Thursday, May 10, 2012

Palestinian hunger strikers near death.

Disgraceful treatment of prisoners kept for years without trial, access to lawyers, or having charges filed against them. Israel and the US among the world's leaders in violation of human rights. Israel does this with US backing. 2000 Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike. What does Obama think about that?

"At his family home near Hebron, his mother, Fatmeh, holds a picture of her son in happier days. No longer the lean man in the photograph, he tells them that he is wasting away in a prison hospital bed. His weight has plunged by nearly 30 kilograms, he is bleeding internally, his teeth are falling out, and he is finding it difficult to hear. A so-called administrative detainee, Mr Halahleh, 34, has been imprisoned for two years without charge, denied trial or permission to view the evidence compiled against him. Israel typically detains those it suspects of security-related offences or membership of militant organisations. Mr Halahleh and his fellow administrative detainee Bilal Diab, 27, who was seized last August and is also on hunger strike, now face what critics say is a "death sentence" after Israel's highest court rejected an appeal for their release last week."

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