[Pnews] Global Week of Action: Justice for Omar Nayef Zayed, former Palestinian political prisoner

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    *8-15 January, Global Week of Action: Justice for Omar Nayef Zayed!*
    <http://samidoun.net/2016/01/8-15-january-global-week-of-action-justice-for-omar-nayef-zayed/>



*http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ca6966f2db7aa619c20875634&id=cd36fc8e2d&e=8be79c19ae

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*Omar Nayef Zayed 
<http://samidoun.net/2015/12/urgent-action-stop-extradition-of-omar-nayef-zayed-former-palestinian-prisoner-from-bulgaria/>, 
Palestinian former prisoner and community leader, is being threatened 
with extradition from Bulgaria 
<https://electronicintifada.net/content/palestinian-facing-extradition-takes-refuge-bulgaria-embassy/15082> and 
return to Israeli prisons. A*fter 22 years living in Bulgaria, raising 
three children with his wife, the Israeli state has requested that 
Bulgaria extradite Omar – who was sentenced to a life sentence in 
Israeli military courts in 1986, escaping from custody in 1990 
<http://samidoun.net/2015/12/omar-chased-for-a-quarter-of-a-century-by-tariq-asrawi/> after 
a 40-day hunger strike, and arrived in Bulgaria in 1994. *Join us on 
8-15 January 2016 for a global week of action for justice for Omar Nayef 
Zayed!*

Israel has requested Omar’s arrest and extradition 
<http://samidoun.net/2015/12/statement-on-the-freedom-fighter-and-liberated-prisoner-omar-nayef-zayed/> from 
the Bulgarian government under the European Convention on Extradition, 
to which both states are parties. However, the Convention explicitly 
excludes “political offenses” from such extradition proceedings – and 
Omar’s case, tried in Israeli military courts 
<http://972mag.com/conviction-rate-for-palestinians-in-israels-military-courts-99-74-percent/28579/>which 
convict 99.74% of Palestinians, is, like that of all other Palestinian 
prisoners, a political matter of the struggle for freedom of the 
Palestinian people, not a “criminal offense.” Indeed, Palestinian 
prisoners jailed at the same time as Omar have nearly all been freed – 
not due to their sentences ending, but due to a series of political 
agreements and exchanges between the leadership of the Palestine 
Liberation Organization and the Israeli state – further undermining the 
political nature of the imprisonment of Palestinians. Sinn Fein 
parliamentarians from Ireland 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/01/irish-mep-and-parliamentarian-urge-bulgaria-to-reject-extradition-of-omar-nayef-zayed-palestinian-ex-prisoner/> have 
urged Bulgaria to reject the extradition request on this basis.

Despite a raid on his home, Omar has taken refuge in the Palestinian 
embassy in Sofia. He is demanding to stay with his wife and family in 
Bulgaria, and calling on the Bulgarian government to reject the 
extradition request.* “I must carry on this struggle, on behalf of all 
Palestinian prisoners, not just myself. It is my responsibility,” Omar 
said.* Indeed, his case has significant repercussions for Palestinians 
in Europe generally, especially former prisoners and veterans of the 
struggle.

*Please take action to help demand justice for Omar Nayef Zayed! The 
Global Week of Action for Justice for Omar Nayef Zayed will kick off on 
Friday, 8 January with a protest in London at the Bulgarian Embassy 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/01/8-january-london-protest-for-justice-for-omar-nayef-zayed-demand-bulgaria-reject-israeli-extradition-pressure/>, 
calling on Bulgaria to reject the extradition request and protect the 
rights of Omar Nayef Zayed and his family.*

*Join in the Week of Action! What You and Your Group Can Do:*

*1. CALL IN TO THE BULGARIAN EMBASSY IN YOUR COUNTRY.*

Key Phone Numbers:
*Washington, DC:  +1 (202)387-0174;*
*London: +44 20 7581 3144*
*Ottawa: +1 613 789 3215*
*EU Mission in Brussels: +32 2 2358300*

*Other Bulgarian embassy numbers available here: 
http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/bulgaria*

Make the following points:

  * You are calling about the case of Omar Nayef Zayed, a Palestinian in
    Bulgaria facing extradition to Israel.
  * Bulgaria should not extradite Omar Nayef Zayed to Israel and should
    stop all efforts and cancel all warrants for his arrest,
    imprisonment or extradition
  * Omar was a former Palestinian political prisoner. Omar’s case is a
    political matter that is excluded from the European Convention on
    Extradition.
  * Omar’s wife and children have the right to life with their husband
    and father. Bulgaria should not be ripping apart a family to send
    their father to be a political prisoner again.

