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IOF raids different areas of Al-Khalil in search of missing soldiers

3 Israeli soldiers went missing near Hebron

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Administrative detainees fighting their hunger battle for 55th day running FEATURED STORY

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Human Rights Centre: Israel brutally humiliating hospitalised prisoners on hunger strike

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Palestinian prisoners refuse settlement as hunger strike sets record ARTICLES P12

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Issue No : 96

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CONTENTS News of Palestine

Administrative detainees fighting their hunger battle for 55th day running 4 3 Israeli soldiers went missing near Hebron 5 Human Rights Centre: Israel brutally humiliating hospitalised prisoners on hunger strike 6 Israel discovers a tunnel dug by Palestinian prisoners in Shatta prison 7 PA security forces arrest supporters of hunger strikers in West Bank 8 Report: Friday in Occupied Jerusalem 9 Leaked recording reveals Palestinian chief negotiator slamming Abbas 10 New Israeli plan to build 182 housing units in Pisgat Ze›ev settlement 11

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UPM students express solidarity with hunger strikers

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ARTICLES Palestinian prisoners refuse settlement as hunger strike sets record

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News of Palestine

Administrative detainees fighting their hunger battle for 55th day running

17/6/2014 Palestinian administrative detainees have entered the 55th day of their open-ended hunger strike to pressure their jailers to end their illegal detention without indictment or trial. Consequently, many hunger strikers have been exposed to punitive measures and conďŹ ned to isolation areas by their jailers in an attempt to force them to break their strike. In a related incident, the reported missing of three Israeli soldiers on Friday in the West Bank made the day of the prisoners and their families, who hope that they are held by the Palestinian resistance for future swap deals with Israel. An Israeli satellite channel said that some prisoners held small parties in jails and rejoiced over the disappearance of the settlers.

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IOF raids different areas of Al-Khalil in search of missing soldiers

3 Israeli soldiers went missing near Hebron

15/6/2014 The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Sunday stormed different areas of Al-Khalil province, as part of a widespread security campaign that started three days ago to scour the West Bank for three Israeli soldiers believed to be captured by Palestinian resistance. A large number of Israeli soldiers raided homes in other areas of Al-Khalil, including Khalat Hadour, Hawouz, Assalam street, Ras Al-Jura, Halhoul, Akabat Tafouh and Aroub refugee camp, according to local sources. The Israeli raids in Al-Khalil took place amid intensive military overflights. The IOF soldiers also intensified their security measures in Al-Khalil, deployed more roadblocks throughout the city and its surrounding areas, and turned the city into a closed military zone. The Israeli army arrested 80 Hamas leaders in the security campaign, the IsraeliChannel 7 reported. According to the Israeli army’s radio channel, the army rounded up senior leaders of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad early today. Hamas sources told Anadolu news agency that the arrests targeted at least 75 leaders, including Hassan Youssef, as well as ex-ministers, MPs, and freed prisoners. Violent clashes between young men and Israeli soldiers took place yesterday in Kanar and Senjer areas between Al-Khalil city and Dura town. The Israeli occupation army also declared that all residents of Al-Khalil province would be banned from travelling outside their residential areas until the completion of all search operations.

Source: Agencies

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Human Rights Centre: Israel brutally humiliating hospitalised prisoners on hunger strike 15/6/2014

The Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Adalah and Physicians for Human Rights have sent an urgent message to the Israeli Ministry of Health and hospital managers demanding they immediately stop handcuffing prisoners on hunger strike who are transferred to their hospitals. The centre said, in a statement on Thursday, that hospitalised prisoners are shackled to bed by their hands and feet 24 hours a day. The prisoners are prevented from movement at all times which further complicates their already deteriorating health. More than eighty Palestinian administrative prisoners who have been on hunger strike for over 50 days were ferred to stay in jail instead of going to the hospital. transferred to Israeli hospiAdalah attorney Sawsan Zaher said in a statement that “prisoners tals. on hunger strike are handcuffed and their movement is restricted, Adalah and Physicians for especially their access to toilets which represent a humiliating torture Human Rights demanded that would deteriorate their health”. The statement added that “the that all dangerous restric- prisoners’ physical condition does not allow them to move naturally, tions imposed on prisoners therefore, the restraint is used, in fact, as a means of revenge against including their most basic them as part of the Israeli attempt to break their strike.” humanitarian needs such as using a toilet, especially at The statement emphasised that “medical treatment” in such circumnight, be stopped. Hospital stances contrasts radically with the medical ethical obligations of and prison staff claim they hospitals and doctors and most importantly with their commitment to do not have enough wardens the dignity and rights of the patient, according to the laws and rights to accompany prisoners to of the patient and according to the rules of medical ethics developed by the World Medical Association. the toilet in at night. The hunger strikers are only “All these commitments prevent workers in medical institutions from consuming water increasing committing any punitive, brutal or humiliating practices against patheir need to use the toilet tients, which are in fact committed by Israel against the prisoners. more urgently. After visit- These practices fall unequivocally within the frame of “illegal toring the prisoners on hunger ture” and in total contradiction with the terms of the World Convenstrike, Adalah said that a tion against torture” the statement said. majority of prisoners pre6 |

