‘Oslo Accord’ anniversary in Gaza

This year is the 19th anniversary of the peace agreement between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Israel, known as the Oslo Accord, which was signed in 1993. Despite the agreement, many Palestinian prisoners are still in Israeli jails after spending more than two decades in detention. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have held an event to mark the occasion and show solidarity with those in captivity. Mazen Naim has more details on the story …

When the Oslo Accord, the peace agreement between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Israel, was signed in 1993, it included an article stating that all Palestinian detainees will have to be released. 19 years later, Israel did not abide to the agreement, and many of these detainees are still behind bars.

The various Palestinian political parties, along with parents and families of detainees, held an event in front of the International Red Cross in the City of Khan Younis, to the south of Gaza, to show solidarity with the Palestinian detainees in the Israeli jails.

Israel imposes a mix of punishing measures on Palestinian detainees like solitary confinement, allowing very few family visits from Gaza, renewing administrative detention, and continuing the night and naked-searching of detainees.

This event coincides with a one-day total hunger strike by all Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, in solidarity with these old detainees behind bars since before the Oslo Accord.

It is worth mentioning that there are about 4500 Palestinian detainees in the Israeli jails, and many of them have been on a hunger strike for extended periods, the longest of which reaches about four months.

People have gathered here today to show solidarity and support to the Palestinian detainees on hunger strike in Israeli jails, and to call on the international community to protect the detainees’ human rights and end their calamity.

(www.presstv.com / 13.09.2012)

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