Family visits: An emotional lifeline

02 May 2017

Family visits to Palestinian detainees in Israeli places of detention are an emotional lifeline not just for those behind bars, but also for the relatives left behind.

Since 1968, the ICRC has been running and administering a family visit programme that enables persons living in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jerusalem and occupied Golan, to visit their relatives in Israeli detention facilities.

Israel detains Palestinians within its territory – but not within the occupied territory as required by the law of occupation. As a result, visiting family members have to obtain special permits, endure long waiting intervals when crossing terminals and checkpoints and undertake long trips to see their loved ones.


This photo gallery introduces us to some of the Palestinian detainees' families who have used the ICRC's family visit programme.

Read also News release : Detainees' contacts with families are Israel's obligation under IHL

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