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Red Cross Calls for Family Visits – For Palestinians Only

International medical aid agency says Israel should grant family visits to Hamas prisoners; no word on Jewish boys
Aviva & Noam Shalit during Gilad's captivity

Aviva & Noam Shalit during Gilad's captivity
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The International Committee of the Red Cross has called on Israel to resume prisoner visits for Palestinian terrorists, with nary a mention of the fact that Palestinian groups currently hold three Israeli teenagers hostage.

Like the Palestinian political spectrum, which draws a cause-and-effect relationship between the abduction and an ongoing hunger strike by 150 Palestinian terrorists in Israeli jails, the Red Cross says ICRC doctors are “conducting regular visits to detained hunger strikers. The group also call for “a swift resumption of family visits, which are required under the Fourth Geneva Convention.” 

However, the group does not extend the same demand to the kidnappers of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel. In a statement posted on the ICRC website, the group notes “mounting tensions” and “an extensive military operation takes place to rescue three abducted people in the West Bank,” but stops short of demanding the release of the hostages or the right to visit them. 

On the other hand, the Red Cross does detail the military aspects of the current incursion to Palestinian Authority-ruled cities in order to track down the missing boys. 

“The operation currently under way has included house-to-house searches and night raids, over 200 arrests, and the requisition of some private homes. Incidents of assault and clashes resulting in casualties – including one death in the West Bank and injuries in Gaza – are fuelling frustration and may trigger further violence. In Gaza, renewed air strikes and rocket fire are also contributing to rising tension.,” said the statement. 

The organisation’s current policy seems consistent with the stance it maintained during the Gilad Shalit affair. Then, Red Cross officials never demanded the right to visit him the hostage, sufficing only with several polite requests for “signs of life” from Shalit. 

In addition, Jacques de Maio, head of the ICRC delegation in Israel and the “occupied territories” said “Civilians living in the West Bank now face increased restrictions on their movements, and several thousand family members cannot visit their loved ones in prisons in Israel this week because of security closures.

It is not clear as of this writing whether de Maio intended to include the three Jewish families who have not been able to visit their children this week, and who do not know what condition the boys are in.

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59 Responses to “Red Cross Calls for Family Visits – For Palestinians Only”

  1. That is just the most recent awful behavior by the Red Cross.

  2. That is just the most recent awful behavior by the Red Cross.

  3. Bunch of anti Semitic pigs. They did nothing while jews were being slaughtered in Europe during the second world war!

  4. Bunch of anti Semitic pigs. They did nothing while jews were being slaughtered in Europe during the second world war!

  5. the red cressent should be their name.they suck.

  6. the red cressent should be their name.they suck.

  7. The red cross does things no one would believe.

  8. The red cross does things no one would believe.

  9. Paul W. Howe says:

    Why give them privi when they dont gv to others…

  10. Ok, they requested. Lets say “no”. next issue.

  11. red cross…….i have lost all respect for you and no more donations from me

  12. red cross…….i have lost all respect for you and no more donations from me

  13. Martin Kool says:

    maybe you rember my earlier comment about the red cross , once again the red cross was during the holocaust working together with nazi germany , they where in the past antesimitec , and they still are ,

  14. Martin Kool says:

    maybe you rember my earlier comment about the red cross , once again the red cross was during the holocaust working together with nazi germany , they where in the past antesimitec , and they still are ,

  15. Martin Kool says:

    the name red cross , is for frida a holocaust servyvor, 9 camps last one aushwitz , a woman suffering from altzheimer , up til now she never forget the red cross , and what they did to here and here lost familly .

  16. Martin Kool says:

    the name red cross , is for frida a holocaust servyvor, 9 camps last one aushwitz , a woman suffering from altzheimer , up til now she never forget the red cross , and what they did to here and here lost familly .

  17. No more red cross visits for the Arabs, just like they treat Jews

  18. Karen Bryant says:

    If they are on a hunger strike honor their choice and let them starve.

  19. Karen Bryant says:

    If they are on a hunger strike honor their choice and let them starve.

  20. Diane Hudson says:

    Red Cross won’t even help a lot of our people. This is terrible that they don’t help Israel but will help Palestinians. They should not be there in Palestine

  21. Diane Hudson says:

    Red Cross won’t even help a lot of our people. This is terrible that they don’t help Israel but will help Palestinians. They should not be there in Palestine

  22. How can a media supported by Russians uses a rebel tight group Hamas to rescue Al shabaabs and Al queda’s.Meaning that Hamas have used many nations identities to kill Jewish across the global.

  23. Deb Adams says:

    Red cross is out for their self. Even durning war 2. My dad told me storys abiut them. Not good.

  24. Red Cross is a BS organization where the heads get paid well and donations never reach the needy anyway. I stopped giving when after Hurricane Sandy, the people really in need in the N.Y, City area got very little and no one knows where the money was spent. They do not care about the Israelis so why give them another dime? I gave after Katrina and that was another “where was the money spent”?

  25. Red Cross is a BS organization where the heads get paid well and donations never reach the needy anyway. I stopped giving when after Hurricane Sandy, the people really in need in the N.Y, City area got very little and no one knows where the money was spent. They do not care about the Israelis so why give them another dime? I gave after Katrina and that was another “where was the money spent”?

  26. Nathan Katz says:

    The International Red Cross –not to be confused with the American Red Cross- is a vile and hateful anti-Semitic organization, IMHO.

  27. This is nothing new for the Red Cross. It is an historically anti-semitic organization. They didn’t visit the concentration camps during WW2. They charged our soldiers for supplies during WW2. They didn’t distribute the money they collected for the Katrina victims. They sold tainted blood for profit- the litany of their crimes go on and on.

  28. Red Cross has always been like this – during WW2 they did not notice anything bad while rarely visiting concentration camps. Fat rats! Boycot them!

  29. Cant they be reunitd in the cell next to their loved ones?

  30. Shame on Red Cross !!! Never will contribute to Red Cross again !!!!!

  31. It’s happening everywhere islamic people congregate in majority. It is time to bleed islamic people everywhere they are globally, Folks. Let them all be exposed for the humanity they lack. We all see them. Global awareness is in effect to now determine basic cultural ideologies that are no longer relevant or tolerable. Islam Must Be Exterminated From Earth. Obama must die.

  32. Never another penny.

  33. Haley Chace says:

    Hang them for Treason!…,never a single dollar shall they get from me!

  34. Jacques de Maio says:

    ICRC calls for the immediate and unconditional release of three teenagers abducted in the #WestBank http://goo.gl/2EFsAb
    7:31 PM – 15 Jun 2014

  35. Stanley Roth says:

    They make me CROSS. Because they have double standards

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