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Judicial fairness is absent. Military judges cook the books. Whatever commanders want, they approve. Children are as vulnerable as adults. Israel reflects the worst of police state harshness.

On February 17, Haaretz contributor Amira Hass headlined "Fourteen Palestinians released in Gilad Shalit deal back in Israeli jails," saying:

"Changes in military law allow IDF and Shin Bet to rearrest any released prisoner until the end of his or her original sentence, on the slightest pretext, and often relying on secret evidence."

Four longterm hunger strikers upset Palestinians more than other elements of occupation harshness.

Two are uncharged administrative detainees. The others were part of the Shalit deal.

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."

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