Hebron District, PSP Commemorate Prisoner’s Day

23 April 2009

child-smallOn the 20 of April, around 500 Palestinian residents gathered at the Red Cross headquarters in Hebron to mark Prisoner’s Day. Prisoner’s Day in Palestine remembers all former and current political prisoners in Israeli jails. Prisoner’s day annually falls on the 17th of April, and demonstrations are held all over the West Bank and Gaza Many of the participants in the Hebron event carried pictures of loved ones in Israeli prisons.
At the Red Cross, demonstrators listened to speeches praising the steadfastness of the nearly 8,400 political prisoners currently in Israeli detention facilities and prisons. According to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners’ support group, this number includes 61 women, 423 children, and 550 administrative detention cases where detainees are held without charge or trial.
After the rally, demonstrators marched down Hebron’s main street to the city center. Palestine Solidarity Project organized two buses for residents of Beit Ommar, many of whom have family members in Israeli jails or have been in prison themselves, to participate in the demonstration. Over 100 Beit Omar residents are being held in prison, including two organizers with PSP, Mousa Abu Maria, and Mohammed Abu Maria. Both Mousa and Mohammed continue to be held without charge in administrative detention. Their families do not know when they will be released.