Source: ALRAY

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Israel discovers a tunnel dug by Palestinian prisoners in Shatta prison

13/6/2014 Israel’s Walla news website reported that Israel Prison Service, IPS, had discovered on Thursday a tunnel dug by Palestinian prisoners detained in Shatta Prison. The website said that the prison authorities had announced a state of emergency and summoned a large force from the Nachshon Unit to evacuate all prisoners to other prisons. The site revealed that Palestinian prisoners in Shatta maximum security prison were preparing to try to escape by digging a tunnel underneath the sections within a diameter of up to half a meter deep and four meters long. The Israeli Intelligence Service arrived at the prison and began an intensive inspection operation where they found clothes and a stick belonging to the IPS hidden in one of the sections which looked like it would assist in the escape and harm the prison guards. The site pointed out that the prison authorities and the Shin Bet security service began to investigate every possible scenario of the tunnel’s use including the possibility of digging it for other purposes such as to conceal items prohibited by the prison service. IPS in Shatta Prison moved all the prisoners in the afternoon hastily to Megiddo and Gilboa prisons without reasons, in the presence of large numbers of police and army prison. The Shatta prison holds 120 prisoners

Source: AlRAY

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PA security forces arrest supporters of hunger strikers in West Bank

12/6/2014 The Palestinian Authority security services in the occupied West Bank arrested 28 activists and journalists in 48 hours and summoned seven others, including senior Hamas officials. All the activists, journalists and Hamas officials were arrested for reasons related to activities carried out in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 50 days. Female activists and Hamas members were also attacked. In Ramallah, the security services arrested a number of university students during their participation in solidarity activities with hunger strikers. In response, the Islamic Bloc, Hamas’ student arm, started an open-ended sit-in in Berziet University’s campus. They also arrested Islam Faqha, nephew of Palestinian parliamentarian Abduljaber Faqha who was arrested by the Israeli occupation. In the same city, they arrested cameraman Mo’az Amarneh after he refused to hand over the material he’d recorded. The sons of Parliamentarian Hasan Yousef and Hamas leader Jamal Al-Taweel, who is on hunger strike in Israeli jails, were also arrested. In Nablus, the security services arrested Hamas senior leader Sheikh Nazih Abu Oun after they beat and dragged him on the ground. Medical reports showed that Abu Oun suffered severally after being slapped in the face.

Source: MEMO 8 |

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Report: Friday in Occupied Jerusalem

14/6/2014 The Israeli occupation has again stepped up its closure policies in East Jerusalem and around al-Aqsa mosque over recent weeks amidst ongoing colonisation projects and renewed calls from extremist Zionist groups to demolish the mosque in order to build the ‘Third Jewish Temple’. Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza cannot reach Jerusalem without special travel permits that are issued by the Occupation. These restrictions usually apply to Palestinian men under 50 and women under 45. Such permits require specific reasons such as urgent hospital appointments to have any chance of success and are often still refused even in emergencies. Recently, reports have stated that new rules have been imposed allowing only Palestinians with either Jerusalem ID or Israeli citizenship to enter the mosque although these restrictions are not yet being implemented every day. On some recent days, nobody under the age of 45 has been allowed to enter alAqsa irrespective of ID status. This has been applied to Palestinians as well as Muslims with foreign passports. Palestinians have on regularly been forced to leave their ID cards at the entrance to the mosque before entering. Checkpoints have been installed around

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the Old City to impose these policies. In some cases, people have been prevented from even entering the Old City area on Fridays without meeting various age limit and ID status restrictions (which already prevented most Palestinians from the West Bank and virtually all from Gaza from reaching Jerusalem). Such policies not only prevent religious freedoms but also strangle the Old City itself including its economy, identity and culture. Palestinians continue to carry our regular protests against the occupation’s policies in East Jerusalem. The recent ‘Global March to Jerusalem’ was one such event which was tolerated by the Occupation. Conversely, a planned protest in solidarity with Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners was prevented when a wide blockade of the Old City and its surrounding area was enforced on May 30th with flying checkpoints preventing people even reaching the Old City walls. Following Friday prayers on Friday June 13th the Occupation forces were much less evident than on previous weeks before the prayers, yet as a demonstration broke out in solidarity with the hunger-strikers after the prayers occupation forces invaded the mosque compound shooting rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades towards worshippers as they attempted to leave. 28 people were injured during these attacks and 8 people were detained. East Jerusalem is recognised by the international community as the capital of the future Palestinian state. Israel denies this fact and refers to Jerusalem as the ‘undivided and eternal capital of Israel’ as it continues to colonise as much of the city as possible whilst implementing policies which aim to deny Palestinian access to, as existence in, Jerusalem.

