A delegation of 15 Gush Shalom activists visited today (18.8.04) the families of Palestinian prisoners, who are conducting an open-ended hunger strike. The families are striking at the East Jerusalem Red Cross offices.
Activists and mothers
The delegation carried posters in Hebrew, Arabic and English, demanding “Decent Treatment of Prisoners of War”.
Delegation members emphasized that, since the Israeli government insists that the present confrontation is a war, they are duty-bound to treat their prisoners as prisoners-or-war, with all the rights safeguarded to P-o-Ws under international conventions.
Gush activist Hava Keller, “mother of the female prisoners”, with a representative of the families at the entrance of the Red Cross office
Before this visit, the delegation was present at the Supreme Court proceedings concerning the wall in a-Ram. They expressed their deep sorrow after the court cancelled the temporary injunction forbidding the government to start building.