Cairo Conference Held in Solidarity with Palestinian and Arab Prisoners in Israeli Jails

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Cairo, Egypt | May 14, 2012

Family members of Palestinian and Arab prisoners gathered in Cairo on Monday, May 14, for a conference dubbed the "Festival in Solidarity with Palestinian and Arab Prisoners in Israeli Jails." The event was organized by the Egyptian Journalists' Syndicate, the Arab Lawyers' Union, and the Arab Organization for Human Rights.

The conference discussed the conditions of Palestinian and Arab prisoners who are currently staging a hunger strike due to suffering isolation and humiliation at the Israeli jails for several years.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Fadwa Barghouti, wife of Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti:
"We want the Arab human rights organizations to press the international institutions to push Israel to secure visits for the prisoners, and stop the policy of solitary confinement. For more than 13 years, some prisoners are still in the Israeli occupying jails in solitary confinement. Likewise, we demand an end to the policy of administrative arrest without charges or files. It is done by a secret file that even the prisoner's lawyer cannot know anything about."

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Nashaat al-Wihaidi, Fatah member and representative at Prisoners' Committee for National and Islamic Forces in Gaza:
"There are more than 2,500 Palestinian prisoners. If they were in another country, they would make a small community. Today, there is a small Palestinian community in Israeli jails. I would like to say while we're in Egypt, the Arab League has to rise earnestly and responsibly to address the world to support the prisoners and rescue them from deadly Israeli policies."

The family members said that bans on family visits, solitary confinement, and shackling have recently increased in the Israeli jails, and called on all Arab and International human rights organizations to act responsibly to ensure the prisoners' rights.

The attendees demanded the Arab League raise the issue of living conditions of Arab and Palestinian prisoners in Israel to the United Nations, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 14, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 14, 2012
Length: 0:02:37
Video Size: 130 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Close up, banner of the conference reading "Festival in Solidarity with Palestinian and Arab Prisoners in Israeli Jails"
2. Various shots of posters of Palestinian prisoners
3. Various shots of the attendees including Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt Barakat al-Farra
4. Various shots of the speakers and the attendees
5. Various shots of attendees holding posters of their detained family members
6. Pan right, the conference and the attendees
7. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Fadwa Barghouti, wife of Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti:
"We want the Arab human rights organizations to press the international institutions to pressure Israel to secure visits for the prisoners and stop the policy of solitary confinement. For more than 13 years, some prisoners are still in the Israeli occupying jails in solitary confinement. Likewise, we demand an end to the policy of administrative arrest without charges or files. It is done by a secret file that even the prisoner's lawyer cannot know anything about."

  1. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Nashaat al-Wihaidi, Fatah member and representative for Prisoners' Committee for National and Islamic Forces in Gaza:
    "There are more than 2,500 Palestinian prisoners. If they were in another country, they would make a small community. Today, there is a small Palestinian community in the Israeli jails. I would like to say while we're in Egypt, the Arab League has to rise earnestly and responsibly to address the world to support the prisoners and rescue them from the deadly Israeli policies."
  2. Various shots of the conference and the attendees
  3. Various shots of a mother of one of the prisoners chanting statements demanding his release and the attendees repeating after her
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