[Ppnews] On the Anniversary of the Abduction of Ahmad Sa'adat

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<http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/10years.html>10 Years in Prison, 10 
Years of Struggle: <http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/10years.html>On 
the Anniversary of the Abduction of Ahmad 

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

January 15, 2012 is the 10th anniversary of the abduction of 
Palestinian political leader Ahmad Sa'adat by the Palestinian 
Authority in Ramallah at the hands of the PA intelligence services 
headed by Tawfiq Tirawi. Sa'adat, the General Secretary of the 
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, has been imprisoned 
for ten years - first by PA security, then under US and British guard 
in a PA prison in Jericho, and now, for the past six years, inside 
Israeli jails alongside thousands of other Palestinian political 
prisoners after a siege on Jericho and the kidnapping of Sa'adat and 
his comrades in 2006.

The kidnapping of Ahmad Sa'adat on January 15, 2002, was emblematic 
of the deep damage of the crime of "security cooperation" to the 
Palestinian people and their national cause. "Security cooperation" 
has meant nothing but attacks on the Palestinian resistance at the 
behest of Israel, committed by Palestinian Authority hands. The 
abduction of Ahmad Sa'adat, and his imprisonment - and that of his 
comrades - in the PA prison in Jericho, under U.S. and British guard, 
was a clear example of the PA's status as fundamentally beholden to 
the interests of Israel, the U.S. and other international powers, at 
the expense of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian resistance.

The abduction of Ahmad Sa'adat has come to symbolize the thousands of 
Palestinians who have gone through the jails of the PA because of 
their loyalty to the Palestinian people, cause and resistance, and 
the impunity of PA officials - like Tawfiq Tirawi - who continue to 
find lucrative and influential positions within the Authority despite 
their shameless acts of betrayal, imprisoning, and abducting 
Palestinian leaders and activists.

This complicity with Israeli demands for the subjugation and 
suppression of the Palestinian people led directly to the Israeli 
assault on Jericho prison in 2006, where Ahmad Sa'adat and his 
comrades were immobilized in the face of Israeli occupation 
aggression. Sa'adat had never been charged with a crime throughout 
his four years in PA prison; his release had been ordered by the PA's 
highest court. Yet the PA refused to release Sa'adat, respecting the 
dictates of Israel, the US and Britain above Palestinian legitimacy; 
it claimed that it "could not guarantee his safety" outside the 
prison. Yet it simultaneously guaranteed that he and his comrades 
could not be safe from Israeli aggression, their locations known at 
all times by Israel and under the watchful eyes of U.S. and British 
guards, directly in collusion with Israel. (It should be noted that, 
forewarned of the attack, the U.S. and British guards absented 
Jericho prison at the request of the Israeli occupation army.)

Since his second kidnapping, from a PA prison to the heart of the 
occupation's jails, Ahmad Sa'adat has remained a leader of the 
prisoners' movement. Today, he has spent nearly three full years in 
isolation at the hands of the occupation. He was an inspiration - and 
his release from isolation a key demand of the prisoners' hunger 
strike that galvanized the Palestinian prisoners' movement and the 
prisoners' cause in October 2011.

Just as Sa'adat's kidnapping is a symbol of the crime of security 
cooperation, Sa'adat's imprisonment in the hands of the occupation is 
a symbol of the steadfastness of the nearly 5,000 prisoners inside 
the jails of the occupation - like his fellow prisoners, resisting 
isolation, refusing rights violations, and not allowing their will 
and strength to be broken by the actions of the occupation jailers.

Ten years after the abduction of Ahmad Sa'adat, this anniversary is a 
reminder that we must continue to organize, act, and demand the 
freedom of Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian political prisoners, and 
expose the complicity of the U.S., British, Canadian and other 
international governments in the enforcement of "security 
cooperation" and the abuse and mass imprisonment of Palestinian 
political leaders and activists by the Israeli occupation.

While the Quartet pushes the Palestinian Authority to return to bogus 
negotiations with the occupation (while the occupation continues 
settlement expansion, ethnic cleansing, land confiscation, home 
demolitions, isolation, solitary confinement, and mass imprisonment), 
it is urgent that we form an international popular basis of support 
for the Palestinian people and their activists and leaders inside the 
jails of the occupation, rather than those complicit with the 
occupation at the table of negotiations.

Take Action!

1. Picket, protest or call 
Israeli embassy or consulate in your location and demand the 
immediate freedom of Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian political prisoners.

2. Distribute the <http://freeahmadsaadat.org/flyer-as.pdf>free 
downloadable Campaign 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 prisoners' rights are recognized. 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 
isolation is a human rights violation and a form of torture, and that 
the ICRC must stand up and play its role to defend prisoners' rights.

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


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. PFLP fighters retaliated by assassinating Rehavam Ze'evi, 
the racist extremist Israeli tourism minister and head of the Moledet 
party, notorious for his political platform based on the "transfer" 
or ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, on October 17, 2001.

Sa'adat 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 
nearly three years in isolation at the present time.

Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat

January 15, 2012

The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat


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

Twitter: <http://twitter.com/freeahmadsaadat>@FreeAhmadSaadat

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