[Pnews] 180 Palestinian prisoners now on hunger strike; PFLP prisoners to strike Tuesday

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Mon Aug 10 10:36:28 EDT 2015

    Update: Take Action: 180 prisoners now on hunger strike; PFLP
    prisoners to strike Tuesday

by samidoun <http://samidoun.net/?author=1>

*There are now 180 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on open hunger 
strike and hundreds more set to begin striking on Tuesday, 11 August.* 
The wave of strikes was initiated after Israeli special forces attacked 
Palestinian prisoners in Nafha 
injuring 30 prisoners in a violent nighttime raid, including Ahmad 
Sa'adat, Palestinian political leader and General Secretary of the 
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Groups of prisoners were 
isolated and transferred from Nafha and Palestinian prisoners launched a 
campaign of resistance.

*TAKE ACTION: Click here for action steps to support Palestinian 
prisoners on hunger strike. 

120 prisoners in Nafha affiliated with Fateh launched a hunger strike 
on Thursday, 6 August, demanding an end to isolation and solitary 
confinement, the return of transferred prisoners, an end to the denial 
of family visits, canteen access and an end to the raids on prisoners. 
On 9 August, 32 prisoners affiliated with Islamic Jihad 
a hunger strike as several dozen more Fateh prisoners in Ramon and Eshel 
prisons joined the strike. The prisoners of Islamic Jihad announced that 
they were dissolving their leadership as of Monday 10 August - thus 
leaving no official representatives to negotiate with Israeli prison 
administration, and demanded the end of the isolation of prisoner Nahar 
Saadi <http://almuhja.com/news33061a386.html>, the end of the 
force-feeding law and in particular its use against Muhammad Allan, and 
expressed their support for the striking Fateh prisoners and their demands.

These open hunger strikes come in addition to several individual hunger 
strikes, including that of Muhammad Allan 
31, a Palestinian lawyer held without charge or trial in administrative 
detention who has been on hunger strike for over 55 days, is in a severe 
medical emergency situation and is being threatened with force-feeding 
by the Israeli military under the new force-feeding law that has been 
condemned by UN representatives, the Israeli Medical Association and 
human rights advocates. *Click here to take action on Muhammad Allan's 

The prisoners affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of 
Palestine in all Israeli prisons announced on 9 August that their 
escalation to open hunger strike - earlier announced for Sunday and then 
delayed until Wednesday - will now take place on Tuesday. Ahmad Sa'adat, 
for whom the Israeli prison service had promised to end the denial of 
family visits, was instead ordered to an additional three-month 
prohibition on family visits on Sunday, even as a one-month ban on 
family visits was imposed on all Palestinian prisoners in the Negev 

The leftist party's prison branch issued the following statement:

The prison branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, 
headed by national leader Ahmad Sa'adat, will launch an open hunger 
strike on Tuesday [11 August], following a stalemate in the negotiations 
with the Prison administration, brought about by the Prison Service's 
intransigence in response to the just demands of the prisoners. In 
addition, today a military order was issued extending the security 
prohibition against leader Sa'adat, denying him family visits for an 
additional three months.

The prison branch confirmed that the Front's prisoners, led by Sa'adat, 
have decided to fight a long and difficult battle with the occupation 
which is not conditioned by any covenants or undertakings, after 
exhausting all options in order to impel the occupier to respond to the 
demands of the prisoners.

The PFLP prisoners called on the masses of our people, the Arab and 
Muslim communities and countries, and the forces of justice and freedom 
in the world to provide the widest support and solidarity to the 
struggle of the prisoners' national movement in the battles of 
confrontation and steadfastness they are waging around the clock against 
the prison and intelligence officials of the occupation. The breadth and 
depth of solidarity gives prisoners inspiration to continue the struggle 
until their rights are achieved in full.

The PFLP prisoners have put forward their demands:

  * allowing family visits for prisoners who have been, until now,
    prohibited from such visits with their loved ones, including
    Palestinian political leader Ahmad Sa'adat;
  * providing necessary and adequate medical care to sick prisoners;
  * ending the policy of administrative detentions;
  * improving the living conditions inside the prisons;
  * prohibiting invasions and raids by special units of the Zionist
    forces, including the Metsada unit, on the sections and cells of the

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses its 
strongest solidarity with all Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike and 
those launching their strike on Tuesday, and all of the over 5750 
Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. They and their bodies are 
daily on the front lines of the Palestinian struggle for justice, return 
and liberation, and their political strength and unity are a compass 
point that inspires all of us in the solidarity movement.*

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network fully and 
unconditionally supports the prisoners in their demands and urges 
actions around the world by friends of Palestine and Palestinian 
communities to support these prisoners.*

*Take action now!*

*1. Sign on to this statement in support of the prisoners' demands 
<http://bit.ly/HungerStrikeSolidarity>. *Organizational and individual 
endorsements are welcome - and organizational endorsements particularly 
critical - in support of the prisoners' demands and their actions. 
*Click here to sign or sign below: http://bit.ly/HungerStrikeSolidarity*

*2. Send a solidarity statement. *The support of people around the world 
helps to inform people about the struggle of Palestinian prisoners. It 
is a morale booster and helps to build political solidarity. Please send 
your solidarity statements to samidoun at samidoun.net 
<mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net>. They will be published and sent directly 
to the prisoners.

*3. Hold a solidarity one-day hunger strike in your area. *Gather in a 
tent or central area, bring materials about Palestinian prisoners and 
hold a one-day solidarity strike to raise awareness and provide support 
for the struggle of the prisoners and the Palestinian cause. Please 
email us at samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net> to 
inform us of your action - we will publicize and share news with the 

*4. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area.*  Bring 
posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger 
strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important 
information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this issue 
in your next event about Palestine and social justice. Please email us 
at samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net> to inform us of 
your action - we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

*5. Boycott, Divest and Sanction.* Hold Israel accountable for its 
violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign 
to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, 
a global security corporation, 
is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail 
Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott it 
<http://www.bdsmovement.net/activecamps/g4s>. *Palestinian political 
prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S*. 
Learn more about BDS at bdsmovement.net <http://bdsmovement.net>.

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