ruled hunger striking "cannot in itself form a factor in the decision regarding the validity of an administrative detention." 

"Administrative detention causes unease for any judge, but it is sometimes a necessity when the revealing of intelligence gathered against the petitioner would endanger the people who gave it or the ways of gathering it."

Wrong, and justices know it! Prolonged uncharged arbitrary detention constitutes a serious breach of international law. 

Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states:

1. "Everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. No one shall be deprived of his liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with such procedures as are established by law.

2. Anyone who is arrested shall be informed, at the time of arrest, of the reasons for his arrest and shall be promptly informed of any charges against him.

4. Anyone who is deprived of his liberty by arrest or detention shall be entitled to take proceedings before a court, in order that that court may decide without delay on the lawfulness of his detention and order his release if the detention is not lawful."

Although temporarily infringing the law is permitted "in time of public emergency which threatens the life of the nation," Israel uses it consistently, abusively, and in violation of Fourth Geneva's Article 78, stating:

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