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Report: Shin Bet tells PM not to negotiate with hunger strikers
Published Monday 09/06/2014 (updated) 11/06/2014 20:27
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's Shin Bet security service is encouraging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to negotiate with hunger-striking Palestinian administrative detainees, Israeli media reported Monday.

Haaretz said that Netanyahu's decision not to negotiate with prisoners refusing meals, in addition to his recent push for a bill allowing the Israeli Prison Service to force-feed those on hunger strike, is based on a recommendation by the Shin Bet.

The Israeli newspaper cited sources close to Shin Bet Director Yoram Cohan as saying he believes the negotiations with Palestinian hunger strikers in 2012 was a mistake, and that such negotiations should not be repeated.

However, Cohen fears that if any strikers die, mass protests would break out in the West Bank and rockets would be fired from Gaza, Haaretz said.

Therefore, Cohen is pushing Netanyahu to advance a bill to allow force-feeding, in contravention of international standards.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on Israel to either release or charge hunger-striking Palestinian administrative detainees immediately.

Some 125 prisoners began a hunger strike on April 24 against Israel's policy of holding Palestinians in custody indefinitely without charge or trial.

Hundreds of have join the strike since then, and others have taken part in one-day solidarity strikes.
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1 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
09/06/2014 19:31
Israel's Shin Bet gives good advice. Do not negotiate with terrorists. Israel has every right to interdict and hold terrorists who would do harm to the Jewish state and its people.

2 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
09/06/2014 21:48
So, it seems clear who runs the country of Israel. The Prime Minister has lots of bluster but limited power.

3 ) Thayer / France
10/06/2014 14:41
Force feeding is the equivalent of torture, inhumane & degrading treatment, which contravenes the Geneva Convention. Administrative detention is a breach of human rights & other conventions. Salt & water equals dignity. Israel should negotiate.

4 ) myra / canada
10/06/2014 23:54
I think the main point of the article is that prisoners are being held without charge. Which Let's us assume no legitimate reason to charge or hold them.geez sounds like Guantanamo.
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