[Pnews] April 17th - Palestinian Prisoners’ Day - Call to Action - Resources, Factsheets, Posters and more

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  Call to Action: Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2016

April 15, 2016

*On 17 April each year, Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian people, 
and the world mark the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian 

Commemorated since 1974, when the first Palestinian prisoner, Mahmoud 
Hijazi, was freed in a prisoner exchange with the Palestinian 
Resistance, 17 April is a day of protests, rallies, marches, forums and 
more to commemorate the struggle of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli 
occupation jails and demand their freedom.

*We join with the Palestinian prisoners’ movement in calling on 
organizations and people of conscience around the world to take action 
on 17 April to express your solidarity and call for freedom for 
Palestinian political prisoners. *

Over 7,000 Palestinian prisoners 
are currently held in Israeli jails. More than 700 of them are held in 
administrative detention without charge or trial. The others face 
military courts which convict over 99% of the Palestinians that appear 
before them. Over 400 Palestinian children as young as 12 years old are 
held in Israeli prisons.

Every night, Israeli occupation forces conduct violent armed invasions 
of Palestinian villages, cities, refugee camps and homes, ransacking 
them and arresting dozens of Palestinians. This comes amid near-daily 
killings and extrajudicial execution of Palestinians by occupation 
forces, the demolition of the homes of the families of Palestinian 
prisoners, new racist laws targeting Palestinians who hold Israeli 
citizenship, and further escalating repression.

International action has seen some response: G4S, the British-Danish 
security corporation targeted for a global boycott 
of its role in providing security systems, control rooms and equipment 
to Israeli prisons, has announced it is selling off its Israeli 
and leaving the market entirely. However, it’s critical to keep the 
pressure on G4S until their equipment and security systems are no longer 
being used to imprison Palestinians, block their movement at 
checkpoints, or besiege Gaza.

G4S doesn’t only profit on the imprisonment of Palestinians, of course. 
Black student movements at Columbia University 
the University of California 
and Cornell University 
have led in building campus boycotts and divestment against G4S because 
of its role in private imprisonment in the United States, especially of 
youth, and have won significant victories. Organizing with movements 
confronting imprisonment and racist oppression, including the Black 
movement and the prison divestment movement, is particularly crucial in 
confronting common oppressors; the Black4Palestine statement 
<http://black4palestine.com> identified G4S as a strong common target 
for struggle. Confronting racism and oppression of all forms comes hand 
in hand with confronting Zionist settler-colonial racism in Palestine.

Palestinian Prisoners’ Day this year also comes amid international 
repression of Palestinian organizing – for example, the attacks on BDS 
in France 
and the arrest and prosecution of BDS activists 
– and the imprisonment and persecution of Palestinians and fellow 
strugglers in international prisons, as in the cases of Georges Ibrahim 
the Holy Land Five <http://freedomtogive.com>, and Rasmea Odeh. 

On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 2016, key issues facing Palestinian 
prisoners in Israeli prisons include:

  * *Solitary confinement:* nearly 20 Palestinians are being held in
    long-term solitary confinement
    a form of torture
    <http://antitorture.org/new-solitary-confinement/>. They are
    demanding return to general population.
  * *Administrative detention*: over 700 Palestinians are imprisoned
    without charge or trial under administrative detention, often
    targeting community leaders and activists like Eteraf Rimawi
    circus teacher Mohammed Abu Sakha
    or journalist Musab Kufaisheh.
  * *Attacks on students*: In the past weeks, Al-Quds University, the
    Arab American University and other Palestinian universities have
    been raided by Israeli occupation forces
    Student leaders and activists
    at Bir Zeit University, Al-Quds University, An-Najah University and
    other institutions have been arrested and imprisoned, in an attempt
    to stifle student organizing and activism.
  * *Torture and mistreatment*: Nearly every Palestinian prisoner is
    subject to “legitimate” torture
    abuse under interrogation, including lengthy periods of being held
    in painful stress positions, sleep deprivation, sexual threats and
    threats to family members, and direct beating and physical assaults.
    The vast majority of children arrested report
    experiencing physical and psychological torture and abuse at the
    hands of Israeli occupation soldiers and intelligence agents;

