[Pnews] Palestinian Prisoners Day: Take Action, Stand with Palestinian Prisoners!

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Fri Apr 17 10:46:36 EDT 2015

  Palestinian Prisoners Day: Take Action, Stand with Palestinian Prisoners!

April 17, 2015

Palestinian Prisoners Day, marked on April 17, commemorates the first 
liberation of a Palestinian political prisoner – Mahmoud Hijazi – by an 
exchange conducted by the Palestinian resistance. Since 1974, 
Palestinians and their supporters have taken action, marched, 
demonstrated and come together to demand freedom for all of the 
Palestinian prisoners held in the prisons of the Israeli occupation on 
this annual occasion. *Take action this year to demand freedom and 
justice for the prisoners of freedom behind Israeli bars. 

Today, there are nearly 6,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli 
jails; 500 of them held under administrative detention without charge or 
trial. There are 200 child prisoners, 24 women prisoners, and 14 members 
of the Palestinian Legislative Council behind bars. There are 85 
prisoners, released in the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange of 2011, 
targeted for re-arrest and persecution by the Israeli occupation. There 
are 1500 sick prisoners, including 16 severely ill in the Ramle prison 
clinic, 24 with cancer, and 80 with other severe illnesses.

All sectors of Palestinian society are targeted for political 
imprisonment. Since 1967, 850,000 Palestinians have been detained and 
imprisoned by the Israeli state – over 1 million since 1948. 40% of 
Palestinian men in the West Bank have spent time in Israeli prisons, and 
25% of the total population. Palestinians from the West Bank, including 
Jerusalem; from Gaza; from 1948 occupied Palestine; Palestinian refugees 
– all are and have been political prisoners, imprisoned for their 
struggle for freedom and liberation. Palestinian prisoners are workers, 
farmers, teachers, engineers, doctors, community organizers, fathers, 
mothers, sisters, brothers and freedom fighters.

Palestinian refugees outside Palestine – members of the Palestinian 
diaspora – are also Palestinian political prisoners: the cases of the 
Holy Land 5, Sami al-Arian and Rasmea Odeh <http://justice4rasmea.org> 
in the United States demonstrate the transnational nature of the 
repression of Palestinian struggle and organizing. Arab struggler 
Georges Ibrahim Abdallah <http://freegeorges.org> has served over 30 
years in French prison for his commitment to the Palestinian cause.

Mass imprisonment of Palestinians is part and parcel of the colonial 
settler project of the Israeli state and the Zionist movement in 
Palestine. It is a mechanism of colonial control, meant to disrupt and 
repress political organizing, divide and destabilize communities and 
families, and terrify the population. 90% of Palestinians imprisoned by 
Israel have reported experiencing physical or psychological torture. 
When Palestinians are arrested, they are subject to administrative 
detention – arbitrary imprisonment without charge or trial, on secret 
evidence; or they are brought before the military courts, where 99.74% 
of Palestinians brought before them are convicted.

In the case of Khalida Jarrar <http://samidoun.net/khalidajarrar>, 
Palestinian political leader, leftist, parliamentarian and feminist, 
arrested April 2, she is facing both administrative detention without 
charge or trial, and charges in the military court explicitly seeking to 
imprison her for her political activity, including and in particular her 
activism to free Palestinian political prisoners.

Despite the overwhelming oppression of the colonial system of 
imprisonment, apartheid and occupation brought against Palestinians, 
Palestinian prisoners have created what has been termed “a revolutionary 
school” inside the prisons, passing on education in struggle and 
resistance, even when the occupier blocks all access to university 
education. Palestinian prisoners’ political activity, statements and 
leadership galvanize and inspire not only their fellow Palestinians, but 
international liberation, anti-colonial and anti-imperialist, and social 
justice movements by their leadership, commitment to principles and 

Imprisoned Palestinian political leaders, like Ahmad Sa’adat, Khalida 
Jarrar, Marwan Barghouti and Aziz Dweik, are leaders not only inside the 
prisons, nor even only among Palestinians – but are symbols of justice, 
liberation and the struggle for freedom.

