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Medical Neglect in Israeli Prisons

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(3) "Classic" criminal offenses

(4) Illegal presence in Israel

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(5) Traffic offenses

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Broadly defined ones criminalize many aspects of Palestinian life. Belonging to the wrong political party risks prosecution. Displaying a Palestinian flag is considered illegal. 

Peacefully demonstrating is called disrupting public order. Meeting or socializing with a member of a declared illegal association risks being charged with supporting a terrorist organization.

Dozens of other non-threatening aspects of daily life are criminalized. Real democratic societies permit them. Not in Palestine. Not in Israel for Arab citizens.

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Prison life for Muslims is hell. Horrific conditions include severe overcrowding, poor ventilation and sanitation, no change of clothes, adequate clothing, wooden planks with thin mattresses and filthy blankets, inadequate food in terms of quality, quantity or conformance with dietary requirements, poor medical care, and restricted or no access to family members and counsel.

Isolation is worse. Alone or with one other prisoner, lockdown runs 23 hours daily. Most cells are 1.5 by 2 meters to 3 by 3.5. Little light or air gets in. Conditions resemble entombment. International law is violated.

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