Prisoner advocacy and solidarity

Despite the difficult conditions of their detention, and against incredible odds, Palestinian political prisoners actively campaign for their individual and collective rights. In the absence of adequate judicial remedies, Palestinian prisoners and detainees sometimes resort to hunger strikes as legitimate peaceful protest. Palestinians have been able to obtain basic rights and to improve their detention conditions through hunger strikes, though the health risks are serious and can cause permanent physical damage.

In July 2015, the Israeli Knesset (parliament) passed a bill proposed by Gilad Erdan, Israeli minister of Public Security and head of the anti-BDS task force, to allow force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners, a practice widely considered torture.

As nearly every Palestinian family has been affected by Israel’s detention policies, care and concern for political prisoners is common and an important part of Palestinian political life. Palestinian Prisoners’ Day is observed every year on 17 April. On this day, and throughout the year, families of prisoners often hold protests and vigils holding photos of their imprisoned family members to keep their stories alive.

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Political Prisoners photo stories

Every political prisoner has a story; a family who misses them, friends who remember them and communities who gather and rally for their safety and freedom.


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