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Hana Shalabi: Not Quite Free at Last

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Hana Shalabi: Not Quite Free at Last

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Deported to Gaza, her punishment continues.

by Stephen Lendman

After ignoring her entire hunger striking ordeal, her lawless detention, and weeks of Israeli ruthlessness, The New York Times finally acknowledged she exists, but little more.

On April 1, The Times headlined "Israel Frees Palestinian Detainee After Hunger Strike of Weeks," saying:

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Hana "was released from an Israeli prison on Sunday and sent into temporary exile in Gaza under a deal reached with the Israeli authorities."

The Times regurgitated baseless Israeli accusations, but admitted she was detained uncharged. The article provided sketchy information about what Palestinians endure, but fell woefully short of explaining it properly, let alone decades of Israeli oppression.

Conditionally released from detention, Hana's far from free. Maan News explained headlining, "Hana Shalabi arrives in Gaza," saying:

She "was escorted Sunday through the Erez crossing between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip...."

She agreed to live in exile three years. Palestinian officials condemned her deportation. One day's too much, but Israel plans never letting her back in the West Bank. 

Numerous past conditional release deals were violated. Expect Hana to be cheated the same way. Israel makes but ignores deals. Moreover, even in Gaza exile, she's vulnerable to rearrest or targeted assassination. 

Her parents and relatives got an hour with her before Israel whisked her off. On arrival, she was welcomed and taken to Shifa Hospital. Her condition was described as no longer life-threatening. On March 29, she again began eating.

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From Ramla Prison clinic, former hunger striker Khader Adnan messaged her through his lawyer. He said she inspired other lawlessly detained Palestinians. Deporting her is wrong, he added, but at least Hana's released and can begin her slow recovery process. Khader understands. He's painfully undergoing his own.

In a joint statement, Addameer and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) expressed alarm about Hana's deportation three days after ending her hunger strike. 

They also condemned Israel's refusal to let both organizations see her before her release. 

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