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On Monday, the Israeli supreme court rejected the appeal of two
Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike for 70 days. The appeal rejection of
Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh was described as a death sentence by
Physicians for Human Rights whose doctors have been denied access to
the prisoners. Since the Israeli occupation began in 1967, 40% of the
Palestinian male population has been imprisoned at some point in their
lives. In mid-April, the day Khader Adnan, a prisoner on s 66 day hunger
strike, was freed, more than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners went on a mass
hunger strike. In solidarity, hundreds protested outside Ramle Jail where
high-profile Political Prisoner Ahmad Sa’adat is held. Israeli police
attacked the protest, arresting 17. A local court forbide them to
communicate with each other for 15 days, sentencing them to five day on
house arrest. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke with Adameer’s
Sahar Francis, Physicians for Human Rights’ Anat Litvin, activist Abir
Kopty, and former prisoners.

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