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Palestinians Xmas rally for prisoners

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A Christmas tree outside the Red Cross in Bethlehem was lit up on Saturday (December 22) in support of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Human rights groups have condemned Israel's detention of some 300 Palestinians without trial. Israeli authorities say the procedure is used in some security-related cases as it helps to protect confidential sources from exposure in court. A mass hunger strike began on April 17th in protest against detention without trial and to demand better conditions, such as more family visits and an end to solitary confinement. Israel had signalled that it was prepared to offer concessions on prison conditions. It has shown no willingness to end so-called administrative detention where prisoners can be held indefinitely without charge or trial.

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