[Ppnews] Puerto Rico Conference - Support for Palestine and Palestinian Political Prisoners

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Tue Dec 18 10:24:56 EST 2012


WHEREAS Israel was established in 1948 by European funded Zionist 
militias which employed racist
violence against the native Palestinian People to cause their death, the 
destruction of over 450 cities and
villages, and the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians from their 
original homes and lands;

WHEREAS Israel then implemented a series of laws aimed at dispossessing 
the Palestinians, preventing
their return to their homes, and denying the basic rights of 
Palestinians who remained in the 1948 territories,
for the purpose of creating an apartheid system under which Palestinians 
are denied the right to own
property, to marry freely and be united with their families, in 
contravention of UN Resolution 194;

WHEREAS Israel has occupied the Gaza Strip and West Bank territories 
since the Six- Day War of 1967,
immediately after which Israel began to erect settlements on the 
occupied lands of Gaza and the West Bank
in contravention UN resolution 242;

WHEREAS the Government of Israel still maintains Israeli Occupation 
forces to continue and expand the
dispossession, imprisonment and exile of the Palestinians so as to 
facilitate land confiscation by expansion
of Israeli, “Jewish only” roads and settlements as part of its ethnic 
cleansing of the Palestinian People, and
denies Palestinian Christians and Muslims access to houses of worship 
and deprives them of their rights to
freedom of worship in violtion of the Geneva Conventions;

WHEREAS the Israeli government by way of continued dispossession, ethnic 
cleansing, siege, and violence
continues to expel the Palestinian Population such that approximately 
two-thirds of the Palestinian are
refugees, internally displaced, or live in exile;

WHEREAS the withdrawal of Israeli Occupation Forces and settlements from 
the Gaza Strip in August
2005 were followed by increased Israeli control of Gaza’s borders, sea 
and airspace, public utilities, the
public registry, and Gaza’s internal economy, and in 2006 escalated to 
total blockade and siege on the Gaza
Strip which according to the UN Report entitled, “Palestine 2020,” faces 
a grave humanitarian crisis, mass
shortages of human food and health supplies and will become unlivable as 
a result of the Israeli blockade;

WHEREAS the Israeli Occupation Forces have continued to attack and bomb 
the Palestinian People,
institutions and infrastructure in Gaza since 2006, with grave 
escalation of these attacks in December 2008
wherein over 1400 Palestinians were killed and again, beginning November 
14 2012, for eight (8) days
killing over 160 Palestinians, wounding hundreds more, and again 
destroying institutions only recently

WHEREAS, Israel continues to abduct and currently holds over 4,600 
Palestinians as political prisoners,
including men, women and over 160 children, over half of whom have not 
been tried or otherwise tried by
secret evidence in Military Tribunals,

WHEREAS, one out of every four Palestinians living in the West Bank and 
Gaza has been subject to
political arrest or detention, including 40% of Palestinian men from the 
West Bank and Gaza, all of whom
are subject to psychological and physical torture, as directed by a 
series of over 1500 Israeli military
regulations in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and

WHEREAS, Palestinian Leaders and Legislative Council members including 
Ahmad Sa'adat and Marwan
Barghouti, are systematically targeted for political arrest and 
imprisonment by the Israeli government and
the Palestinian Authority, and

WHEREAS, almost three-thousand (3,000) Palestinian Prisoners launched a 
hunger strike in April of 2012
demanding the end of administrative detention and dignified treatment of 
Political Prisoners, and five (5)
prisoners remain on Hunger Strike including administrative detainees 
Ayman Sharawna, on hunger strike
for 158 days, and Samir Al-Issawi, on hunger strike for 127 days; and

WHEREAS, political imprisonment has been one part of a deliberate 
strategy to deprive Palestinians of
their leaders, educators, writers, journalists, clergy, unionists, and 
popular activists from all political
orientations, as part of the dispossession and repression of the 
Palestinian Arab people in the interests of
colonialism and occupation for over sixty years, including the denial of 
millions of Palestinian refugees' right
to return home, and

WHEREAS, there are numerous political prisoners in United States jails, 
veterans of Black, Puerto Rican,
Latino, Arab, and other liberation movements, including Puerto Rican 
political prisoners struggling against
U.S. colonialism, and Palestinian, Arab and Muslim political prisoners 
struggling against Israel’s colonialism,

WHEREAS, the political imprisonment, military occupation, expansion of 
settlements and maintenance of
Apartheid systems in all parts of Palestine is made possible by the 
billions of dollars in economic and
military support as well as the vast political and diplomatic support 
given to Israel by the United States,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we condemn all manifestations of 
institutionalized racism and
colonialism by the Israeli and American governments;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call for the immediate freedom of all 
Palestinian political prisoners
and detainees, held in U.S. and Israeli jails;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call for an immediate end to the 
selective and predatory
prosecutions of political activists in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Palestine;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we shall actively work for the immediate 
freedom of all political
prisoners in U.S. jails, including the Oscar Lopez Rivera, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we uphold and recognize the inalienable 
right of Palestinians to resist
occupation, oppression and massacres, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call on the U.N. and people across the 
world to support the call
for Academic, Cultural and Consumer Boycott Divestment and Sanctions 
against Israel for its repeated
violations of International Law and its War Crimes against the 
Palestinian People;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we shall endeavor to issue statements, hold 
events and otherwise
publicize the cases of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we shall endeavor to support the struggles 
and organizing of
Palestinian political prisoners, and the work of activists and 
organizations on the ground working for justice
and freedom for Palestinian political prisoners, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we shall support, through events, 
statements, delegations and
advocacy, the cause of freedom for which these thousands of prisoners 
are held – the right to selfdetermination,
liberation and return for all Palestinians in exile and in all of 
historic Palestine.
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 10th, 2012.
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org

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