*This Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, it is essential to build our 
international activism and support for Palestinian prisoners – to demand 
their case be taken up in international arenas, including the 
International Criminal Court; to insist on their freedom; to struggle to 
end the use of administrative detention, to free child prisoners, to end 
isolation; to refuse to allow Israel to isolate and silence the 
political leaders and resistance strugglers of Palestine behind the 
walls of occupation prisons*.

And, most centrally, *to escalate our activity and struggle at all 
levels – through boycott, divestment and sanctions and all forms of 
international solidarity – to support the struggle for which these 
thousands of Palestinians have sacrificed so much, the return of 
Palestinian refugees and the liberation of Palestine and the Palestinian 

*Take Action:*

  * *Demand freedom for Khalida Jarrar and an end to administrative
    *Khalida Jarrar is an exemplary Palestinian political leader – a PLC
    member, a longtime leftist, an advocate for Palestinian prisoners,
    and a member of the Palestinian follow-up committee for the
    International Criminal Court. She is being targeted both for
    administrative detention without charge or trial, and charged for
    her political activity by Israeli military courts. Take action to
    free Khalida and to end the system of administrative detention
    holding 500 Palestinians indefinitely in occupation prisons.
  * *Demand justice for Jaafar Awad and freedom for sick prisoners.
    *Jaafar Awad, 22, died on April 10 two months after his release from
    Israeli prison. His illness began in prison; he was shackled hand
    and foot while receiving treatment after initial denials of a
    problem. He was denied access to an Israeli hospital with more
    advanced treatment before he died. 54 Palestinian prisoners have
    died of medical neglect inside Israeli jails, and scores more
    shortly after their release, like Jaafar. There are dozens of
    critically ill Palestinian prisoners. Take action to demand their
  * *Demand an end to isolation and solitary confinement for Khader
    Adnan and all Palestinian prisoners
    *Palestinian activist Khader Adnan captured the attention of
    millions around the world in 2012, when he won his freedom from
    administrative detention without charge or trial. Today, he has been
    imprisoned – once again, under administrative detention without
    charge or trial. He is being isolated for speaking out against the
    medical abuse that killed Jaafar Awad. Ending isolation and solitary
    confinement is a long-time demand of Palestinian prisoners – and a
    commitment that Israel has repeatedly broken.
  * *Boycott and Divest from G4S – a global security corporation which
    provides security systems for Israeli prisons holding Palestinian
    prisoners <http://www.bdsmovement.net/activecamps/g4s>. *Boycott,
    divestment and sanctions – and the international isolation of the
    Israeli state – is a critical method of international
    accountability. Israel’s corporate co-conspirators, like G4S, must
    also be highlighted for their role in providing the “security
    systems” for the prisons where Palestinians are tortured, isolated
    and wrongly imprisoned. BDS South Africa
    won major victories against G4S in South Africa – and people around
    the world are rejecting G4S.
  * *Demand freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat, Marwan Barghouti and Palestinian
    political leaders.* <http://freeahmadsaadat.org> Political leaders
    like Sa’adat, Barghouti – and Jarrar – are being imprisoned for
    their political leadership among Palestinians. 14 members of the
    Palestinian Legislative Council are imprisoned. These political
    leaders are being imprisoned in an attempt to silence their voices
    and isolate them from the Palestinian people.
  * *Demand freedom for Lina Khattab and an end to the targeting of
    Palestinian students.*
    students like Lina Khattab are targeted for their student union work
    and activity on campus. Stop the attempts to suppress the next
    generation of struggle.

Events are taking place around the world this year for Palestinian 
Prisoners’ Day – in Dublin 
<http://www.ipsc.ie/event/dublin-palestinian-prisoners-day-protest-ipsc>, Berlin 
Firenze, Padova, Milano 
Greece, Austria 
<http://english.palinfo.com/site/pages/details.aspx?itemid=71212> – and 
more. To send us updates or list your event, please contact us 
<http://samidoun.net/contact-us/> or email samidoun at samidoun.net 
<mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net>.

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