Red Cross to Israel: Allow visits to Palestinians on strike

A banner with a picture of jailed Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti and some fellow inmates, hang on a building, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Updated 04 May 2017

Red Cross to Israel: Allow visits to Palestinians on strike

JERUSALEM: The International Committee of the Red Cross has urged Israel not to restrict family visits for hundreds of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.
In a rare statement, the humanitarian organization criticized what it called a “systemic suspension” of visits by Israeli authorities as a punishment of the striking prisoners, in violation of international law.
ICRC says that “families are paying the price for this situation.”
The strike reached its 17th day on Wednesday. The prisoners seek better conditions, including more family visits.
Israel Prison Service spokesman Assaf Librati says about 850 prisoners are still taking part in the strike. He denied claims Israel is violating international law, but didn’t elaborate.
In the West Bank town of Ramallah, thousands of Palestinians are attending a solidarity rally for the prisoners. 

Arab anger over ‘theft of occupied Golan Heights’

Updated 26 March 2019

Arab anger over ‘theft of occupied Golan Heights’

  • Israel seized part of the Golan during the 1967 Six-Day War, subsequently annexing it in 1981
  • US President Trump officially recognized Israel's sovereignty of the Golan Heights on March 25, 2019

JEDDAH: Arab states on Monday condemned US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

The decision “does not change the area’s status” as illegally occupied territory, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said.

Breaking decades of international consensus, Trump signed a proclamation at the White House on Monday recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the border area that Israel seized from Syria in 1967. 

Syria said the decision was a blatant attack on its sovereignty. 

“Trump does not have the right or the legal authority to legitimize the occupation,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Opposition chief Nasr Al-Hariri said Trump’s decision would “lead to more violence and instability, and it will have negative effects on efforts to engineer peace in the region.”

Lebanon said the move “violates all the rules of international law” and “undermines any effort to reach a just peace.”

“The Golan Heights are Syrian Arab land, no decision can change this, and no country can revisit history by transferring ownership of land from one country to another,” the Foreign Ministry said.