[Ppnews] Updates and Actions from the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat

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Updates from the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat

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

January 24, 2011 - <http://freeahmadsaadat.org>Ahmad Sa'adat, 
Palestinian national leader and political prisoner, remains in 
isolation, for nearly 700 days, prohibited from family visits, 
reading material confiscated, and barred from his friends and fellow 
prisoners, and accompanied by his fellow prisoner in isolation, Jamal 
Abu el-Hija.

Isolation and prevention of human contact is widely understood by 
human rights advocates to be ill-treatment that amounts to torture 
and/or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, in violation of the 
Geneva Conventions. Ongoing and repeated isolation that will now 
stretch to over two years, justified by vague declarations of 
"security" needs, indicate that the Israeli regime is dedicated to 
attempting to isolate Sa'adat not only from his fellow prisoners, but 
to isolate and silence his voice among the Palestinian people.

Sa'adat's ongoing isolation only serves to make clear time and again 
that the Israeli courts are merely an arm of the occupation, 
dedicated at all levels to maintaining the oppression of the 
Palestinian people and providing a "legal" pretext for ongoing 
brutality and human rights abuses.

<http://freeahmadsaadat.org/tunisia.html>Despite the Israeli 
occupation's goals, however, Sa'adat has continued to speak out. From 
isolation, Sa'adat issued a message congratulating the people of 
Tunisia for their remarkable revolution and the promise it holds for 
the Arab world.

In addition, the French Foreign Minister, Ms Michelle Alliot-Marie, 
visited Gaza on January 21, 2011, where she referred to the 
Palestinian resistance's detention of occupation solidier Gilad 
Shalit as a "war crime." At the same time, she had no words for the 
thousands of Palestinian prisoners held hostage in Israeli jails, 
including Salah Hammouri, a French and Palestinian citizen held in 
Israeli jails. The Campaign condemned the Foreign Minister and 
demanded an apology to the Palestinian prisoners. 
(<http://freeahmadsaadat.org/ffm012111.html>Statement here in French 
and English). <http://www.salah-hamouri.fr/>Learn more about the case 
of Salah Hammouri!

January 15, 2011 marks the ninth anniversary of Sa'adat's kidnapping 
by Palestinian Authority security forces, at the behest of Israeli 
and U.S. demands, as part of the policy of "security cooperation." 
The <http://freeahmadsaadat.org/9thenglish.html>Campaign issued a 
statement in English and 
<http://freeahmadsaadat.org/9tharabic.html>Arabic condemning the PA 
and demanding an immediate end to the policy of security cooperation. 
Indeed, the documents of the Palestine Papers newly released by 
Al-Jazeera, revealing inside details of negotiations on such topics 
as Jerusalem, the right of refugees to return and security 
cooperation only confirm that such policies have been a disaster for 
the Palestinian people; the tragedy of security cooperation is 
illustrated precisely by Sa'adat's case.

Sa'adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the 
Liberation of Palestine, has been held in Israeli jails since March 
14, 2006, when he was abducted from Jericho prison, where he had been 
held in a Palestinian Authority prison under U.S. and British guard. 
While imprisoned in the PA jail in Jericho, he was elected to the 
Palestinian Legislative Council. He was sentenced to thirty years in 
prison on December 25, 2008 by an Israeli military court for his 
political activity, and has spent over 500 days in 
continually-renewed isolation at the present time.

The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat salutes the human rights and 
Palestine solidarity activists around the world who have rallied to 
struggle for Sa'adat and the approximately 7,000 prisoners held in 
the jails of the occupation. <http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org>Read the 
Campaign website for more news about actions - including vigils in 
Ireland and a tour in late 2010 by Abla Sa'adat, Ahmad Sa'adat's 
wife, in the United States.

This work defeats the occupation's plans - it refuses to allow the 
Palestinian prisoners, on a Palestinian, Arab or international level, 
to be isolated. The voices of Ahmad Sa'adat and the Palestinian 
prisoners will be heard, and no bars or isolation will prevent that.


1. The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat calls upon all supporters of 
justice and human rights to write to U.S. President Barack Obama and 
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and demand an end to U.S. aid to 
Israel. The U.S. is responsible for Sa'adat's kidnapping - demand it end now!

Write here: 

2. Write a letter to Ahmad Sa'adat. Letters of support are important 
and demonstrate solidarity with Ahmad Sa'adat and Palestinian 
prisoners - let him know that the world is demanding his freedom. 
Email the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat at 
<mailto:info at freeahmadsaadat.org>info at freeahmadsaadat.org with your 
letters, or use our contact form at: 
We will send all letters received to Palestine. We also encourage you 
to write to him directly using this address: Ahmad Sa'adat, Ramon 
Prison, Ramon area, PO Box 699, Postal Code 80600, Israel.

3. Organize an event in your local area to support Palestinian 
prisoners. Please contact  the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat at 
<mailto:info at freeahmadsaadat.org>info at freeahmadsaadat.org about your 
own events and activities!

The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat

<mailto:info at freeahmadsaadat.org>info at freeahmadsaadat.org

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