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Hana Shalabi Forcibly Exiled to Gaza

2012-04-02

by Barbara Nimri Aziz

It’s hard for normal people to envisage others seated around a table thinking up punishments-- really torture. Imagine a doctor, a lawyer, a prison guard along with a foreign affairs official seated in a well-furnished ministry office or at a Tel Aviv restaurant deciding how to deal with a recalcitrant woman on hunger strike to protest her wrongful imprisonment.

In the end it seems Israel relented; a ‘humane’ solution was found:—it would discharge the woman from prison, from her detention without charge.  Humdulallah.

But the story does not end here. Yes, Israel did indeed release Hana Shalabi on the 43rd day of her hunger strike. But did it allow the emaciated, frail woman to return to her home and family to be nurtured and healed after her ordeal?

No. She is sent from prison into a forced exile to Gaza. This, knowing her home and family are in the West Bank. She is to remain in Gaza by force,  for 3 years, they announced.

What is the message Israel is giving the world with this decision? Compassion? Their recognition that the woman’s detention was illegal? Deterrence? Will Gaza’s seaside climate be more restorative?

Some of us may recall that almost 20 years ago, in December 1992 Israel applied its regular policy of forced exile in a particularly dramatic incident. It sent 415 Palestinian men it suspected as Islamists across the border to Lebanon. The banished men remained in a desolate ‘Israeli-controlled security zone’ in Southern Lebanon for several months during the cold winter season. Nothing did more to win admiration for the then fledgling little known "Hamas" group. One newspaper opined at the time: “The longer this impasse continues, the greater the publicity given to the deportees, and the more likely that they will be seen as heroes and martyrs, which is definitely not what Israel intended.”

I personally cannot fathom Israeli intentions, neither in 1992 nor now.

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