Over two hundred children have gathered in front the International Committee of the Red Cross office, in Gaza, in demand of the release of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.
Since the hunger strike began, the ICRC has been called to publicly condemn Israel’s use of administrative detention, highlight the Palestinian hunger strikers. The ICRC remains silent, yet issued a statement about the disappeared teenage settlers.
An update on the strikers, and ICRC recommendations:
Addameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is extremely concerned by the lack of intervention on behalf of over 125 Palestinian administrative detainees currently on their 55th day of open hunger strike in Israeli prisons. Addameer is also extremely concerned about the arrest campaign currently underway across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) by Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) following the recent disappearance of three illegal Israeli settlers.
On 24 April 2014 approximately 90 Palestinian administrative detainees launched an open hunger strike in protest of their continued detention without charge or trial. Since the beginning of the strike other administrative detainees, as well as sentenced prisoners, have joined the strike. While it is difficult to determine exact numbers, due to Israeli imposed restrictions and the fluid nature of the strike, it is thought that as many as 250 detainees and prisoners are now on hunger strike.
The lack of intervention and relative silence on behalf of the hunger strikers is in stark contrast to the recent disappearance of three illegal Israeli settlers. Since the beginning of the hunger strike there have been calls for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to publically condemn Israel’s use of administrative detention and highlight the situation of the Palestinian hunger strikers.
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