[Ppnews] Sumoud Notes on the Israeli Raid on the Jericho Prison
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Thu Mar 16 13:36:04 EST 2006
Sumoud Notes on the Israeli Raid on the Jericho Prison
By Rafeef Ziadah and Hazem Jamjoum
Sumoud, March 16, 2006
Sumoud Political Prisoners Group strongly
condemns the Israeli attack and 9-hour siege on
the Jericho prison that took place yesterday.
Three Palestinians were killed and tens injured
during the siege. Ahmad Saadat, Ahed Abu Ghoulmi
and four other prisoners were kidnapped during the siege by Israeli forces.
Sumoud notes the following:
The kidnapped prisoners are legitimate,
well-respected political leaders of the
Palestinian people who have consistently fought
to defend their people against Israeli attacks
and occupation. Ahmad Saadat was elected to the
Palestinian Legislative Council at the head of
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) ticket.
During the siege, Israeli military and
political leaders openly announced their
intention to commit war crimes. One Israeli
colonel involved in the operation told the
newspaper Haaretz "The objective is to arrest
them, but there are no negotiations. Either they
come out or they will be killed." The willingness
to simply surround a Palestinian prison and
assassinate those inside is an indication of the
barbaric and racist nature of the Israeli state.
It is remarkable that statements such as these -
an open call to commit war crimes - can pass
without comment within the Canadian media. It is
one further confirmation of the cheapness with
which Palestinian life is viewed by those in the West.
The Palestinian Authority bears complicity in
the kidnapping of the six prisoners and the
killing of the three Palestinians during the
arrest. Sa'adat was never tried or accused before
a court of law. His arrest was illegal and his
release had been demanded by the Palestinian High
Court, Amnesty International and other! human
rights organizations. The other prisoners had
been tried in a kangaroo court that did not meet
the minimum standards of due process. Despite
this travesty, the PA continued to submit to
British, American and Israeli pressure and refused to release the prisoners.
We note that the Israeli raid on the Jericho
prison took place with the full consent of
British and American forces. The fact that
international monitors simply disappeared from
the prison prior to the raid is a striking
indication of this fact. Once again, the
Palestinian people are reminded that they should
have no faith in the false neutrality of the international community.
Israel is renowned for its use of violent
torture against Palestinian political prisoners.
There is no doubt that those kidnapped from
Jericho will face this type of torture and we
hold the British and US governments responsible
for their conditions in detention.
Sumoud demands the immediate release of those
kidnapped from Jericho along with the 8000
political prisoners currently held by Israel.
For more information contact Sumoud
Email: <mailto:sumoud at tao.ca>sumoud at tao.ca or
The Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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