[Pnews] Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger Strike Suspended; Solidarity and Action Needed for Struggle to Come

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Tue Aug 11 10:30:40 EDT 2015

    Prisoners’ Hunger Strike Suspended; Solidarity and Action Needed for
    Struggle to Come

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

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails announced today, 11 August, that 
hundreds of prisoners affiliated with the Popular Front for the 
Liberation of Palestine,who had planned to launch a hunger strike today 
are suspending their planned strike after a concession from Israeli 
prison administration cancelling the order banning family visits 
imprisoned Palestinian leader and PFLP General Secretary Ahmad Sa'adat. 
*The Palestinian prisoners are still calling for action - click here to 
find out what you can do. 

The PFLP prisoners issued a statement noting that the struggle of the 
prisoners is far from over, and that they along with all other 
Palestinian factions inside the prison are engaged in united planning 
for the next steps of struggle:

Following the announcement of the planned hunger strike to begin today, 
the Israeli Prison Service was forced to rescind the order prohibiting 
imprisoned PFLP General Secretary, Comrade Ahmad Sa'adat from family 
visits. The first visit with his family will take place this month and 
the next in September, and there is a final agreement with the comrades 
in the PFLP's prison branch to cancel this order on a permanent basis.

The PFLP branch in the prisons of the occupation emphasizes that the 
struggle inside the prisons is continuing and escalating, and that it is 
working in coordination with all Palestinian factions in the prisons, 
uniting all Palestinian prisoners, for the next stages of struggle to 
secure all of our demands and improve the circumstances of life for the 
prisoners. Therefore, the prison branch of the PFLP has suspended its 
decision to go on hunger strike as one faction, and will join together 
with the entire Palestinian prisoners' national movement in the protest 
steps to come.

*The struggle of Palestinian prisoners remains critical and 
international action is necessary. This concession was only attained 
because of the willingness of Palestinian prisoners to put their bodies 
on the line to confront injustice, and because of the eyes of the 
Palestinian people and the world on the struggle of the prisoners. 
Today, the united prisoners' movement is calling for action, solidarity 
organizing and escalation of boycott to achieve its goals.*

In particular, the situation of *Palestinian lawyer and hunger striker, 
Muhammad Allan, 31, 
held in administrative detention without charge or trial since November 
2014 is particularly critical and demands international action and 
solidarity. Allan has been on hunger strike for 56 days and is shackled 
hand and foot to his hospital bed in Barzilai hospital. He is being 
threatened with force-feeding - cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment 
amounting to torture - and becoming the first victim of the new 
force-feeding law passed by the Knesset last month, condemned by UN 
officials, the Israeli Medical Association, the World Health 
Organization and human rights advocates. *His medical situation is dire, 
and international action can help to not only save his life but gain his 
freedom and that of his fellow over 5750 Palestinians in Israeli jails.*

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network notes that Palestinian 
prisoners' organizations are working together to determine the next 
phase of struggle. The Israeli prison administration and occupation 
forces exert great efforts to divide Palestinian prisoners and their 
demands from one another by targeting particular Palestinian political 
factions - first one, then another. We also must stay on high alert, as 
we - and the prisoners' movement - are well aware that Israeli 
occupation forces routinely violate the agreements obtained through 
Palestinian prisoners' struggle.*

*The Palestinian prisoners' movement is acutely aware of its conditions 
within the prisons of the occupation; every day, they live in 
confrontation with an occupier which routinely violates their rights, 
and yet they continue to organize and struggle. Our task must be not 
only to amplify their voice but to build a loud, broad and strong 
movement to achieve the just demands of the prisoners; their liberation; 
and the cause for which they struggle - the liberation of Palestine.*

*Take Action today for Palestinian prisoners!*

*1. Sign on: Send a letter demanding Muhammad Allan’s freedom,* 
and that he not be force-fed. Israeli officials must hear the voice of 
the world demanding that this threat of torture be stopped, and that 
Allan, imprisoned without charge or trial, be freed.

*2. Send a solidarity statement with Palestinian prisoners. *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 with Muhammad Allan and the Palestinian 
prisoners 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 prisoners.

*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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