[Ppnews] Isolation of Ahmad Sa'adat extended six months

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Thu Oct 22 18:40:54 EDT 2009


Outrage! Isolation of Ahmad Sa'adat extended six months
Free Ahmad Sa'adat

<http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/>http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/

October 22, 2009 - As actions 
<http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/palestine-oct22.html>across Palestine 
and <http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/international-oct22.html>around 
the world in support of imprisoned Palestinian national leader Ahmad 
Sa'adat continue, the illegitimate Israeli occupation military court 
in Bir Saba today extended Sa'adat's isolation for six additional 
months. <http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/>Take action today to say 
that we will not allow these abuses to continue!

Ahmad Sa'adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the 
Liberation of Palestine, continued his boycott of the occupation 
courts, stating that these courts are illegitimate, invalid and can 
produce nothing but a mockery of justice, and that these courts are 
part and parcel of the war machine that continues its aggression 
against the Palestinian people, with isolation another weapon in their arsenal.

Sa'adat has already been held in isolation for over six months, in a 
special solitary confinement unit at Ramon prison where he is 
confined without access even to the other prisoners in the larger 
isolation unit, and deprived of basic human rights. His personal 
books have been confiscated and he is routinely denied access to 
television, newspapers or any other source of information.

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. Palestinian national 
leaders, such as Sa'adat, have been particularly targeted for 
isolation, solitary confinement and similar punitive mechanisms and 
violations of their human rights, in order to suppress the 
Palestinian prisoners' movement, which has been at the forefront of 
the Palestinian struggle for freedom, liberation, return and 
self-determination.

TAKE ACTION TO SUPPORT AHMAD SA'ADAT AND ALL PALESTINIAN PRISONERS!

Ahmad Sa'adat and nearly 10,000 Palestinian prisoners are struggling 
for freedom and calling upon the active support of people around the 
world for the freedom of the prisoners, their people and their 
homeland. This latest outrage demands our action and attention!

Across Palestine, throughout the Arab world, from France, Denmark, 
Poland, Italy, Galicia, Greece the U.S., Canada, Brazil and around 
the world, actions are taking place and statements are pouring in to 
support Ahmad Sa'adat and the Palestinian prisoners, demanding an end 
to isolation and freedom for these 10,000 hostages.

1. Distribute the Free Ahmad Sa'adat flyer: 
<http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/saadat-flyer.pdf>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(<http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/About+the+Ministry/Diplomatic+missions/Web+Sites+of+Israeli+Missions+Abroad.htm>http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/About+the+Ministry/Diplomatic+missions/Web+Sites+of+Israeli+Missions+Abroad.htm) 
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 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 
info at freeahmadsaadat.org with announcements, reports and information 
about your local events, activities and flyer distributions.

Ahmad Sa'adat and nearly 10,000 Palestinian prisoners are daily on 
the front lines, confronting Israeli oppression and crimes. Today, he 
is suffering six months more of inhumane and unjust isolation after 
over 200 days in solitary confinement. 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
<http://freeahmadsaadat.org>http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org
info at freeahmadsaadat.org

WHO ARE THE PALESTINIAN PRISONERS?

There are nearly 10,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli 
jails. In the West Bank, nearly half of all men have been detained in 
occupation prisons. They are members of all Palestinian political 
parties and factions, and come from all walks of life - activists, 
teachers, farmers, students. They are women and men, and children and 
youth. They include in their number hundreds of administrative 
detainees - arbitrarily detained individuals held without charge on 
secret evidence. They also include approximately 27 members of the 
Palestinian Legislative Council. All of these prisoners are held in 
Israeli occupation jails because they are struggling for the freedom 
of their people and their land.

WHO IS AHMAD SA'ADAT?

Ahmad Sa'adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the 
Liberation of Palestine, was elected to his position in 2001 
following the assassination of the previous General Secretary, Abu 
Ali Mustafa, on August 27, 2001 by a U.S.-made Apache missile shot 
from an Israeli military helicopter as he sat in his office in 
Ramallah. He was abducted by Palestinian Authority security forces 
after engaging in a meeting with PA officials under false pretenses 
in February 2002, and was held in the Muqata' PA presidential 
building in Ramallah until April 2002, when in an agreement with 
Israel, the U.S. and Britain, he and four of his comrades were held 
in the Palestinian Authority's Jericho prison, under U.S. and British guard.

He remained in the PA jails, without trial or charge, an imprisonment 
that was internationally condemned, until March 14, 2006, when the 
prison itself was besieged by the occupation army and he and his 
comrades were kidnapped. While imprisoned in the PA jail in Jericho, 
he was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council. Since that 
time, he has been held in the prisons of the occupation and 
continually refused to recognize the illegitimate military courts of 
the Israeli occupation. He was sentenced to thirty years in prison on 
December 25, 2008 solely for his political activity, and has spent 
over six months in isolation at the present time.

On March 18, 2009, Sa'adat was moved into isolation at Asqelan 
prison, facing serious medical consequences. In June 2009, Sa'adat 
engaged in a nine-day hunger strike against his isolation. On August 
10, 2009, Sa'adat was moved from the isolation cells at Asqelan to 
the isolation unit at Ramon prison in the Naqab desert. On October 
22, 2009, he was consigned to an additional six months in the isolation cells.

Sa'adat's biography, writings and statements are available at the 
website of the <http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org>Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat.

The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat
<http://freeahmadsaadat.org>http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org
info at freeahmadsaadat.org




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