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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

  36. Gene Strong says:

    The Red Cross.has become a biased corrupt organization at the local and regional level in many locations.

  37. Gene Strong says:

    Do not donate to the Red Cross…

  38. Has the international Red Cross fully accepted Magan David Adom? I think not.

  39. I will NEVER donate to the Red Cross again.

  40. isn't it true that if an army or entity or state violates the laws of war –which require allowing visits by ICRC– then the ICRC has to suspend its services to that army, entity or state? So ICRC should have suspended its services in Gaza since Hamas refused to allow ICRC visits to Gilad Shalit.

  41. Miriam Riley says:

    they should be tried for treason

  42. I have stopped donating to the Red Cross years ago because of the organizations lopsided pro Palestinian stance. I donate instead to Mogan David Adom.

  43. I just posted the above item on the Red Cross Facebook page. No further donations from this household!

  44. Alberto Calo says:

    Is anybody astonished of the ICRC attitude?
    Have they ever helped Israel?
    NO MORE DONATIONS

  45. Uzi Kattan says:

    The International Red Cross has been a Jew hating organization for a long time. My friend was wounded by Syrian shelling in the 1950 and the IRC came to his aid but when they saw that he's a Jew they said it's only a Jew and left him to bleed to death but he was rescued by the Israeli army. They also told Magen David Adom to drop the Magen David from their ambulances.

  46. Gil Gilman says:

    The Red Cross, whether International or American, is nothing but a giant leech sucking the blood of the unwary for the benefit of their own organization. They aided the Nazis during WWII.

  47. Don't give them visitation rights. We don't need to be gracious to Anti Semites

  48. John Kinory says:

    The ICRC have been a viciously antisemitic sewer for … well, forever. Remember that they wouldn't allow the MDA to join under the Star of David.
    F*** them. I never give them a brass farthing – and tell them exactly why.

  49. abbushuki says:

    If you’ve never been there, you would be shocked to discover that the most commonly spoken language at the Geneva HQ of the International Red Cross is….. Arabic! Surprise! I don’t know how, but the Red Crescent has come to dominate the cross. So expect only an Arab perspective from them.

  50. Judith Dowla says:

    ICRC..Contact Ran Goldstein, Tel Aviv, Tel: +972 52 27 57 517

  51. Miriam Riley says:

    I don't think they are anti Jew, during Hurricane Andrew they charged $5.00 a gallon of water cash only to families. It was free water they got from the coast guards, during 911 they took millions of dollars of donations for the victims families and just kept it, during Katrina I believe the red cross was ban because they never really help anyone. Over 40 years ago my mother ask them for help to get surgery for my sister so she could speak and they told her speaking was cosmetic and they did not cover cosmetic. My allowance was 25 cents a week, I spent it on a bar of soap and wash cloth every week for soldiers in Vietnam, I found out they where charging the soldiers 75 cents for them, explaining why when my cousin returned home my mother forbid me to buy for the red cross ever again. I think the red cross is just a giant heartless scam that sucks the life out of everyone and it needs to be stopped.

  52. Debbie Lurie says:

    I did the same on the International Red Cross page. I inserted the link as a comment on two posts on the page. I knew the organization was anti-Semitic, but was thrown by how bad it really is.

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