[Pnews] 13th anniversary of imprisonment of Ahmad Sa’adat - Free Palestinian prisoners, end security coordination

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Mon Dec 29 11:24:26 EST 2014

  Call to Action: 13th anniversary of PA imprisonment by Ahmad Sa’adat:
  Free Palestinian prisoners, end security coordination

Dec 29, 2014

The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat <http://freeahmadsaadat.org> issued 
the following statement calling for international actions to demand 
freedom for imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat (who was just 
subject to an Israeli military order banning him from family visits for 
three more months) and all Palestinian prisoners, and to demand an end 
to Palestinian Authority security coordination with Israel, on January 
15. Actions are already planned in Italy 

January 15, 2015 marks the 13th anniversary of the capture and 
imprisonment through deception of Palestinian political leader Ahmad 
Sa’adat at the hands of Palestinian Authority security forces. *On 
January 15-25, 2015, please join the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat in 
demanding freedom for Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners and an end 
to PA security coordination with Israel!* */(Events are already 
scheduled in Italy 
– more to come soon!)/*

On January 15, 2002, Ahmad Sa’adat, Palestinian leader and General 
Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was 
abducted by Palestinian Authority security services 
in Ramallah, joining several of his comrades already seized by the 
Palestinian Authority, following a fraudulent invitation to a meeting by 
then-PA security official Tawfiq Tirawi 
Captured at the behest of Israeli occupying forces, Sa’adat and his 
comrades wereheld for over four years 
<http://freeahmadsaadat.org/biographical-timeline/> in the Palestinian 
Authority’s prison in Jericho, under U.S. and British guards. During 
that time, Sa’adat was never charged and even the PA’s high court 
ordered his release: but the demands of Israel, the U.S. and Britain 
kept him and his comrades behind bars in a Palestinian Authority prison 
until the prison itself was attacked and the Palestinians held there 
seized by Israeli military forces on March 14, 2006.

The political imprisonment of Ahmad Sa’adat is perhaps the 
highest-profile case of what security coordination between Israel and 
the Palestinian Authority means for Palestinians. Palestinian political 
activists are detained, questioned and imprisoned by the hundreds by PA 
security services – based on complaints from Israeli occupation forces – 
or for “insulting” PA officials on facebook or other social media. In 
addition, the United States 
Canada <http://yvesengler.com/2013/07/19/aid-to-palestine-or-israel/> 
and theEuropean Union 
<http://electronicintifada.net/content/eu-police-mission-complicit-israeli-pa-rights-abuses/9064> have 
poured millions of dollars into funding this “security coordination” at 
the expense of the Palestinian people.

For too many Palestinian political prisoners, Palestinian Authority 
detention and interrogation has become a “revolving door” with Israeli 
jails, political imprisonment, and administrative detention without 
charge or trial. Political prisoners are interrogated upon their release 
from Israeli jails by PA security forces, while Palestinian activists 
released from PA custody are frequently once again arrested by Israeli 
occupation military forces. The military assault and abduction of 
Sa’adat and his comrades from the PA prison in Jericho, where he was 
held under US and British guard, to an Israeli prison, is perhaps the 
most visible example – coming, as it did, after reports that incoming PA 
officials elected in 2006 might refuse to continue to illegally detain 
Sa’adat and his comrades.

PA security coordination is part and parcel of the Oslo process, which 
has been disastrous for the Palestinian people. Rather than leading to 
any form of real rights, self-determination or independence, the Oslo 
process and repeated negotiations have created a Palestinian security 
service that works not to protect the Palestinian people from Israeli 
military attacks, colonial settler assaults and violence against land 
and people, but instead to protect the occupier from the legitimate 
resistance of a colonized people under occupation.

Meanwhile, that occupation force has only escalated its mass 
imprisonment against the Palestinian people and their leaders. Ahmad 
Sa’adat has been denied family visits for the past three months – and 
prohibited from family visits for three months more 
to come. The denial of family visits is being used as a weapon against 
Palestinian political prisoners and as a method of collective punishment 
against Palestinian families; it is a new form of isolation being 
imposed upon Sa’adat and other Palestinian leaders in an attempt to 
break their will and the will of the Palestinian people. Over 1,000 
Palestinians have been sent to administrative detention, imprisonment 
without charge or trial, in 2014, and there are over 6,500 Palestinian 
political prisoners held in Israeli occupation prisons.

*We demand freedom for all Palestinian political prisoners! End PA 
Security Coordination with Israel! Stop the denial of family visits!*

Use the form 
let the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat know about your local action or 
email us at campaign at freeahmadsaadat.org 
<mailto:campaign at freeahmadsaadat.org>. We will list your events on the 
Campaign website <http://freeahmadsaadat.org/> and publicize them. 
(Italy day of action scheduled now 

*Suggested actions:*

 1. *Protest at your local **Israeli consulate or embassy*
    <http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/israel>*demanding freedom
    for Palestinian political prisoners.*
 2. *Protest at **official Palestinian embassies and missions*
    <http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/palestine>*demanding an
    end to security coordination.*
 3. *Phone Palestinian officials at the **embassy in your country*
    <http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/palestine>*and call for an
    end to security coordination with Israel.*
 4. *Distribute **flyers or handbills*
    <http://freeahmadsaadat.org/resources/>* about Ahmad Sa’adat and
    Palestinian prisoners, and security cooperation*
 5. *Post or drop a banner calling for freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat and
    Palestinian prisoners in your city.*
 6. *Hold a forum or educational event on Ahmad Sa’adat and Palestinian
    prisoners’ struggle.*

For assistance and support in your activities, please contact the 
Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat 
<http://freeahmadsaadat.org/contact-us/> at campaign at freeahmadsaadat.org 
<mailto:campaign at freeahmadsaadat.org>.

*Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat*
*http://freeahmadsaadat.org <http://freeahmadsaadat.org/>*
*info at freeahmadsaadat.org <mailto:info at freeahmadsaadat.org>*
*Twitter: @FreeAhmadSaadat*

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