[Ppnews] Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike in third week

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Wed Oct 12 10:52:29 EDT 2011

Palestinian prisoners' hunger strike in third week
Sa'adat's health in jeopardy as struggle grows! 

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

Palestinian prisoners have entered their third 
week of hunger strike. After two weeks of hunger 
strike, physical symptoms become increasingly 
severe and prisoners' lives and health are ever 
more at risk. As prisoners have put their lives 
and bodies on the line to defend the rights of 
themselves and their people, international 
support and solidarity are continually escalating and much-needed.

The health of Ahmad Sa'adat, General Secretary of 
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine 
and Palestinian national leader who has been in 
isolation for two and one-half years and whose 
struggle is at the center of the demand for an 
end to isolation, is in crisis. Two lawyers 
visited Sa'adat on October 7 and October 9, and 
reported that he was fainting and vomiting - a 
direct consequence of the Israeli Prison 
Service's confiscation of salt from prisoners. He 
has already lost over 7 kilos on the hunger 
strike. Nevertheless, no independent doctors or 
medical professionals have been permitted to 
examine Sa'adat. It is urgent that independent 
medical care reach Sa'adat - call and protest at 
your Israeli consulate or embassy or demand that 
the International Committee of the Red Cross take 
action to protect Sa'adat's life!

Despite his own health crisis, when asked about 
the duration of the strike, Sa'adat responded: 
"We are going to continue. We will not accept 
these degrading conditions. Either we live in 
dignity or we die with our heads high."

It is clear that if there are any consequences to 
Sa'adat's health or life, Israel and its 
isolation policy bear full responsibility and 
have yet more blood on their hands - but silence 
is complicity, and the world governments, 
officials and authorities who allow this to 
continue without raising a word of protest are 
also responsible for the ongoing crimes against 
Palestinian political prisoners and the Palestinian people as a whole.

As of October 9, 300 prisoners were participating 
in a complete open ended hunger strike and 3000 
in a partial hunger strike. Additional prisoners 
have been joining the strike on a daily basis - 
on October 10 and 11, over 1500 prisoners at 
Nafha, Ramon, Eshel, Asqelan, and Gilboa prisons 
have joined in the open-ended strikes

Hunger strike tents continue to grow in cities 
throughout Palestine - in Ramallah, Qalqilya, 
Nablus, Gaza, Salfit, Tulkarem, Nazareth, Haifa. 
Palestinian activists have gone on solidarity 
hunger strike and engaged in ongoing 
mobilizations throughout Palestinian cities. In 
Gaza, three international activists have joined 
in the solidarity hunger strikes. Demonstrations 
in front of Ofer and Asqelan prisons were 
organized by Palestinians in '48 Occupied 
Palestine. On October 12, 2011, a general strike 
is expected to close businesses, schools and 
offices throughout Palestinian cities for hours, 
to express mass popular support for the prisoners' struggle.

Negotiations to end the strike failed on Monday 
as Israeli prison authorities continue to 
disregard Palestinian prisoners' rights. 
Prisoners have been repeatedly denied lawyers' 
visits in several prisons. Prisoners have been 
increasingly denied salt or their salt 
confiscated - a potentially deadly action for 
Sa'adat and other hunger strikers.

Abdel Latif Gheith, Chair of the Board of 
Directors of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human 
Rights Association, was today slammed with a 
six-month ban on entry into the West Bank (as 
defined by Israel.) Gheith is a resident of East 
Jerusalem and was called to al-Moskobiyeh 
interrogation center in Jerusalem to order him 
arbitrarily forbidden from entering the West 
Bank, a severe violation of his right to freedom 
of movement and obvious retaliation for his work 
in support of the prisoners' hunger strike.

International solidarity to support Palestinian 
hunger strikers is growing rapidly:

In Gaza, 
solidarity activists have joined solidarity 
hunger strike tents. "Palestinian prisoners are 
bravely resisting a system that seeks to crush 
them, their families, their communities, and 
their national life. Their struggle deserves our 
full support," said Joe Catron, an activist from 
the U.S. engaged in an open-ended hunger strike.

éirígí, an Irish republican socialist political 
party, held a 
in Dublin demanding freedom for Ahmad Sa'adat and supporting the hunger strike.

Protests took place throughout the U.S., 
including in San Francisco and at Occupy Wall 
Street in New York, in support of the hunger 
strike - and in solidarity with prisoners in 
California on hunger strike. Protesters called 
for the freedom of Ahmad Sa'adat and all 
Palestinian prisoners. 
<http://freeahmadsaadat.org/ijan107.html>See a 
video of a protest organized by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.

organizations and social movements have stood in 
solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, including 
Greek trade unionists, city councillors, and the 
Communist Organization of Greece.

Ibrahim Abdallah, an Arab prisoner in French 
jails, joined the hunger strike as protests took 
place in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in 
Activists in 
Sweden and 
in the solidarity actions across Europe.

Lawyers Guild in the US and the 
Boycott National Committee issued statements and 
calls to action in support of Palestinian political prisoners.

A play, Ana Hurra, supporting Palestinian 
prisoners and telling their stories, began a 
<http://freeahmadsaadat.org/anahurra.html>tour of 
the United States, and 
on Twitter plan global solidarity hunger strikes.


Picket, protest or call the Israeli embassy or 
consulate in your location and demand the 
immediate freedom of Ahmad Sa'adat and all 
Palestinian political prisoners. Make it clear 
that you support the demands of Palestinian 
prisoners on hunger strike! Demand that 
independent doctors and medical experts be 
allowed to examine and treat Ahmad Sa'adat. Send 
us reports of your protests at Israeli embassies and consulates.

2. Distribute the free downloadable 
to Free Ahmad Sa'adat flyer in your community at local events.

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:JER_jerusalem at icrc.org>JER_jerusalem at icrc.org, 
and inform them about the urgent situation of 
Ahmad Sa'adat. Make it clear that Ahmad Sa'adat's 
life and health are gravely at risk and that he 
must be permitted independent medical care, and 
that the ICRC is aware and responsible for any 
risk to Sa'adat's life or health..

4. Join in the Twitter solidarity strike for 
Palestine - Tweet: My name is ( ) and I will go 
on a hunger strike on Wednesday in solidarity 
with Palestinian prisoners. #TweepStrike #HS4Palestine

5. 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.

The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat

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

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