*2. ORGANIZE A LETTER DELIVERY TO THE BULGARIAN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE IN 
YOUR COUNTRY OR CITY.*

Go with other members of your Palestine solidarity group, prisoner 
justice advocates, or concerned residents of your area to the Bulgarian 
embassy as a delegation to deliver a letter calling on Bulgaria not to 
extradite Omar Nayef Zayed.

  *   You can ask for a meeting, but you don’t have to: the important
    thing is to have a visible group to hand-deliver your letter.
  * A draft letter is provided here
    <http://samidoun.net/site/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Bulgaria_Letter.doc>.
    Please feel free to modify, or write your own letter. You can ask
    for signatures from other individuals or groups in your area who are
    concerned about Palestine, unjust imprisonment or social justice
    issues more broadly. You can also read the letter sent by the
    Palestine Subcommittee of the US National Lawyers Guild
    <http://nlg.org/> by clicking here
    <http://samidoun.net/site/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/PSC_Bulgaria_Letter_Zayed.pdf>.
  * Personal delivery of such a letter does make an impact! Please also
    take pictures of your letter delivery and send them to
    samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net>.
  * A list of Bulgarian embassies and consulates is available here:
    http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/bulgaria
  * Download the draft letter:
    http://samidoun.net/site/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Bulgaria_Letter.doc

*3. PROTEST OUTSIDE THE BULGARIAN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE IN YOUR COUNTRY 
OR CITY*
Inminds <http://inminds.com/> in London is organizing a protest outside 
the Bulgarian embassy in the UK 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/01/8-january-london-protest-for-justice-for-omar-nayef-zayed-demand-bulgaria-reject-israeli-extradition-pressure/> on 
Friday, 8 January – kicking off the week of action. Events like these in 
cities with Bulgarian consulates are very important.

  * You can do this with a small group or a large group – even a small
    picket will be noticed. Please take pictures and send them to
    samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net>!
  * You can also combine this with a letter delivery – send in a
    delegation to deliver your official letter before or after your
    picket/protest.
  * The more events like this around the world at various embassies and
    consulates, the more the Bulgarian government will realize that
    Omar’s case has international significance and support and must be
    taken seriously.

*4. CONTINUE TO SEND EMAILS AND LETTERS AND SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA*
Hundreds of you have already emailed the Bulgarian government urging 
them to reject the extradition of Omar Nayef Zayed. Thank you, and 
please continue to do so here: 
http://samidoun.net/2015/12/urgent-action-stop-extradition-of-omar-nayef-zayed-former-palestinian-prisoner-from-bulgaria/

The events above are very important – visible contact, physical letters 
and audible phone calls make an even stronger impact. But all of your 
emails are also critically important to make it clear that Omar has 
support and friends around the world who want to see him free and safe 
with his family.

Share the Justice for Omar Nayef Zayed facebook pages (English 
<https://www.facebook.com/justice4omar/>) and (Arabic 
<https://www.facebook.com/%D9%84%D8%A7-%D9%84%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%B3%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%85-%D9%86%D8%AD%D9%88-%D8%A3%D9%83%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%84%D8%A9-%D8%AA%D8%B6%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%B9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B6%D9%84-%D8%B9%D9%85%D8%B1-%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%8A%D9%81-493426840829389/>) 
and this alert – spread the word to your colleagues and comrades. *The 
more voices that are heard, the louder Omar’s call for justice becomes.*

*Please email us at samidoun at samidoun.net 
<mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net> with information about your actions, 
events, protests and letter delivery delegations, or with any questions 
or requests for materials.*

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