Gaza demonstrators support Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails
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The demonstration was held in front of the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Sunday and it was organized by the Arab Liberation Front, a faction of the Palestinian Authority.
Participants in the demonstration chanted slogans in support of thousands of Palestinian inmates held in Israeli prisons.
On April 17, about 1,500 to 2,500 Palestinian prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike in protest against the administrative detention and solitary confinement exercised by the Tel Aviv regime, demanding the reinstatement of family visits from the Gaza Strip.
“We call on the international organizations to step in and help the Palestinian prisoners… We also call on them to pressure Israel to end administrative detentions,” said one of the protesters.
The administrative detention, often implemented by the Israeli regime against the Palestinian population, is a sort of imprisonment without trial or charge, allowing regime forces to make detentions for up to six months. The detention order can be renewed for indefinite periods of time.
Hana Shalabi, a female Palestinian prisoner who was released on April 1, also attended the demonstration in Gaza City.
Shalabi referred to the situation of Thaer Halahla and Bilal Diab, two Palestinian prisoners accused by Israeli authorities of causing security offences and placed in administrative detention.
“My salutations to them for staying strong for their cause… They are fighting along with other hunger strikers for their dignity.”
Diab and Halahla have been on hunger strike since February 28.
On May 7, an Israeli court rejected an appeal made by the two Palestinian prisoners to be released, but they will continue their strike “to the end,” their lawyer said.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has expressed serious concern about their health.
The Israeli group of Physicians for Human Rights has also condemned the court decision as a “death sentence” for the two hunger strikers.