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Leaked recording reveals Palestinian chief negotiator slamming Abbas

12/6/2014

Abbas is 79 years old, for how long will he live? He should take a stance and protect the Palestinian national project,” the Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat can be heard saying in a leaked audio recording published by Awraq network news site yesterday.

In the audio recording Erekat is heard laying harsh criticisms against the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the steps he has taken in pursuit of peace. He added: “This [Palestine] is not his own property. This is a homeland, this is Palestine and this is bigger people. He [Abbas] does not listen to me. I submitted my resignation twice. Does Abbas want to become like Bashar Al-Assad and Saddam Hussein. This way of work is impractical. Abu Mazen [Abbas] has cards in his hands that he can use; all he has to do is sign the applications to join UN organisations.” Erekat described angrily how Abbas refused to join the Rome Treaty, the International Criminal Court and the High Court of Justice, saying that it was through these agreements that the Palestinian Authority, which became a state recognised by the United Nations, could prosecute Israeli leaders as war criminals.

his and Abu Mazen’s positions on this matter, during the Palestine Liberation Organisation Executive Committee meeting, the result was 13 votes in his favour and four votes in Abbas’ favour, however, Abbas insisted on putting a stop to it. Erekat said he told Abu Mazen “Netanyahu did not leave to you any authority and that you [Abbas] need permission from an Israeli army officer to travel to Jordan and have to determine the number of cars accompanying you.” He continued saying that the Israelis intentionally humiliate Abbas. The negotiator demanded Abbas dismantle the Palestinian Authority saying “the PA was created only to transfer the Palestinian people from occupation to independence and today Netanyahu did not leave us anything to rule, then let him assume his responsibilities as an occupying power. Palestine is not for the Palestinians only; it is for every Arab and Muslim.” Erekat criticised the PA’s security coordination with Israel and pointed out that there is a new generation of security coordination which has no benefits, saying: “They are bringing up a new generation of security coordination. They are warning us of everything, but for what?! I cooperated and coordinated with Israel and recognised Israel but Netanyahu is a useless man! Netanyahu is not interested in peace with us.” He concluded by saying: “I mean how can I ask [US President] Obama or [France’s Foreign Minister] Fabius, I should better ask my president [Abbas].”

The audio clearly reveals the intensity of anger felt by the Palestinian “If this happened,” he ex- leadership regarding Abbas’ unwillingness to take practical steps to plained, “Netanyahu would not join the International Criminal Court and try Israeli leaders as war be able to travel anywhere in criminals. the world.” Erekat and the Palestinian presidency were not immediately availWhen he requested a vote on able for comment.

Source: MEMO 10 |

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New Israeli plan to build 182 housing units in Pisgat Ze›ev settlement 14/6/2014 The Israel land authority has announced recently tenders for the building of 182 housing units in Pisgat Ze’ev settlement, east Jerusalem, the Hebrew newspaper Kol Ha’ir said The newspaper added on Friday that three companies won the construction bids to expand Pisgat Ze’ev. According to the newspaper, there is also an Israeli plan to build 12,000 housing units in Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut settlement bloc over four years,1,725 of them will be built during this year.

Source: MEMO

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UPM students express solidarity with hunger strikers

13/6/2014

For the fifth week in a row, the Palestinian Students Association (PSA) at University Putra Malaysia (UPM) organized a stand in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who are on an open-ended hunger strike since 51 consecutive days. The participants expressed their anger over the international silence towards the Palestinian prisoners’ cause and urged for more support to the hunger strikers at all levels. The famous (#salt_and_water) slogan was one of the slogans raised and chanted by the Students of UPM interacted with the event and vowed participants in English and Malay languages. to pursue their supportive activities till the demands of hunger strikers are met. The activity included several inspiring speeches by Palestinian student Yusuf Al-Jamal, Ma- Administrative prisoners, among many other Paleslaysian student Muhamad Farhannaim and the tinian detainees, have been on an open-ended hunger member of Palestinian Legislative Council strike since April 24th, in what came to be known as (PLC) Dr. Nassir Abdul-Jawad who elaborat- the Battle of the Empty Stomachs, to protest Israeli ed on the suffering of the Palestinian prisoners arbitrary detention policy carried out against Palestinhunger strikers in Israeli jails, describing what ians with neither charge nor trial. they are facing currently as a “slow death”. Source: PCOM

