Marches in Amman and Jerusalem in solidarity with Jordanian prisoners

[ PIC 01/06/2013 – 10:25 AM ]

images_News_2013_06_01_march_300_0[1]AMMAN/JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A massive march was organized after Friday prayers in Amman in solidarity with the Jordanian hunger strikers in Israeli jails.

Representatives of Jordanian tribes and the Islamic movement stressed during their speeches their total support for the Jordanian prisoners’ demands and hunger strike.

Protestors chanted slogans against the Jordanian official silence towards the prisoners’ issue and condemned hosting the Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jordan while some Jordanian prisoners stopped drinking water.

The coordination team of committees in support of Jordanian prisoners strongly denounced, in a statement issued on Friday, the Jordanian official neglect of the prisoners’ plight in Israeli jails.

The coordination team called for more supportive events to shed more light on the prisoners’ suffering in Israeli jails.

In the same context, the Jerusalemite prisoners’ families committee organized on Thursday, in coordination with the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), a sit-in at the Red Cross Headquarters in occupied Jerusalem in solidarity with the Jordanian prisoners’ issue.

National and Islamic leaders participated in the sit-in including leader of the Islamic movement in the Green Line Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the PPS in Jerusalem and head of the prisoners’ families committee, in addition to liberated prisoners and prisoners’ families.

The participants held up prisoners’ pictures and banners demanding the prisoners’ release.

Head of the prisoners’ families committee Amjed Abu Assab called on the Jordanian king and government to intervene immediately for the release of the Jordanian hunger strikers.

Nearly 26 Jordanian prisoners are held in Israeli jails, including 6 detainees sentenced to life terms: Abdulah al-Barghouthi, sentenced to 67 life terms, Mar’i Abu Sadiya, 11 life terms, Munir Mar’i, 5 life sentences, Hisham Al-Kaabi, 4 life sentences, Hani Khamaiseh, 2 life sentences, and Mohammed Rimawi, sentenced to life, in addition to other prisoners sentenced to dozens of years.

Abu Assab warned of the serious deterioration of the prisoners’ health condition especially after their hunger strike for 30 days where some of them stopped drinking water and were transferred to Ramle prison hospital.

For her part, the Jordanian prisoner Akram Abdul Karim Zahra’s wife called on the Jordanian king and government to intervene to provide the patient prisoners with necessary medicines, pointing out that her husband had stopped taking drugs for 24 days.

The Jordanian detainees are determined to continue their hunger strike as some of them even refused to drink water. They threatened to step up their protest in light of the official neglect of their case.

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Report: Published by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights | June 26, 2012

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