[Pnews] Dozens of Palestinian prisoners launch solidarity strike as protests support hunger strikers

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Fri Aug 23 10:27:55 EDT 2019


  Dozens of Palestinian prisoners launch solidarity strike as protests
  support hunger strikers

August 22, 2019
/Protest in Gaza for the prisoners, 22 August/

On Wednesday evening, 21 August, the Prison Branch of the Popular Front 
for the Liberation of Palestine announced that a number of Palestinian 
prisoners were launching a solidarity strike 
<http://hadfnews.ps/post/58591/> with Huzaifa Halabiya and his fellow 
hunger strikers 
on Thursday, 22 August. Halabiya, from Abu Dis in Jerusalem, has been on 
hunger strike for 53 days against his imprisonment without charge or 
trial under Israeli administrative detention. There are eight prisoners 
currently on hunger strike and almost 50 more have already joined 
solidarity strikes inside Israeli prisons.

/Protest in Gaza for the prisoners, 22 August/

Dozens of prisoners announced that they would join a three-day 
solidarity strike beginning on Thursday, including the following:

*From Ramon prison:* Ahmad Karajeh, Ahmad Abu Hassaniya, Ahmad Abu 
Sheikha, Mahmoud Abu Asba, Ahmad al-Masri, Majdi Qawariq, Siraj 
al-Khatib, Ashraf al-Sajdi, Khaled Yousef

*From Ofer prison:* Khaled Taha, Mohammed Safi, Tarek Karajah, Ahmed 
Kittani, Mohammed Farahin, Bahaa al-Khawaja, Maher al-Amarin, Hafez 
Omar, Bassem Mizher, Ramez Rayan, Mohammed Khamour, Mohammed Fares, 
Mohammed Ghatrashi, Yousef al-Zaghari

*From Nafha prison:* Mohammed Khalaf, Mohammed Saleh, Uday al-Titi, 
Ahmad al-Khatib, Mohammed Hawarin, Hussein Atta

*From the Negev desert prison:* Fadi Abu al-Huda, Yousef Yousef, Tariq 
Mahran, Taleb Abu Khait, Hamdi al-Balawi, Mahmoud al-Haj Mohammed, 
Ibrahim Salem, Khader Madi, Mohammed Laddawa, Ali Darwish, Haytham 
Siyaj, Majed Alama, Munther Hajajreh, Mohammed Khatatbeh, Hamza Zawil

/Protest in Gaza for the prisoners, 22 August/

A number of the 48 prisoners launching solidarity strikes today have 
previously participated in solidarity actions during the strike of the 
administrative detainees. In their statement, they said that “the battle 
of freedom and will continues until the administrative detainees achieve 
their liberation and victory over the policy of administrative detention.”

/Protest in Gaza for the prisoners, 22 August/

As they launched their strike, protests were planned throughout occupied 
Palestine, including a protest in Gaza City at the office of the High 
Commissioner for Human Rights at 10 am and a protest outside Ofer 
prison. Participants in the Gaza protest carried signs and banners 
demanding freedom for all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, while 
children performed street theater in support of the prisoners.

/Protest in Gaza for the prisoners, 22 August/

In Eizariya and Abu Dis in Jerusalem, both towns observed a general 
commercial strike <http://hadfnews.ps/post/58609/> in support of 
Halabiya and Ismail Ali, both from Abu Dis. Ali has been on hunger 
strike for 30 days against administrative detention. National forces and 
political parties called for a day of anger and demonstrations to 
confront the occupation. The general strike followed an evening protest 
on Wednesday, which launched from the sit-in tent in support of the 
prisoners in Abu Dis to the homes of the martyrs Nasim Abu Roumi and the 
wounded Mohammed al-Sheikh in Eizariya. Hundreds joined the march to 
support the prisoners and demand justice for the wounded and the 
martyrs, while occupation forces fired tear gas, sound grenades and 
rubber-coated metal bullets toward the youth in the demonstration.

/Protest in Gaza for the prisoners, 22 August/

Halabiya is facing a particularly precarious health condition. He is a 
leukemia survivor who also suffered burns over the majority of his body 
as a child. He has been jailed without charge or trial since June 2018. 
When he was seized from his home by Israeli occupation forces, his wife 
was pregnant; he is now the father of seven-month-old Majdal, who he has 
been denied the opportunity to even meet.

/Protest in Gaza for the prisoners, 22 August/

All eight of the long-term hunger strikers are held without charge or 
trial under administrative detention, a policy of arbitrary detention 
introduced to Palestine under the colonial British mandate and adopted 
by the Zionist regime. Palestinians can be jailed for up to six months 
at a time under administrative detention orders, which are indefinitely 
renewable. This means that Palestinians can spend years in 
administrative detention. The hunger strikers include:

  * Huzaifa Halabiya, 54 days
  * Ahmad Ghannam, 41 days
  * Sultan Khallouf, 37 days
  * Ismail Ali, 31 days
  * Wajdi al-Awawda, 26 days
  * Tareq Qa’adan, 22 days
  * Nasser al-Jada, 17 days
  * Thaer Hamdan, 12 days

*Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges all supporters 
and friends of Palestine everywhere around the world to stand with these 
courageous prisoners who have put their lives on the line to seek 
freedom and an end to the unjust system of administrative detention. 
International solidarity can play an important role in supporting their 
struggle, and Palestinian prisoners are calling for our actions. All of 
our participation, protests and petitions can play a role in helping 
them to seize victory for justice and freedom. *

*Take Action:*

*1) Organize or join an event or protest for the Palestinian prisoners. 
*You can organize an info table, rally, solidarity hunger strike, 
protest or action to support the prisoners. If you are already holding 
an event about Palestine or social justice, include solidarity with the 
prisoners as part of your action. Send your events and reports to 
samidoun at samidoun.net <mailto:samidoun at samidoun.net>.

*2) Write letters and make phone calls to protest the violation of 
Palestinian prisoners’ rights.* Demand your government take action to 
stop supporting Israeli occupation or to pressure the Israeli state to 
end the policies of repression of Palestinian political prisoners. In 
particular, demand that your political officials put pressure on Israel 
to end the policy of administrative detention, the imprisonment of 
Palestinians without charge or trial.

Call during your country’s regular office hours:

• Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne: + 61 2 6277 7500
• Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
• European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini: +32 (0) 2 29 53516
• New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters: +64 4 439 8000
• United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt: +44 20 7008 1500
• United States President Donald Trump: 1-202-456-1111

*3) Boycott, Divest and Sanction. *Join the BDS campaign to highlight 
the complicity of corporations like Hewlett-Packard 
<https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-hp> and the continuing involvement of 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/12/g4s-sells-off-bulk-of-its-israeli-business-including-prison-operations-in-major-achievement-for-global-boycott-struggle/> in 
Israeli policing and prisons. Build a campaign to boycott Israeli goods, 
impose a military embargo on Israel, or organize around the academic and 
cultural boycott of Israel. Learn more about the BDS campaign at 
bdsmovement.net <http://bdsmovement.net/>.

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