*Take action for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day! *

 1. *Organize a protest at an Israeli consulate or embassy, a G4S
    office, or public square on Sunday, April 17* for Palestinian
    prisoners. Bring flyers and leaflets or signs, and call for freedom
    for Palestinian political prisoners. Or join with movements for
    prison divestment or other issues around racism and mass
    incarceration for joint protests against racist imprisonment of all

 2. *Organize a forum or discussion about Palestinian prisoners.* Help
    build awareness and action in support of Palestinian prisoners.
    Participants can also write letters to Palestinian prisoners.

 3. *Screen a film* – whether as a large event in a cinema, or a small
    get together in a home – on Palestinian prisoners. Titles include
    “Tell your tale, little bird
    <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdkoxBjKM1Q>,” “Women in Struggle
    <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0Va7-cNxf8>,” “Hunger Strike
    <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u49jwfcLwuE>,” “Palestine: la case
    “Degrees of Incarceration
    “A Path to Gaza Prison Camp <https://vimeo.com/82837494>,” “Lina
    <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwyEY6kTopY>,” “Detaining Dreams
    <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rw69pLILqw>,” “Crayons of Askalan
    <https://www.realeyz.tv/en/crayons-of-askalan.html>,” “Stone Cold
    “Beyond the Walls
    “At the Heart of a Siege <https://vimeo.com/124086440>,” and “Stolen
    Youth <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NDf8SLbRtI>.” The new
    feature film by Mai Masri, “3000 Nights
    <https://www.facebook.com/3000NightsFilm/>,” focuses on the
    Palestinian experience of imprisonment.

Send your events to samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net> 
or link them to Samidoun on Facebook, 
<https://www.facebook.com/SamidounPrisonerSolidarity/?fref=ts> or tweet 
us at @SamidounPP. <http://twitter.com/SamidounPP>

*Some events already happening for Prisoners’ Day include:*

Thursday, 14 April
Protest: Free All Palestinian Prisoners 
5:30 pm
Square Charles DeGaulle

*New York City*
Friday, 15 April
Protest: Celebrate Resistance Before Palestinian Prisoners Day 
4:00 pm
G4S Office, 19 W. 44th St, New York City

Friday, 15 April
Concert: Militant Rap for Palestinian Political Prisoners 
7:00 pm
Centro Occupato Autogestito T28, Via dei Transiti 28, Milan, Italy

Saturday, 16 April
Outdoor Event: Juggling for Mohammed Abu Sakha and Palestinian Prisoners 
2:00 pm
Place de l’Albertine, Brussels

Saturday, 16 April
March: Palestinian Prisoners’ Parade 
12:30 pm
Gower Street (Corner of Torrington Place), London, UK

Saturday, 16 April
Protest: Support Palestinian Political Prisoners 
3:00 pm
Place du Chatelet

Sunday, 17 April
Manifestation: International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian 
12:00 pm
Place de la Monnaie, Brussels, Belgium

Sunday, 17 April
Concert and Gathering: Support Palestinian Prisoners – Al Raseef Concert 
5:00 pm
Piazza Truogoli di Santa Brigida, Genova, Italy

Sunday, 17 April
Concert: Militant Rap for Palestinian Political Prisoners 
7:00 pm
Cox18, Via Conchetta 18, Milan, Italy

Sunday, 17 April
Gathering: Palestine Afternoon 
1:00 pm
La Chapelle, 36 rue Danielle Casanova, Toulouse, France

Sunday, 17 April
Demonstration: Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 
6:00 pm
Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain
New York*
Sunday, 17 April
Speakout: Speak Out for Prson Divestment on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 
1:30 PM
Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Sunday, 17 April
Forum: Freedom for All Palestinian Prisoners 
4:00 pm
Academy of Arts and Culture of Kurdistan, 16 rue d’Enghien, Paris

