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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02549
Date : 15/05/2012
Caption : West Bank, Jalameh crossing. ICRC family visits programme for Palestinan detainee's relatives. An ICRC employee coordinates the crossing of families from Jenin.
Photographer : MAGDA AND ANDREA
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC/Andrea and Magda
Description : ICRC website, Feature, 25-05-2012

Israel/the occupied territories: families of Palestinian detainees between hope and fear

Thousands of Palestinian families living in the West Bank have relatives in Israeli places of detention. It is difficult to maintain direct contact between detainees and their families, leading to suffering and to problems within the families. The Israeli authorities suspended family visits during the recent hunger strike by Palestinian detainees between March and May 2012, causing a great deal of anxiety and concern for detainees and families alike.

For the past 45 years, the ICRC has enabled Palestinians to visit family members in Israeli places of detention. The organization applies for permits and provides transport to and from the prisons. ICRC delegates also convey oral greetings and written Red Cross messages to help families stay in touch.

“My husband Wafi has spent several years in administrative detention but we have never been told why. I wish they would take him to court so we would know,” says Nazmieh.
Since her husband was detained, Nazmieh has been both mother and father to their six children. Her only son Oussama (21) has recently taken on more responsibilities around the house.

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