Saturday, April 28, 2012

support the Palestinian hunger strikers

A few days ago I posted news of the mass Palestinian hunger strike involving 2000 prisoners. Today I found a petition that can be signed to support those strikers and I encourage you to sign it as I did. Palestinians outside of Israel in the occupied territories are subject to no law but that of the Israeli military. This Guantanamo justice means raids by Israeli soldiers in the middle of the night are routine, as is imprisonment with no charges and kangaroo military courts where the judge is an officer of the army that made the arrest. Prisoners can be held indefinitely and family visits are very difficult since family members must apply to Israel for permission to travel into Israel with little chance of approval. You can find detailed documentation in three of the many excellent publications from the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem: Without Trial, Kept in the Dark and Barred from Contact.

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