In photos: Palestinian Prisoners’ Day in Gaza

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GAZA, PALESTINE, April 17 – An exhibit of detainees’ art on the site of the bombed Saraya complex, followed by a march and rally of thousands outside the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquarters, marked Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day.
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Thousands demonstrated in Gaza this morning, marching and rallying to mark the fortieth Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.

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Gaza art exhibit, march, and rally mark Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day (Photo: Joe Catron)
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Gaza art exhibit, march, and rally mark Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day (Photo: Joe Catron)

The commemoration, first declared by the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Palestinian National Council in 1974, is held annually in solidarity with Palestinians held by Israel – currently numbered at 4,936 – and to honor over 800,000 previously detained.

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Gaza art exhibit, march, and rally mark Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, April 17 – An exhibit of detainees’ art on the site of the bombed Saraya complex, followed by a march and rally of thousands outside the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquarters, marked Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day.
(Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, April 17 – An exhibit of detainees’ art on the site of the bombed Saraya complex, followed by a march and rally of thousands outside the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquarters, marked Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day.
(Photo: Joe Catron)

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Gaza art exhibit, march, and rally mark Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day (Photo: Joe Catron)

Today’s demonstration, which ended at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Gaza Strip headquarters, began at the site of the bombed Saraya complex, where a replica Israeli prison and a protest tent, housing an exhibit of art by detainees, have been erected.

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GAZA, PALESTINE, April 16 – A press conference in the ruins of the bombed Saraya complex, refurnished as a replica Israeli prison, was held the night before a major rally and march for Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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Gaza press conference in bomb site furnished as replica prison for Prisoners’ Day
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Several participants, lacking the distinctive Guy Fawkes mask associated with the global “Anonymous” hacking network, instead wore one popularized by the Scream movie franchise to show support for the recent “Op Israel” attacks on Israeli Web sites and Internet accounts.

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The mobilization capped a week of local activities that included a march after a regular sit-in at the ICRC and a children’s candlelight vigil on Monday.

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A candlelight vigil was held the night before Prisoner’s Day outside the United Nations Develeopment Programme’s Gaza Strip headquarters  April 15 -

Children joined to support Palestinians detained by Israel:
 

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GAZA, PALESTINE, April 15 – Children joined a candlelight vigil outside the United Nations Develeopment Programme’s Gaza Strip headquarters to support Palestinians detained by Israel ahead of Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day on Wednesday. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, April 15 – Children joined a candlelight vigil outside the United Nations Develeopment Programme’s Gaza Strip headquarters to support Palestinians detained by Israel ahead of Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day on Wednesday. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, April 15 – Children joined a candlelight vigil outside the United Nations Develeopment Programme’s Gaza Strip headquarters to support Palestinians detained by Israel ahead of Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day on Wednesday. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, April 15 – Children joined a candlelight vigil outside the United Nations Develeopment Programme’s Gaza Strip headquarters to support Palestinians detained by Israel ahead of Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day on Wednesday. (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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  1. MK_Ultra
    April 18, 2013, 9:58 am

    What a tragedy! Each picture is worth more than a 1,000 words. How can the world ever reconcile what they’ve done to these people?

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