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Palestinian Hunger Strikes Continue

Israel violates every deal it makes. That's how rogue governments act.

by Stephen Lendman

Over 2,000 Palestinian hunger strikers redefined courage. Their willingness to die for justice was unprecedented.

On May 14, an Egyptian brokered deal was reached. Strike leaders and Israel Prison Service (IPS) officials agreed on terms. They included:

Israel would make specific accusations or release administrative detainees on expiration of their terms.

Solitary confinement would end within 72 hours. All detainees were included.

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Family visit bans would end. The punitive Shalit Law would be revoked.

Overall prison conditions would improve.

Deals made with Israel aren't worth the paper they're written on. This one proved no different. Violations occurred almost immediately. 

Over two dozen administratively detained Palestinians got renewed sentences. Nothing warrants them. They were promised release. Israel reneged.

Hussein Abu Kweik is affected. He spent 12 years in prison. In 2002, he survived an assassination attempt. It killed his wife and three children. Israel bears full responsibility. It was cold-blooded murder. Israel's done it hundreds of times. It's official policy.

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After earlier release, Kweik was again arrested on May 31, 2011. He's uncharged. He was promised freedom when his term expires. It was just extended another six months.

On June 2, 2011, Husam Khader was arrested. He's detained uncharged. He also was promised release. His term was just extended. He and other administrative detainees can be held indefinitely without charge or trial.

Hamas MP Mohammad Natshe is detained. No charges were made. He's imprisoned for political reasons. He was promised release. His term was extended another four months. When it expires, it'll be renewed again. Other wrongfully detained Palestinians can expect similar treatment.

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