The Red Cross organization rejected claims that a ceremony was held under their auspices which honored terrorists. Representatives of the Red Cross told Arutz Sheva news "the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is neutral, independent and impartial." They stated that no Red Cross members were present during the tree planting ceremony presented by the site. "
Red Cross also stated that "Over the years, the ICRC provides support, including financial assistance to two national associations, Red Crescent and Magen David Adom for humanitarian activities. Authority to set priorities and activities and raise money accordingly, National Association remains the authority."
Last week Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported "The International Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent, in cooperation with the Zububa Rural Council west of Jenin, yesterday planted 150 fruit trees that carry the names of the veteran prisoners jailed in the occupation prisons... [they] conducted a ceremony called 'My Honor is My Freedom'... fruit trees were planted at the entrance to the village, where the racist annexation and expansion wall that has swallowed up thousands of acres [of land] was built," the newspaper wrote. A number of the veteran prisoners are terrorists serving one or more life sentences, according to Palestinian Media Watch.