[Pnews] Across the Globe: Transnational Solidarity with Palestinian Mass Hunger Strike

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Thu Aug 11 10:38:44 EDT 2016


  Across the Globe: Transnational Solidarity with Palestinian Mass
  Hunger Strike

August 11, 2016

In light of the mass hunger strikes taking place inside Israeli prisons 
and detention centers in solidarity with hunger striking administrative 
detainee Bilal Kayed, Addameer and Samidoun, and the US Palestinian 
Community Network (USPCN) wish to express their support for 
participation in and appreciation of  the far-reaching solidarity 
actions across the globe. These actions have included stands of 
solidarity, public demonstrations, awareness raising leaflets and 
pamphlets, lectures and talks, as well as solidarity hunger strikes in 
other countries. Palestine, in its struggle against the Israeli 
occupation, has long mobilized transnational solidarity among peoples 
who have shared experiences of living under colonial imperialism, 
government oppression, racial domination and economic exploitation.

People around the globe have been mobilizing and organizing solidarity 
actions with Bilal Kayed and other prisoners and detainees, including 
the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Tunisia, Lebanon, 
Egypt, Morocco, Greece, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, 
Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Jordan, France, Ireland, Canada, and many 
other countries. Additionally, various networks and coalitions, 
including /Black Solidarity with Palestine/ 
/have issued solidarity statements. Irish Republican Prisoners in 
Maghaberry Prison in Northern Ireland expressed solidarity 
<https://www.facebook.com/irpwa/posts/1739302139685139:0> with the 
hunger strikers in the hands of Israeli authorities “who have a lengthy 
record of abuse and torture of prisoners in occupied Palestine”. From 
South Africa, diverse voices for justice have spoken out for the hunger 
strikers <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8B-QJuNook>. In France, 
imprisoned Lebanese Arab political prisoner Georges Ibrahim Abdallah 
returned meals for three days in solidarity with Kayed and his fellow 
strikers. In Palestine, solidarity tents throughout major cities 
organize a series of actions and events to express solidarity with the 
mass hunger strikes.

The issue of Palestinian prisoners and detainees held in Israeli prisons 
and detention centers transcends one of individual human rights; it is 
also one of collective rights of an entire people – the Palestinian 
people, who continue to be deprived of the right to self-determination 
and sovereignty – basic fundamentals of international law. All 
Palestinian political prisoners – regardless of their alleged political 
affiliations or charges – are entitled to fair trial guarantees under 
international humanitarian law and international human rights laws. 
Palestinian political prisoners and detainees are systematically 
subjected to torture and ill treatment with continued impunity – 
highlighting the need for more solidarity actions from people around the 
globe to call for immediate release of all Palestinian political 
prisoners, long-denied their basic rights.

Transnational solidarity between various oppressed peoples and 
liberation movements around the globe demonstrates that the struggle for 
rights is a historical one that is connected through distinct 
experiences of oppression and dehumanization. Oppression, repression, 
and brutality of state terror persist despite the existence of 
internationally recognized rights, as oppressed peoples continue to be 
denied basic human rights, including the right to self-determination.

We salute all of the strugglers for justice who have taken to the 
streets and spoken with their communities about the mass hunger strike 
of Palestinians in Israeli jails. At this urgent moment, we call on all 
friends of Palestine to continue, expand and intensify their global 
solidarity actions for the freedom of Palestinian prisoners. As Bilal 
Kayed enters his 58^th day of hunger strike and as the mass movement 
inside Israeli prisons grows for his release, it is critical that the 
international movement be loud and clear when state actors are complicit 
or silent. In particular, we urge all to intensify the movement for 
boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel for the freedom 
of Palestinian political prisoners and the freedom of Palestine, and for 
BDS groups to take up actions in support of the rights of Palestinian 

We salute all of the political prisoners around the world leading the 
movement for justice, freedom and self-determination. Together, our 
global solidarity is crucial to collectively face repression and defeat 
racism, imperialism and exploitation

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