Red Cross cuts Family Visits to Palestinian Prisoners*

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Red Cross cuts Family Visits to Palestinian Prisoners*

By Clare Maxwell

Relatives of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons hold a sit-in at the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 2015. Shadi Hatem APA images

Naimeh Shamlawi missed her youngest son more than ever during Ramadhan, which concluded earlier this month.

Ali, 19, has spent the last three years in Israeli military detention on attempted murder charges. Israeli prosecutors claim that he and four friends threw rocks at an Israeli settler’s car, causing a crash that resulted in the death of a young Israeli girl.

Though they took a plea deal, Ali and his friends, known as the Hares Boys, have maintained their innocence throughout their trial and incarceration.

The evidence against them, they say, was based on “confessions” extracted under torture. But that’s small comfort to their…

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