Sunday, 17 April
Protest: Palestinian Prisoners Day 
3:00 PM
Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria

Sunday, 17 April
Gathering: Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day 
4:00 pm
Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, Berlin, Germany

*Camden, UK*
Sunday, 17 April
Protest: Palestinian Prisoners Day 
5:00 pm
Meet near Kentish Town Tube Station, Camden, UK

Sunday, 17 April
Protest: Palestinian Prisoners Day in London 
3:00 pm
The Queen’s Walk, Golden Jubilee Bridges, London

Sunday, 17 April
Protest: Tent City to Free All Political Prisoners 
6:00 pm
British Consulate, 777 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sunday, 17 April
Protest: Stop G4S – Palestinian Prisoners Day 
6:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hamra Main Street, Beirut, Lebanon

Monday, 18 April
Forum: Palestinian Lawyer Aouda Zbidat on Palestinian Political 
7:30 pm
Pery’s Hotel, Glentworth St, Limerick

Tuesday, 19 April
Forum: Palestinian Lawyer Aouda Zbidat on Palestinian Political 
8:00 pm
The Imperial Hotel, South Mall, Cork, Ireland

Wednesday, 20 April
Forum: International Day to Free Political Prisoners 
6:00 pm
Grand Place de Lille, 10 rue Royale, Lille, France

Wednesday, 20 April
Forum: Palestinian Lawyer Aouda Zbidat on Palestinian Political 
7:00 pm
The Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place, Dublin, Ireland


  Palestinian Prisoners’ Day: Resources, Factsheets, Posters and more

April 15, 2016

Palestinian Prisoners’ Day 
marked since 1974 and commemorating the release of Palestinian prisoner 
Mahmoud Hijazi in a prisoner exchange, is an international day of 
action, solidarity and support for over 7,000 Palestinian political 
prisoners in Israeli jails. Events and actions will take place in cities 
and on campuses around the world, in solidarity with the struggle of 
Palestinian prisoners.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is providing the 
following materials to help support events for Palestinian Prisoners’ 
Day and beyond. Please feel free to download, print, and re-circulate 
these materials!

Please share your Palestinian Prisoners’ Day event with us – send us a 
link to your upcoming event, or send us pictures or reports of previous 
events. Email us at samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net>

weeblyWeb resources on Palestinian Prisoners:

  * Samidoun <http://samidoun.net>
  * Addameer <http://addameer.org>
  * Inminds <http://inminds.com>
  * G4S Facts <http://g4sfacts.org/>

Social Media campaign for Palestinian Prisoners: *Change your profile 
picture for Palestinian Prisoners Day! 

Call to Action and List of International Events for Palestinian 
Prisoners Day: *Call to Action – Palestinian Prisoners Day 2016 

For the posters and signs below, it’s easy to turn these A4/8.5×11 signs 
into large posters for rallies – just follow the steps below:

1.) Print sign at A4/8.5 x 11 and place face down on a copier that 
prints A3/11×17.

2.) Using A3/11″ x 17″ paper, enlarge the layout to 200% of the original.

3.) After you make your copies of the top portion of the sign, turn it 
around on the copier. (You may have folded the layout in two, although 
this isn’t necessary. I find it easier just to turn the sign around.)

4.) Copy the bottom half of the sign on 11″ x 17″ paper to 200% of the 

5.) You now have two 11″ x 17″ ledger-sized sheets of paper which when 
glued, taped or stapled, one above the other, will make a 17″ x 22″ 
sized sign.


Download: Factsheet on Palestinian Prisoners 

Download: G4S – Securing Apartheid Flyer 

Download: Flyer – Apartheid in Israeli Prisons 


Download: Poster Sign: End Administrative Detention 

Download: Poster/Sign: Stop G4S – Boycott Zionism 

Download: Poster – Free Georges Abdallah 

Download: Poster/Sign – Free All Palestinian Prisoners 

Download: Poster/Sign: Free Hunger Strikers and All Prisoners 

Download: Poster: Free Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian Prisoners 

Download: Poster: Freedom for Palestinian Political Prisoners 

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