The President of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr Aziz Duwaik, along with other deputies from the Change and Reform bloc held a sit-in on Wednesday afternoon in solidarity with Palestinian representatives, prisoners and those on hunger strike currently being held in Israeli prisons. The sit-in took place in Manara Square in the central West Bank City of Ramallah.
During their vigil, the deputies held up banners demanding the release of kidnapped Palestinian representatives and that assistance be given to prisoners being held in solitary confinement in prisons of the Zionist Occupation.
The deputies expressed rejection and disapproval of the action taken by Israeli intelligence forces disguised as Arabs who broke into the headquarters of the International Red Cross in Jerusalem and kidnapped one of the Jerusalemite deputies staging a sit-in there. They considered the operation a clear and flagrant violation of all international agreements and conventions which urge that institutions of international organisations not be broken into.
During the vigil, the deputies also called on international, Arab and Islamic parliaments and the international community as a whole to stand by the Palestinian people and lend support to the aged, female and child prisoners being held by Israel. They also denounced the detention of elected Palestinian representatives who ought to enjoy parliamentary immunity.
A number of the families of prisoners being held in Israeli prisons took part in the sit-in, as did the families of abducted representatives.
MEMO Photographer: Ibtehal Mansour