Rights group denounces Israeli lawmaker’s assault on Gaza prisoners’ families

Gaza City, Dec 26 (Petra) �� A Palestinian human rights group on Tuesday condemned an assault by extremist Israelis, led by a lawmaker from the ruling Likud party, on buses carrying families of Palestinian prisoners heading to visit their relatives in an Israeli detention centre.

Member of the Knesset, Oren Hazan, and other extremists blocked the entrance of buses to the desert Nafha jail in southern Israel and abused women and other relatives of prisoners to demand that Hamas give information about Israelis the Palestinian group holds.

In a statement, obtained by Petra in Gaza, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights held Israel responsible for the assault, “particularly as it was perpetrated under the protection of Israeli soldiers, who allowed the extremist lawmaker to be accompanied by cameras to record his abuses and humiliation of the prisoners’ families”.

It said that official Israeli circles were implicated in this “inhumane and denigrating assault, which amounts to a criminal act under international conventions”, as they knew beforehand that right-wingers had planned to storm the buses from Gaza.

The statement warned that the recurrence of such an attack would endanger the lives of prisoners’ families, most of whom are elderly people, women and children, and held the occupation authority and the Red Cross fully responsible for their safety and protection of their dignity under the Geneva Conventions.

It urged the Red Cross to secure the visits of prisoners’ families in “a manner to preserve their dignity” and intercede with the occupation authorities to stop such “acts of aggression”.

Source: Jordan News Agency