[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.
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.
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. 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
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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