A 64-year-old Palestinian Detainee Dies in Israeli Jail, and No One Knows Why

Sa’dieh Matar, a Palestinian woman with eight children and 28 grandchildren, was arrested in December for allegedly trying to stab a settler and had been jailed ever since, in deteriorating health. She died in prison

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In the yard of a house in the West Bank town of Idna, not far from Hebron, a family waited for a body. They had been waiting futilely since the previous Saturday, July 2, for the body of their mother, grandmother and sister. Her ex-husband, Hassan Matar, to whom she was married for 27 years, until they separated 13 years ago, was among the mourners-in-waiting.

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