Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tulkarem – The families of war victims (as well as those missing) whose bodies remain held under the Government of Israel’s (GoI) military custody, demanded the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to compel the GoI to identify the burial locations of their loved ones, and to allow them to visit their gravesites (as an interim until their bodies are released and buried in compliance with religious rites and human dignity).
This declaration was announced by the war victims’ families and those in solidarity with them during a hunger strike, which lasted to for two days (October 11 and 12, 2010). The event took place in a tent built by the Follow-Up Committee of the “National Campaign for the Retrieval of War Victims’ Bodies and the Disclosure of the Fate of Those Missing” at the Jamal Abdul Nasser Square in Tulkarem.
On the second day of the event, the hunger-strike protesters marched throughout the city’s streets, and proceeded towards the ICRC branch office. The picketers demonstrated in front of the ICRC, as well as rendered a memorandum detailing their demands. The memorandum was petitioned by the war victims’ families residing in the Tulkarem district, human rights defenders, peace activists from civil society and governmental organizations, and event officials from parliament, trade unions, media agencies, among others.