Up to 80 Palestinian activists on Monday evening occupied the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in occupied East Jerusalem to express solidarity with a Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike more than 50 days.People attack the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross, but the ICRC refuses to condemn them.
The Palestinian youths were reported to have set up tents and raised Palestinian flags and posters inside the offices in East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
Activist Muhammad al-Shalabi said that around 80 Palestinians had declared an open sit-in that will last until Israel ends the administrative detention of hunger striker Muhammad Allan.
Allan, who has been held without trial or charge since November, has been on hunger strike for at least 56 days, although the exact length is unclear.
On Monday, he was transferred to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, where it is feared Israeli doctors intend to force feed him.
Al-Shalabi said that the Palestinian activists are demanding that the ICRC send a permanent representative to the Barzilai Medical Center to be with Allan to prevent any attempts to force feed him.
They are also demanding that Allan's mother and family be allowed to visit him, and that the ICRC provide "protection" for Palestinians supporting Allan.
The activists condemned the ICRC for "silence" on Allan's case, and accused the organization of not doing enough to save his life.
There are tweets supporting the attackers:
...but none condemning them. No "progressive" voices outraged at an attack on the most prestigious human rights NGO.Meanwhile, Palestinian youth in #Jerusalem remain steadfast in occupying ICRC hq in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers. #PalHunger— مريم البرغوثي (@MariamBarghouti) August 10, 2015
Ironically, the ICRC has been outspoken in support for the hunger striker and has visited him often.
Palestinian Arabs have often attacked the offices of NGOs that support them, and those stories are usually hushed up by these very NGOs who are so afraid of the people that they say they are helping.
If this is how Palestinian Arabs treat human rights NGOs, who can expect them to ever live peacefully with Israel? You know - the solution to the problem that "everyone knows" will work.