Blocked family visits and freedom of movement

Holding Palestinian detainees in prisons inside Israel makes it extremely difficult for their families to visit, as they need special permits to travel through the checkpoints and Apartheid Wall from the West Bank into Israel. Family visits are reserved for family members who are eligible to receive permits, which are often rejected arbitrarily by the Israeli authorities.

When family members are granted permits to visit, they are required to go through lengthy journeys and endure multiple checkpoints and searches on the way to see their imprisoned loved ones for only approximately 40 minutes. Family members are often subjected to degrading treatment by prison guards and soldiers during visits.

This situation demonstrates one of the many ways that imprisonment is inextricable from the larger context of military occupation. Palestinians’ right to freedom of movement is compromised anyway because of the occupation, but doubly so when their family members are taken from them and kept inside the occupation prisons.

Back: Child detainees   Next: International law


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.


Latest news

HSBC faces protests at AGM over investments in arms companies supplying Israeli government

24 April 2018 - 2:45pm

Campaign groups demand bank divest from companies they say supply arms used for violence against Palestinians, writes Ben Chapman for the Independent

Read more

HSBC grilled over complicity in human rights abuse by shareholders and campaigners at Friday’s AGM

23 April 2018 - 5:00pm
  • HSBC’s annual general meeting on Friday was attended by activists from War on Want and Palestine Solidarity Campaign, asking the bank about its business dealings with companies selling weapons and military equipment to Israel
  • Over a quarter of questions asked at the AGM were about the bank’s complicity in human rights violations against Palestinians. Several referenced the bank’s criminal complicity in other abuses
Read more

Join the conversation

Build your skills. Meet other people who care about building community power to challenge corporate power and extra… https://t.co/tM9KQTL847 13 hours 22 min ago
RT : Pls RT: Manchester McDonald's workers are standing up for £10/hr, to and for a Union. Join us on… https://t.co/WesszXA5yu 14 hours 25 min ago