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Palestinian prisoners refuse settlement as hunger strike sets record Palestinian prisoners participating in the longest mass hunger strike in Palestinian history have rejected a settlement proposed by the Israeli prison and intelligence services, incarcerated members of a Palestinian party tell MEE. An estimated 300 prisoners are participating in the strike which started on 24 April to protest against administrative detentions by Israeli forces. On Tuesday, the strikers entered their 48th day, passing a record set in a 1976 strike, according to human rights associations.

Thirteen strikers have suffered internal bleed- The Israeli prison service currently holds 191 Paling and two had undergone surgery, according estinians under the law, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club. to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club. The strike gained renewed attention last week In their statement, the prisoners said the same terms when the world’s largest international security had been offered and refused during the Karameh corporation, G4S, announced that it would end (“Dignity”) hunger strike two years ago. its contracts with Israeli prisons within three “One officer, called Beaton, is the intelligence ofyears. The next day, the Bill and Melinda Gates ficer mediating between the intelligence service and Foundation, which had been targeted by pro- the Palestinian detainees,” said Allam al-Kaabi, a testers worldwide during this year’s Palestin- PFLP central committee member responsible for ian Prisoner’s Day for its shares of G4S, told prisoners’ affairs. Bloomberg it had liquidated its holdings in the Al-Kaabi knows the prison system well. As a condicompany. tion of his release in its 2011 prisoner exchange with ‘Not a Serious Offer’ Hamas, al-Kaabi, once a resident of the Balata refuIn their rejected offer, Israeli intelligence and gee camp by Nablus in the West Bank, was forced prison services had proposed to reduce the pe- to relocate to the Gaza Strip by Israel. When he left riod for which they could hold administrative the prison for Gaza, he had completed eight years detainees without charge or trial to a single six- of nine life sentences ordered by an Israeli military month term, according to the prison branch of court after his capture in 2003. the Popular Front for the Liberation of Pales- “[Beaton] came, sat with the hunger strikers’ leadertine. ship, and offered them things unrelated to the main Israeli prison authorities also reportedly warned issue of administrative detention,” al-Kaabi said. strike leaders that they do not “care much about “He was trying to bypass it, saying the prison serthe death of any striking prisoner,” according vice could improve conditions. In addition, he said they would research the issue of administrative deto a Palestinian Prisoner’s Club statement. tention.” Israel’s administrative detention law allows its military commanders to order the imprison- “Beaton told the prisoners that administrative detenment of Palestinian residents of the West Bank tion is a political issue. He was not entitled to solve for six-month terms which can be renewed in- it. This had to be done at the higher levels of the definitely, without specifying charges or giving Israeli government.” detainees trials. “Of course they refused that,” al-Kaabi said. He add12 |

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Issue No : 96 ed that the encounter was “the first official meeting” between Israeli officials and the strike leadership, which he called “a positive step.” The offer followed a similar one made to hunger strikers in Negev prison ten days ago, said Osama al-Wuhaidi, a spokesman for the Hussam Association, a prisoners’ society and family support group in Gaza.

16th June , 2014 the practice met condemnation from the Israeli Medical Association, whose spokeswoman, Ziva Miral, told the Associated Press, “It goes against the DNA of the doctors to force treatment on a patient.” “Force-feeding is torture, and we can’t have doctors participating in torture,” she added.

