Cynical cruelty: administrative detention

In a 2010 letter to students urging the University of California to divest from Israel, Bishop Desmond Tutu wrote: “ Despite what detractors may allege, you are doing the right thing. You are doing the moral thing…I have been in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid.”

Linda Mcquaig, Toronto Star, Aug. 22


The West blinded by celebrity gossip, sports, cowardly journalism and fear of criticizing the apartheid state never writes about Israel’s pride of “no capital punishment.” This of course does not includes targeted assassinations the ability to get rid of people without a fair trial, throws people in prison on outmoded British Mandate “administration detention ” which empowers military commanders in the West Bank to detain a person with no charge for 6 months, then at the whim of the jailer can extend this for another 6 months.
Gideon Levy recently wrote about this cruelty:
One case is like a thousand witnesses: the case of Bilal Kayed. A young man who completed a prison term of 14.5 years – his entire sentence – without a single furlough, without being allowed to at least say goodbye by phone to his dying father; a clear sign of evil. About six weeks ago, Kayed was getting ready for his release. A representative of the Shin Bet security service – one of the greatest agencies of evil in Israel – even showed him a photograph of the home his family had built for him to stir him up even more ahead of his release. And then, as his family waited impatiently for him at the crossing point and Kayed grew ever more excited in his cell, he was informed that he was being thrown into administrative detention for at least another six months, without trial and without explanation. Since then, he has been on hunger strike. He is cuffed to his bed. His family is not allowed to see him. Prison guards never leave his room and the lights are not turned out for a moment. Evil.



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    Hi Ted; I have sent your quote along to my friend who was the Green Party candidate in Cambridge in the last federal election. Allan


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