[Pnews] Take Action: Support Palestinian Hunger Strikers Hungry for Freedom!
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Tue Apr 26 10:22:07 EDT 2016
*Take Action: Support Palestinian Hunger Strikers Hungry for Freedom!*
Palestinian prisoner Sami Janazrah
now been on hunger strike for 55 days to demand his freedom from Israeli
jails, where he is held under administrative detention without charge or
trial. On Thursday, 21 April – his 50th day of hunger strike – he lost
consciousness and suffered a head injury
he was transferred from isolation in the Naqab desert prison to
isolation in Ela prison. Moved to Soroka hospital at the time, he was
returned to solitary confinement on Monday, 25 April. Despite
significant weight loss, constant pains and fainting spells after 55
days of hunger strike, he is now being denied medical care and oversight
and has been returned to solitary confinement.
Despite refusing food and consuming only water since 3 March, he was
held for 51 days in solitary confinement in an attempt to pressure him
to end his hunger strike.A Palestinian refugee from Iraq al-Manshiyya
living in Al-Fuwwar refugee camp near al-Khalil, Janazra, 43, is married
with three children and has spent nearly nine years in Israeli prisons
in the past. He is reportedly suffering from low blood pressure,
seizures and fainting spells, and his weight has dropped to 52 kg.
Fellow Palestinian prisoners
under administrative detention without charge or trial, Fouad Assi and
Adib Mafarjah, have now been on hunger strike for 23 days, also
demanding their freedom and an end to the practice of administrative
detention. Approximately 700 Palestinians – out of 7,000 total
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails – are being held on the basis of
“secret evidence” in administrative detention. Administrative detention
orders are issued for up to six months at a time and can be indefinitely
renewed; some Palestinian prisoners have spent years in administrative
detention without charge or trial.
Both Assi and Mafarjah are also held in isolation in Ela prison. Assi’s
cell is inspected every two hours; all of his electrical appliances have
been confiscated. He is the twin brother of Mohammed Assi, who was
killed by the Israeli occupation military on 22 October 2013. Assi has
been held without charge or trial since 9 August 2015. Mafarjah is also
held in solitary confinement, with all of his appliances and clothing
confiscated following his strike. He has been imprisoned without charge
or trial since 10 December 2014.
Palestinian civil society leader with the Union of Agricultural Work
Committees, land defender, and former administrative detainee, wrote that:
“As soon as the first six months pass by, you realize that this is only
the beginning. The snow boll rolls over and over, and gets bigger.
Despite that, the dream of freedom keeps renewing itself, and you hope
for freedom with the end of the new administrative detention period. You
start telling yourself; perhaps they no longer think I am a danger to
their safety and the safety of their public. ”They have released many
prisoners – I might be as lucky as them!”
Your eyes never leave the prison’s door. You look and wait. Every
passing paper can be your detention renewal order.
As soon as your virtual release date nears, you family begins to
continuously ask, “Anything knew?” You answer, not yet, but don’t be too
hopeful. “A renewed detention order is always a possibility.” Your hopes
and those of your families rise as days pass by. But a stroke of a pen
by the military commander is enough to renew your detention for yet
another undefined period.
How do you tell your family that you won’t be with them? How do you tell
your children that their hope for a release must be delayed for
undefined months to come?”
*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges people of
conscience around the world, Palestine solidarity organizations and
supporters of justice to take action in support of these Palestinian
prisoners on the front lines in the struggle against occupation and
apartheid. Samidoun will be holding a protest in New York on Friday, 29
April at 4:00 pm
G4S offices at 19 W. 44th St in Manhattan for their freedom. We urge
people around the world to join us in protest, action, and raising our
voices to demand freedom for Sami Janazrah, Fouad Assi, Adib Mafarjah
and all Palestinian prisoners!*
*1. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy, public square, or G4S
office 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.
*2. Contact political officials in your country – members of Parliament
or Congress, or the Ministry/Department of Foreign Affairs or State* –
and demand that they cut aid and relations with Israel on the basis of
its apartheid practices, its practice of colonialism, and its numerous
violations of Palestinian rights including the systematic practice of
administrative detention. Demand they pressure Israel to free the hunger
strikers and end administrative detention.
*3. 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,
heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail
Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott it
*Palestinian political prisoners have issued a specific call urging
action on G4S*.
more about BDS at bdsmovement.net
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