A 28 May “consensus conference” by the IMA concluded, “In accordance with generally “They offered to end their accepted ethical principles in Isdetentions individually, im- rael and abroad, forced medical prisoning them only for their treatment, including force-feedcurrent six-month terms,” he ing is forbidden.” said. “After that, it would not Despite opposition from Israel’s be extended and the detainees physicians, its parliament is would be released.” likely to pass the force-feeding The roughly 50 prisoners on bill, Ola Shtiwi, advocacy and hunger strike in the prison re- intervention coordinator in the fused the offer, holding that prisoners and detainees project all administrative detentions of Physicians for Human Rights should be ended. They also – Israel (PHR-I), told the Middle said the offer should have East Eye. gone through the strike leader- “The medical community is ship. against it,” she said. “But maybe “It was not a serious offer,” they will find someone to do it.” Wuhaidi said. “They were try- The IMA is large and influening to manipulate the prisoners tial, Shtiwi said, but many phyto end the hunger strike, then sicians employed by the Israeli renege on their agreement.” prison service do not belong to Last week, United Nations it, and are thus immune to sancSecretary General Ban Ki- tions, such as expulsion, that it moon and a special UN hu- could apply. man rights committee released “It cannot punish them,” she statements of concern over the said. “The ministry of health hunger strike, with Ban calling can, but it is behind this bill.” for Israel to charge administrative detainees with recognized PHR-I has often visited past huncrimes or “release them with- ger strikers to offer independent medical care. Their access to the out delay.” current ones has been barred by Force-feeding as Torture the Israeli prison service and The statements came after ministry of health, Shtiwi added. threats by the Israeli govern- “We’re trying to get final anment to force-feed hunger swers,” she said. “If we don’t get strikers. approval within a few days, we A government proposal in the will approach the courts.” Israeli Knesset to authorize Shtiwi estimated that 75 hunger

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strikers were currently hospitalized, but warned, “The number changes all the time. They take people from the prisons to the hospitals, and back again.” If the Knesset, which accepted the bill on its first reading on Monday, ultimately passes it, the detainees have decided not to resist force-feeding, al-Kaabi, the PFLP official responsible for prisoners’ affairs, said. On Monday, strikers in Israel’s Kaplan prison told Addameer attorneys that doctors had already threatened to force-feed them if they lost consciousness. ‘You Are Our only hope’ Late last week, the International Middle East Media Center published an appeal from administrative detainees and strike representatives Mousa Zawahra and Mousa Yacoub Ma’marjy. “Our great Palestinian nation, defenders of justice all over the world, organizations struggling for Palestinian rights, all governments and free media outlets: you are our only hope,” the statement, written on 26 May, said. On Monday, strike leaders released another statement emphasizing their determination to continue. “The nurses, who are supposed to be angels of mercy, come into our rooms with food to break our spirits, but we will not give up until we accomplish our goal, and we are willing to die for it,” they wrote to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club. “Each one of us has already written his will, and we have sworn that there is no way back.” Mother and wives of the strikers urged the US Congress last week, in a letter released by Addameer, to force Israel to respect | 13


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national security corporation, which helps to maintain and profit from Israel’s prison system, for its complicity with Israeli violations of international law.”

international humanitarian and human rights law. “Your vital role is crucially needed, in ending the policy of administrative detention forever, as this abusive and unlawful practice severely affects the administrative detainees and their families, especially their children,” they wrote. ‘A Secret File’ Israeli government officials told Middle East Eye that administrative detention orders against detainees who pose a danger to public security in the West Bank are “recognized by international law and [are] in full conformity with Article 78 of the Fourth Geneva Convention 194.” “Moreover, local legislation governing the process grants all relevant individuals the right to appeal the order to a Justice of the Military Court of Appeals, for judicial review,” they said. Administrative detainees and their attorneys hold that the process is not transparent. Instead, they say each administrative detention order is based on what Addameer calls “a secret file”, denied to defendants and their counsel. As the strike nears its 50th day, its supporters have welcomed new victories for a campaign launched two years ago to back Palestinian prisoners. On 17 April 2012 – Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, as well as the start of the month-long Karameh strike – Addameer, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and a coalition of Palestinian organizations called “for action to be taken to hold to account G4S, the world’s largest inter14 |

“Your vital role is crucially needed, in ending the policy of administrative detention forever, as this abusive and unlawful practice severely affects the administrative detainees and their families, especially their children,” they wrote. ‘A Secret File

On Thursday, a day after what the Guardian called “violent” removal of protesters from the G4S’ annual meeting in London by its guards, chief executive officer Ashley Almanza announced that the company would end its contracts with Israeli prisons within three years. “We expect them to expire and we don’t expect to renew them,” he told the Financial Times. Following the company’s Thursday announcement and the disclosure by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of its liquidation of G4S shares, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said in a statement, “G4S has suffered intense reputational damage, and it will continue to be targeted until it ends its complicity with Israeli crimes.” Demonstrations in support of the strikers continue to escalate in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. On Sunday, a commercial strike closed much of downtown Ramallah, while daily protests, including a permanent encampment outside the International Committee of the Red Cross, persist in Gaza. “They are in the prisons without any reason,” said Jamal elKhoudary, a Palestinian Legislative Council member and chairman of the Popular Committee against the Siege, which held a candlelight vigil in Gaza for the prisoners. “Only Israel decides, against all international law. We urge the world to pressure Israel to set the prisoners free.”

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