Waed calls on Merkel, Sarkozy to see fair release of 7,000 Palestinians

[ 22/06/2011 – 03:15 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– The Waed prisoner society in Gaza has called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to help see the release of 7,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody similar to the recent repeated calls the politicians made to Gaza to free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Merkel and Sarkozy made unexpected joint calls to free Shalit during a conference dealing with Greece’s financial crisis, placing the responsibility of the swap deal on Hamas. Shalit, who was captured five years ago, shares dual citizenship in Israel and France. Germany brokered the latest proposal in a prisoner swap deal between Israel and Gaza resistance forces.

The Waed society accused the European politicians of dealing in double standards and failing to consider the suffering of more the 7,000 Palestinian political and war prisoners, who include women and children.

“It has become necessary to speak to the world in a language it understands. The world turns a blind eye to the prisoner issue, and we keep on defending them with all means available to us and despite lack of capabilities in support of all of the prisoners, men and women,” the statement says. “Shalit was seized in the heart of his tank as he fired at children and women in Gaza, while thousands of prisoners were seized from their homes or defending their land and sanctities.”

Separately, the families of Palestinians held in Israeli jails held a sit-in Tuesday at the Red Cross in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, demanding the issuance of permits to visit their children after such had been suspended for months without apparent reason.

The sit-in also aimed at pressuring the Israeli prison service to alleviate recent drastic measures it has taken against the prisoners.

In a press statement, other prisoner families in Jenin condemned the harassment and strip searches that they have undergone at the Jalma and Taiba crossings when visiting their imprisoned family members.

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