[Ppnews] Oct 22 - Stand with Ahmad Sa'adat for Palestinian Prisoners' Rights and Freedoms!

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Sun Oct 18 15:22:27 EDT 2009

October 22: Take Action to End Isolation and Free Ahmad Sa'adat and 
Palestinian Prisoners!


Imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa'adat is going to court on 
Thursday, October 22, 2009 to challenge isolation of Palestinian 
political prisoners in Israeli prisons. Join the Campaign to Free 
Ahmad Sa'adat and take action today to uphold Palestinian prisoners' 
rights and support Palestinian prisoners' struggle for freedom!

Ahmad Sa'adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the 
Liberation of Palestine, has been held in isolation in Ramon prison 
in the Naqab desert for six months, when he was transferred from 
Hadarim prison in Asqelan after 14 days of isolation. Sa'adat has 
been targeted for isolation and abusive prison conditions alongside 
other Palestinian national leaders and popular prison leaders, and 
placed in special isolation units. Within these isolation units, 
Sa'adat has been placed further inside a separate isolation unit 
where he is confined without access even to the other prisoners in 
isolation, and deprived of basic human rights. His personal books 
have been confiscated and he is allowed access to newspapers only 
once or twice weekly.

He has been denied family visits - his wife, Abla, has been denied 
visits for three months - as well as legal visits, and barred from 
purchases at the prison canteen, including cigarette purchases. In 
the prison yard, Sa'adat has been held handcuffed and in ankle 
shackles and allowed only one-hour of exercise/recreation. All of 
this has been 'justified' by the occupation authorities as 
'punishment' for giving two packs of cigarettes to another prisoner. 
The Prison Administration is attempting to criminalize the human and 
social relationship between fellow Palestinian prisoners, and between 
the prisoners and their families outside.

Sa'adat has led in the struggle against isolation, engaging in a 
nine-day hunger strike in July 2009 that was immediately followed by 
his transfer to Ramon prison. He is challenging isolation in court on 
October 22, 2009 and needs your support to challenge isolation of 
Palestinian political prisoners!


Events and activities are expected to be held in Palestine and around 
the world in support of Sa'adat from October 16-22, calling for 
freedom and justice for Sa'adat and all Palestinian prisoners. Join 
in these events in your town, city, or country:

1. <http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/saadat-flyer.pdf>Distribute the 
Free Ahmad Sa'adat flyer: 
http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/saadat-flyer.pdf in your town, city, 
event or location! Bring the flyers to events and activities, or hold 
a flyer distribution at a public place.

2. Call the Israeli embassy or consulate in your location( 
and demand the immediate freedom of Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian 
political prisoners.

3. 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 are freed from punitive isolation. 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.

4.Email the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat at 
<mailto:info at freeahmadsaadat.org>info at freeahmadsaadat.org with 
announcements, reports and information about your local events, 
activities and flyer distributions.

Ahmad Sa'adat has been imprisoned since 2002 in the prisons of the 
Palestinian Authority, held under U.S. and British guard, until his 
abduction by the Israeli occupation forces on March 14, 2006 by an 
occupation military raid on Jericho prison. On December 25, 2008, he 
was sentenced to thirty years inside the occupation prisons. He is a 
member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and one of the foremost 
Palestinian national leaders held inside the occupier's jails.

Ahmad Sa'adat and nearly 10,000 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

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