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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02553
Date : 15/05/2012
Caption : West Bank, Jenin. Misme, Asma and Hasha are gathered to celebrate the end of the hunger stile made by 1,600 Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons. Each one of them shows a portrait of a relative detainee.
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.


Misme, Asma and Hasha
Misme, Asma (centre) and Hasha gathered in the West Bank town of Jenin to celebrate the end of the hunger strike. Ten years ago, Asma’s husband was sentenced to life imprisonment. She has not been allowed to see him since. “I hope the end of the hunger strike will mean they’ll let him out of solitary confinement, if nothing else.”
For Asma, detention is a daily topic; almost all her family members have been detained at some point. In 2002, Asma, her husband and their oldest son were all in prison at the same time. “All our other children were minors then, and the youngest was seven. It was extremely difficult. I was thinking about my children all the time.”

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