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Families of Palestinian prisoners protest against Israeli prison conditions

Dec. 26, 2016 5:30 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 26, 2016 5:58 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- Several families of Palestinian prisoners organized on Monday a protest in front of the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Gaza Strip, protesting against the treatment of their family members by Israeli authorities in prison.

Among the policies the families protested, was the Israel Prison Service’s (IPS) procedures in winter time, during which time the families said IPS does not provide prisoners with adequate heating to shield prisoners from the cold.

A delegation of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) also participated in the protest, with former DFLP-affiliated prisoner Jaber al-Hasanat speaking at the protest, saying that despite the bad conditions Palestinian prisoners endure in Israeli jails, they still maintain high spirits.

Al-Hasanat, who was released last Thursday after spending eight years in Israeli prison, stressed that Israeli authorities “will not be able to break Palestinian prisoners’ determination” and that Palestinian prisoners will continue their struggle until they are released.

He also called for national unity among different Palestinian political parties, saying that the case of Palestinian prisoners is one that could end the current political fissures.
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