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After deal, Israel still jailing Palestinians without charge
Published Monday 28/05/2012 (updated) 31/05/2012 14:23
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A girl holds a portrait of a Palestinian held in an Israeli jail
during celebrations after a deal to end a hunger strike was
agreed, in Ramallah on May 14. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)

RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- An Egyptian-brokered deal that ended a mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has failed to meet hopes that Israel would change its policy of detention without trial.

In the two weeks since some 2,000 inmates agreed to end their hunger strike, more than 25 prisoners have either been rearrested after their release or had their six-month "administrative detention" terms renewed, Palestinian officials said on Monday.

The new detention figures, relating to Palestinians suspected of security offenses, are largely in line with past statistics during a two-week time frame, the officials said.

Under the deal, Israel agreed to reduce solitary confinement and increase family visits. The agreement contained no explicit mechanisms for ending detention without trial, but prisoners and negotiators believed it compelled Israel to curtail the practice and refer more cases to open courts.

"We think that the Palestinian side and the Egyptian side made the same mistake, which is leaving the Israeli side to determine what the language of the agreement means," said Mourad Jadallah, a representative of the prisoner advocacy group Addameer based in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli prison officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Detention without trial has drawn international criticism. Israel says the practice is necessary because some cases cannot be brought to open court for fear of exposing Palestinian intelligence sources who have cooperated with Israel.

"Israel has taken our understandings to the furthest possible extreme," Jawad Boulos, one of the attorneys, told Palestinian radio. "This is sad, painful and angering, not just for us but for the prisoners who have had their terms extended three or four times."

Most of the 2,000 striking prisoners fasted for a month. But several others had refused food for up to 77 days - raising fears in Israel of a bloody Palestinian backlash if any of them died. Israel holds some 4,800 Palestinians in its jails.

Two prisoners refused to accept the deal, and remain on hunger strike. One of them, Mahmoud al-Sarsak, a football player from Gaza detained by Israel as an "unlawful combatant", has not eaten for 71 days.

In a desert prison in southern Israel, several dozen Hamas members detained without trial have threatened an open-ended hunger strike unless they are released, according to a handwritten letter seen by Reuters.
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1 ) Julie / USA
28/05/2012 19:54
NEVER leave the language of any deal up to zionazi izraelis, they speak with the forked tongue of a snake and sport swastikas on their dead hearts, both inherited from daddy Hitler

2 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
28/05/2012 21:56
@1) Julie/USA, ATTA WOMAN, JULIE !!! ... WHAT A HELL OF A BRILLIANT WOMAN !!! ... Somebody give her a set of tabouli recipes for OUTSTANDING journalistic reviews !!! ... Point is: I hate to admit it but she's RIGHT about 1 point--if we DO share the blame for failing to be more specific and honor our obligations (AND intentions) under the agreement we're making jackasses of ourselves. When an agreement is settled, it is EVERYBODY'S responsibility to carefully REVIEW it and MAKE SURE it (cont.)

3 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
28/05/2012 22:11
says what it MEANS and means what it SAYS. So WHO IN THE HELL on the Palestinian side was responsible for reviewing it on behalf of the Palestinian prisoners and their advocates ??? ... The Palestinian negotiators are NOT stupid, are they ??? ... Mourad Jadallah, the prisoner group representative and Jawad Boulos, their attorney, CAN READ, CAN'T THEY ??? ... Our Mossad is not stupid, either, about the consequences of releasing Palestinians who have been captured because of cooperation (cont.)

4 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
28/05/2012 22:25
with other Palestinian informants who have "helped" us but detention without charge is WRONG to continue for more than, say, 7 days. If we fail to charge them--and, if done, bring them into court within "reasonable" time (30 days, maximum)--within 7 days we'll never know WHAT in the hell to charge them with and despite the dangers I have to admit they should be released. Detention without charge may have very serious merits for us but justice comes FIRST.

5 ) @Yehuda / Palestine
28/05/2012 22:47
Sir, the 'Palestinian' negotiators are PA officials, and their loyalty lies with the Zionist occupation, not with the Palestinian people. Khader Adnan for example, said that the deal agreed upon with the Zionist prison authorities was not the deal he wanted. He was not the only one. His lawyer was a PA man. Hope this cleared things up.

6 ) Mel / USA
28/05/2012 23:03
Boulos expected US-garrison/militarist Ziostan to play fair??
That's like expecting Hitler to shut off the gas chambers! Israel SURVIVES by enclaving/imprisoning the occupied majority.Recall the words of Ze'ev Jabotinsky in 1925,"If you wish to colonize a land in which people are already living, you must provide a garrison...a benefactor..Zionism is a colonizing venture...it stands or falls on...armed forces..".And USG/UKG(benefactors)allow its Zio-Junta,to do as it wishes,to WEAKEN ARAB UNITY!

7 ) AKeenReader / UK
28/05/2012 23:05
#1-julie/USA..... you are absolutely right and I couldn't agree with you more. Israeli's continue to back track on their decisions once prisoners give up their hunger strike. I would urge Palestinians not to believe Israeli's anymore. Once bitten twice shy, but in case of Palestinians it happens to them more often than normal. Even the French & US presidents didn't have any good words for Nutt-anyahu in private despite their unwavering support in public. That sums it all

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
29/05/2012 03:07
Lucy and the football again. When are you going to get it through your heads? Israel will never honor any commitment. She and those who support her are congenitally dishonest. If Israel says something, all it means is that she would find it convenient if you believed her.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
29/05/2012 04:34
Poor Yehuda Solomon #2-4. Pity the man with some sense of intellectual integrity who finds himself hitched to a sink of dishonesty and viciousness as depraved as Israel. He struggles so hard. It's almost touching.

10 ) Julie / USA
29/05/2012 10:24
#3 - i'd say your mossad are pretty damn retarded as their tactics do nothing but ultimately destroy izrael in the eyes of the world while simultaneously isolating izrahell and increasing world rejection of and hate against it. duh!

11 ) Karsten Hartog / Netherlands
29/05/2012 11:04
there is almost no sanity left in israeli authority

12 ) Outsider / EU
29/05/2012 11:24
2) Agreed.

13 ) Tibi / Tubas
29/05/2012 15:41
I read that the Israeli agreement was just NOT TO RENEW exisiting
detentions of Palestinians that were jailed without being charged, which is:
- Neither a promise to stop jailing Palestinians without charges,
- Nor a promise NOT to re-arrest Palestinians after release without charges!!

And, Palestinians will NEVER be in a position to get a better agreement,
regarding prisoners now, Nor statehood later !!

14 ) @ Julie-10 / USA too
29/05/2012 15:50
You really need a lesson in basic Reality, where it seems that
YOU "are pretty damn retarded as their tactics do" NOT reflect reality,
since the situation that has existed for decades is likely to continue,
for decades more, & possibly even centuries more, without either "destroying or isolating izrael in the eyes of the world".

You are free to enjoy your fantasies, and
Palestinians are free to endure their reality too,
until they accept peace, on terms acceptable to Israel.

15 ) southparkbear / usa
29/05/2012 19:05
hehehe, must be an excellent agreement

16 ) Julie / USA
30/05/2012 15:10
more lies and denial, i rest my case! troll
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