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Palestinians in Ramallah take part in a rally in support of Palestinian prisoners holding a hunger strike in Israeli prisons

Contrary to the claims of NGOs, it is not true that administrative detention is “without charge.” The administrative detention laws require that the detainee be brought before a judge within a short period of time and any detention must be based upon credible evidence. All detainees have the right to challenge their detention to the Israeli Supreme Court sitting as the High Court of Justice.

An official statement by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is here.

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The release of all Palestinian Arabs imprisoned for terror-related crimes is one of the primary goals of all factions of the Palestinian movement. From an ideological and (in the case of Hamas, etc.) religious point of view, all such prisoners are ‘political’, and there is no legitimate Jewish authority anywhere in Palestine.

The truth is that these prisoners belong where they are. They are entirely responsible for their ‘plight’, and they can end it whenever they choose.

Originally published at http://fresnozionism.org/2012/05/palestinian-hunger-strikers-not-innocent/

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