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Prisoners begin hunger strike as Israeli officials deny Koran abuse

[JURIST] Palestinian detainees at Israel's Megiddo prison [Jerusalem Post report] began a hunger strike on Wednesday as Israeli officials denied reports that prison guards there had abused the Koran, echoing similar stories from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report]. Prisoners complained that the book was desecrated by guards [Aljazeera report] during a search. The Israel Prisons Service [official website] says the books were only routinely flipped through [Jerusalem Post report]; Prisons Service Commissioner Yaakov Ganot said that the abuse "never happened" and that reports were simply "a provocation". Reuters has more.

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