Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Palestinians pledge support as hunger strike nears 4th week


AL-BIREH, West Bank (Ma'an) -- Mothers, wives, and sisters of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails delivered petitions to the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross on Tuesday, calling for the organizations' intervention for the lives of their imprisoned relatives.

Their sons, husbands, and brothers are among some 120 Palestinian administrative detainees held in Israeli jails without charge or trial who refused meals for the 20th day in a row on Tuesday.

"We are calling for immediate action to end the harrowing policy of administrative detention forever," the petitions read, according to a statement from the prisoner rights group Addameer.

"We also express our deep concerns and fears with respect to additional violations perpetrated against the prisoners such as solitary confinement, arbitrary transfers, raids, and strip-searches, all of which are committed by the administration of the Israeli Prison Service." more

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