In photos: Every Monday, families of Palestinian detainees gather in Gaza’s Red Cross

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GAZA, PALESTINE, January 14 – Women fill the courtyard of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Gaza Strip headquarters during a weekly sit-in by families of Palestinians detained by Israel. (Photo: Joe Catron)

Every Monday morning families of Palestinians detained by Israel gather in the courtyard of the International Committee of the Red Cross’s Gaza Strip headquarters.

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A girl and a woman join a weekly sit-in by families (Photo:Joe Catron)

An organizer said in 2011 that the event, which began after the redeployment of Israeli forces following the Oslo accords in 1994, “could enter the Guinness book of records for the longest running weekly sit-ins in the world.”

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Children hold signs at the weekly sit-in (Photo: Joe Catron)

                                   Israel holds 4,812 Palestinian political prisoners, including 437 from the Gaza Strip, according to the ADDAMEER Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

                                                                                                                                                      It ended its ban on prison visits by spouses and parents of Gaza Strip detainees after last year’s Karameh (Dignity) mass hunger strike, but still keeps children from visiting their detained parents and often cancels visits by other relatives.

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Men chant during a weekly sit-in by families of Palestinians detained by Israel in the courtyard of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Gaza Strip headquarters.                     (Photo: Joe Catron)
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  Children chant and hold signs during a weekly sit-in by families of Palestinians detained by Israel in the courtyard of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Gaza Strip headquarters. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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Children gather flags before a rally supporting hunger strikers Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna, as well as other Palestinians detained by Israel, outside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Gaza Strip headquarters. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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Women make the “victory” sign during a weekly sit-in by families of Palestinians detained by Israel in the courtyard of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Gaza Strip headquarters. (Photo: Joe Catron)
About Joe Catron

Joe Catron is a US activist in Gaza, Palestine, where he works with Palestinian groups and international solidarity networks, particularly in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and prisoners' movements. He co-edited The Prisoners' Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag, an anthology of accounts by detainees freed in the 2011 prisoner exchange, blogs at joecatron.wordpress.com and tweets at @jncatron.

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