Hunger Striker Families Protest at Red Cross in Ramallah

Families of hunger striking prisoners in Israel blocked the entrance to the offices of the Red Cross in the PA capital of Ramallah.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/10/2012, 3:22 PM

Prison - illustrative
Prison - illustrative
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Families of Arab prisoners in Israel who are refusing to eat demonstrated Thursday at offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ramallah.

The protest in the Palestinian Authority capital of Ramallah included demonstrators who waved signs and flags.

Demonstrators blocked the entrance to the ICRC building and prevented its employees from entering the facility as a means of drawing international attention to the prisoners' cause.

The protesters said they blame the Red Cross and the United Nations for cooperating with Israel against the striking inmates in the prison.

The prisoners are demanding the right to receive education, more family visits, an end to solitary confinement, an end to “repression” and an end to night searches, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR).

In addition, several other inmates have been fasting for an extended period to protest being held under administrative detention without charges or trials.

The Islamic Jihad terrorist organization threatened this week that the death of any hunger striker in prison will touch off a third intifada. Many of those who are striking are members of the terrorist organization.