In pictures: Gaza rally welcomes Hana Shalabi

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Following a weekly sit-in by the families of Palestinian political prisons inside Gaza’s International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), hundreds rallied outside to welcome former administrative detainee and hunger striker Hana Shalabi to Gaza.

(Photo: Joe Catron)

(Photo: Joe Catron)

Shalabi, age 30, was exiled to the besieged Gaza Strip from her home in Burqin, Jenin for three years by Israel, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and following Israel’s denial of her access to legal counsel and medical advice, as part of an agreement ending her 43-day hunger strike.

(Photo: Joe Catron)

After her arrival, Shalabi told government officials, “I am in my country and among my family.” Today’s rally illustrated the broad support she and her hunger strike enjoy in Gaza, with visible participation by every major Palestinian party.

(Photo: Joe Catron)

(Photo: Joe Catron)

(Photo: Joe Catron)

(Photo: Joe Catron)

In addition to praising Shalabi’s struggle against administrative detention and denouncing her exile, speakers addressed the urgent need to build Palestinian and international support for Ahmad Al-Hajj Ali, a 72-year-old Member of Parliament and administrative detainee now on the 14th day of his hunger strike, and to mobilize on April 17, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.

(Photo: Joe Catron)

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