[Pnews] On Palestinian Prisoner's Day the Boycott Remains Defiant

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  On Palestinian Prisoner's Day the Boycott Remains Defiant


Occupied Ramallah, 17 April 2018 – On the occasion of Palestinian 
Prisoners Day, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association 
salutes the continued struggle of the over 6,000 Palestinian political 
prisoners currently being held in Israeli prisons. Every year Israel 
arrests thousands of Palestinians in an attempt to suppress the will to 
self-determination and continue its colonization. The result: 
approximately 800,000 Palestinians arrested since 1967.

As of 1 March 2018 there were 6050 Palestinian political prisoners being 
held in Israeli prisons. This includes 427 administrative detainees; 356 
children; 62 female prisoners; and 7 members of the Palestinian 
Legislative Council. The situation of the prisoners continues to 
deteriorate as they face a continued campaign of violations and 
suppression. Detainees and prisoners, including children and women, 
continue to suffer from ill-treatment and torture on a systematic basis. 
These policies have resulted in the death of 72 prisoners from torture 
since 1967.

On this occasion, we at Addameer reiterate our total support for the 
ongoing boycott of all court proceedings regarding administrative 
detention. The commitment of the prisoners and their lawyers has been 
unwavering since the action began on 15 February 2018.

Their statement asserted that “the core of resisting the policy of 
administrative detention comes from boycotting the Israeli legal 
system.” Administrative detainees also stated that “[W]e put our faith 
and trust in our people, their power and institutions, and in the civil 
society which will not leave us alone in this fight. This is a national 
patriotic act that should not be violated by any individual or 
institution. As such, we call on the Palestinian Authority to make a 
submission to international criminal court on the issue of 
administrative detention as soon as possible.”

The Israeli occupation forces have been attempting to crush the boycott. 
Detainees have been threatened, beaten, and forcibly made to attend 
military court hearings. In regards to the lawyers, some have been 
threatened with a financial penalty, or even receive complaints if they 
continued with the boycott. In the face of such measures, the 
administrative detainees decided to escalate their boycott.

On 12 April 2018, an individual from the representative committee of 
administrative detainees informed the lawyers from Addameer that a 
decision had been made to suspend their escalatory steps. These steps 
had currently included rejecting medicine and refusing to visit the 
medical clinics, which began 12 April 2018. Additionally, a planned 
hunger strike, which was supposed to start on 14 April 2018.

The decision was made after the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) informed 
the detainees that a meeting will soon be held between the 
representative committee, representatives of the intelligence services, 
the army, and the IPS to discuss the policy of administrative detention.

The Representative Committee stressed that, despite the de-escalation, 
the boycott of court proceedings concerning administrative detention 
will continue and the planned steps will be undertaken if the meeting 
fails to materialize.

Addameer reasserts its unwavering support for administrative detainees 
and their legitimate demands. We believe that Israeli’s systematic and 
wide-scale implementation of the policy of administrative detention 
represents a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. In addition to 
being in contravention of article 78, administrative detention is also 
in violation of article 147 of the same convention, which means that the 
policy constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity according to 
articles 8 and 9 of the Rome Statues.

Addameer calls on all Palestinian human rights organizations to adopt 
one clear plan with the aim of supporting administrative detainees in 
their coming steps as to ensure their success. Such support requires 
national and international solidarity campaigns in order to amplify the 
voice of the prisoners.  While they may be trapped in cells, we are able 
to ensure their message is spread far and wide. Additionally, we urge 
the activation of international accountability measures against the 
Israeli occupation’s violations of international humanitarian law.

Finally, Addameer calls for release of all administrative detainees and 
for the occupation to recognize their rights, as specified in the 
relevant international legal instruments. We also ask all human rights 
organizations around the world to support and show solidarity with our 
administrative detainees. Currently, there are over 427 administrative 
detainees in Israeli jails including 7 PLC members.

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