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In photos: Gaza International Women’s Day rally for Palestinian detainees

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8549231353 07819409b4 zGAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)

After a weekly sit-in by families of Palestinian detainees in the courtyard of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquarters Monday morning, demonstrators rallied on the street outside to mark International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day.

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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)

Israel currently holds twelve Palestinian women as political prisoners and has detained 15,000 since its 1967 occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. A further 4,800 male Palestinian detainees are separated from thousands of mothers, wives, and daughters.

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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)

Last week Shireen Issawi, a Jerusalem attorney and the sister of Palestinian detainee and long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi, wrote:

On March 8 every year, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements for International Women’s Day. Today I would like to take the opportunity to celebrate my mother, Laila Issawi, and share her story.
I was raised by a very empowered, inspiring mother, who endured not only her own suffering but the suffering of her children, in the struggle for our freedom and dignity as a people. From as far back as I can remember I have always been in awe of my mother, her passion, dignity and resilience. She was raised on the love of Palestine, and has raised us with those same values; to love our country, defend our rights and fight for them until they are achieved …
We suffer an ugly military occupation of our land, our lives and our very existence in Palestine. But like my mother, I shall endure the pain and agony for the liberation of my motherland. On this day, when we celebrate women’s achievements worldwide, I ask you to join me in celebrating the incredible pillar of strength that is my mother, Laila Issawi. She continues to give me the hope that, one day, we will live in dignity and in freedom. My only wish is that my brother Samer will live to see that day.

 
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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GAZA, PALESTINE, March 11 – Demonstrators followed a weekly sit-in for Palestinian detainees in the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza Strip headquaters with an International Women’s Day/Mother’s Day rally for prisoners. (Photo: Joe Catron)
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“No to Administrative Detention”

“No to Solitary Confinement.”

Clearly, as these pictures indicate, the biggest problem facing women in Gaza is an inability to participate in the Gaza Marathon.
Hat Tip: Beinart!!

RE: “In photos: Gaza International Women’s Day rally for Palestinian detainees”

MY COMMENT: Thanks, Mr. Catron. Your photos are really gorgeous!

Thanks for the translations, Avi. Thank you for the pictures and the post, Joe. They are beautiful, and the children’s eyes especially are haunting and quite simply, wise– old and young at the same time. I know I am not expressing myself very well, but you have touched much more… Read more »

It is pathetic to look at the expectant children’s faces wondering what kind of violence they have experienced or witnessed. also sad is the thought that as millions took the streets to protest the Iraq war and Occupy Wall Street, it did not deter Bush/Cheney and Blair nor the likes… Read more »