[Ppnews] Ahmad Sa'adat transferred to isolation in Ramon prison
Political Prisoner News
ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Wed Aug 12 17:00:32 EDT 2009
Urgent: Ahmad Sa'adat transferred to isolation in Ramon prison!
August 11, 2009
Imprisoned Palestinian national leader Ahmad Sa'adat, the General
Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was
transferred on August 11, 2009 to Ramon prison in the Naqab desert
from Asqelan prison, where he had been held for a number of months.
He remains in isolation; prior to his transfer from Asqelan, he had
been held since August 1 in a tiny isolation cell of 140 cm x 240 cm
after being penalized for communicating with another prisoner in the
Attorney Buthaina Duqmaq, president of the Mandela Association for
prisoners' and detainees' rights, reported that this transfer is yet
another continuation of the policy of repression and isolation
directed at Sa'adat by the Israeli prison administration, aimed at
undermining his steadfastness and weakening his health and his
leadership in the prisoners' movement. Sa'adat has been moved
repeatedly from prison to prison and subject to fines, harsh
conditions, isolation and solitary confinement, and medical neglect.
Further reports have indicated that he is being denied attorney
visits upon his transfer to Ramon.
Ahmad Sa'adat undertook a nine-day hunger strike in June in order to
protest the increasing use of isolation against Palestinian prisoners
and the denial of prisoners' rights, won through long and hard
struggle. The isolation unit at Ramon prison is reported to be one of
the worst isolation units in terms of conditions and repeated
violations of prisoners' rights in the Israeli prison system.
Sa'adat is serving a 30 year sentence in Israeli military prisons. He
was sentenced on December 25, 2008 after a long and illegitimate
military trial on political charges, which he boycotted. He was
kidnapped by force in a military siege on the Palestinian Authority
prison in Jericho, where he had been held since 2002 under U.S.,
British and PA guard.
Sa'adat is suffering from back injuries that require medical
assistance and treatment. Instead of receiving the medical care he
needs, the Israeli prison officials are refusing him access to
specialists and engaging in medical neglect and maltreatment.
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat demands an end to this isolation
and calls upon all to protest at local Israeli embassies and
consulates (the list is available at:
and to write to the International Committee of the Red Cross and
other human rights organizations to exercise their responsibilities
and act swiftly to demand that the Israelis ensure that Ahmad Sa'adat
and all Palestinian prisoners receive needed medical care and that
this punitive isolation be ended. Email the ICRC, whose humanitarian
mission includes monitoring the conditions of prisoners, at
<mailto:jerusalem.jer at icrc.org>jerusalem.jer at icrc.org, and inform
them about the urgent situation of Ahmad Sa'adat!
Ahmad Sa'adat has been repeatedly moved in an attempt to punish him
for his steadfastness and leadership and to undermine his leadership
in the prisoners' movement. Of course, these tactics have done
nothing of the sort. The Palestinian prisoners are daily on the front
lines, confronting Israeli oppression and crimes. Today, it is urgent
that we stand with Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian prisoners
against these abuses, and for freedom for all Palestinian prisoners
and for all of Palestine!
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat
<mailto:info at freeahmadsaadat.org>info at freeahmadsaadat.org
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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