Sheehan to visit Palestine to investigate Israeli detention policy
March 1, 2013
Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson on the Middle East Pat Sheehan, along with a number of European elected representatives, will be visiting Palestine this weekend, Friday 1st March until Sunday 3rd March. This delegation is being organised by the CEPR (Council for European-Palestinian Relations).
Speaking ahead of the visit Mr Sheehan said:
“The visit to Palestine is organised by Council for European-Palestinian Relations and will include elected representatives from across Europe.
“During the visit we will meet with Palestinian children who had spent time in Israeli jails, the families of Samer Al-Isawi and Aiman Al-Sharawna , who have both been on a hunger strike in the Israeli jails for more than 200 days. We will also be with the family of Arafat Jaradat, the Palestinian prisoner who died in Israeli custody in the past week.
“The delegation will also meet with the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Dr. Aziz Dwaik.
“This will provide an opportunity to see first hand the impact that the current punitive Israeli detention strategies are having on all aspects of Palestinian life and allow us to bring this experience and the experience of those affected to a wider audience.”