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Palestinian call for international intervention to stop Israel abusing political prisoners

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OPINION: If we are not prepared to accept military courts, detention without trial, and collective punishment of prisoners in our own country, then we should not accept it for the Palestinians either, writes Shannon Ebrahim.

Many South Africans will be surprised to learn that there are Palestinian political detainees who are close to death, who have been on hunger strike for over two months.

But there has been scant media focus on their conditions or suffering.

With the deluge of information recently on Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover of the country, Palestine has not been a major priority in the international news headlines, except for when six Palestinian prisoners managed to escape from Israel’s Gilboa prison through a tunnel last week.

But the Palestinian leadership has implored the world to act and not just ignore what is happening to Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, and those who respect international law and human rights have an…

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