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        <h1 id="reader-title">Palestinian Prisoners Day Statement: In
          Struggle, Towards Liberation</h1>
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              <p><span>On 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Samidoun
                  Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes the
                  struggle of <a
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/report-647-palestinians-arrested-in-march-750-now-held-in-administrative-detention/">7,000
                    Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails</a>:
                  struggling for not only their own freedom, but for the
                  freedom of the land and people of Palestine.
                  Palestinian prisoners struggle through torture,
                  solitary confinement, abuse, repression, denial of
                  family visits, arbitrary imprisonment and brutal
                  racism on a daily basis. Yet they not only persist and
                  exemplify “samidoun” – those who are steadfast – the
                  Palestinian prisoners are leaders of the Palestinian
                  liberation movement, and of the global struggle for
                  justice and liberation.</span></p>
              <p><span>Each year, on 17 April, in Palestine and around
                  the world, Palestinians and supporters of justice in
                  Palestine come together to review the situation of
                  Palestinian prisoners and demand their freedom. It is
                  an opportunity to renew our work and our activity to
                  free Palestinian prisoners, and to examine the last
                  year of struggle, inside and outside the prison walls.</span></p>
              <p><span>Imprisonment has always been a weapon of
                  colonialism in Palestine. From the British colonizers
                  who suppressed Palestinian revolts through mass
                  imprisonment, home demolitions, and execution – and
                  who first imposed the <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/briefing_note/join/2012/491444/EXPO-AFET_SP%282012%29491444_EN.pdf">“emergency
                    law” of administrative detention </a>used against
                  Palestinians today – to the Zionist colonizers who for
                  68 years have imposed a system of occupation,
                  apartheid, criminalization, racism and dispossession
                  upon the Palestinian people, the colonizers of
                  Palestine have imprisoned strugglers, leaders,
                  fighters, and visionaries. Imprisonment targets all
                  sectors of the Palestinian people: workers,
                  strugglers, teachers, journalists, doctors and health
                  workers, farmers, fishers; from Jerusalem, the West
                  Bank, the Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestine ’48; refugees
                  in the camps inside Palestine and around the world –
                  millions denied their right to return and yet pursued
                  and imprisoned in international jails.</span></p>
              <p><span>In the past year, as throughout this history of
                  struggle, we have witnessed time and again the
                  resilience, resistance and struggle of Palestinian
                  prisoners. It is not only the case that <a
                    target="_blank"
                    href="http://english.palinfo.com/site/pages/details.aspx?itemid=78016">thousands
                    of Palestinians</a> have been jailed since October
                  2015 in an attempt to stop the rising intifada in the
                  streets and villages of Palestine; it is also the case
                  that Palestinian prisoners are engaged in daily
                  intifada, daily resistance, behind the prison walls.
                  They are part of the struggle – indeed, leaders in the
                  struggle – confronting occupation, colonialism,
                  settlements, home demolition, land confiscation and
                  extrajudicial executions.</span></p>
              <p><span>From Palestinian lawyer <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/09/reports-muhammad-allan-suspends-hunger-strike/">Muhammad
                    Allan</a>, to Palestinian journalist <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/02/members-of-european-parliament-demand-freedom-for-mohammed-al-qeeq/">Mohammed
                    al-Qeeq</a>, to baker and resistor <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/07/khader-adnan-qa-it-is-possible-to-break-the-israeli-occupation/">Khader
                    Adnan</a>, to the strugglers of the <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/09/the-battle-of-breaking-the-chains-posters-postcards-toolkit-for-action/">“Battle
                    of Breaking the Chains”</a> – Nidal Abu Aker,
                  Ghassan Zawahreh, Shadi Ma’ali, Munir Abu Sharar and
                  Badr al-Ruzza – Palestinian prisoners have put their
                  bodies on the line in hunger strikes, demanding not
                  only their own freedom but an end to the system of
                  administrative detention without charge or trial that
                  currently holds approximately 700 Palestinians in
                  Israeli prisons. Today, <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/hunger-strikes-continue-against-isolation-and-administrative-detention-55-prisoners-strike-for-khawaja/">Sami
                    Janazrah, Fouad Assi, and Adib Mafarjah</a> are on
                  hunger strike against administrative detention. <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/palestinian-prisoner-eyad-fawaghra-on-hunger-strike-for-30-days-demanding-family-visits/">Eyad
                    Fawaghra</a> is refusing food, demanding an end to
                  the denial of family visits. <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/isolated-palestinian-prisoner-shukri-khawaja-launches-hunger-strike/">Shukri
                    Khawaja</a> is demanding an end to solitary
                  confinement, joined by up to 88 other Palestinian
                  prisoners expressing their solidarity in daily hunger
                  strikes.</span></p>
              <p><span>Today, 17 April, <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/one-day-hunger-strike-planned-on-17-april-to-demand-end-of-sanctions-attacks-on-nafha-prisoners/">thousands
                    of Palestinian prisoners</a> are refusing food in a
                  one-day hunger strike in support of prisoners in Nafha
                  subject to violent attacks by Israeli occupation
                  prison guards and special forces on 14 April.
                  Throughout the prisons of the south, prisoners have
                  joined across political lines in rejection of the
                  violent raids that are a constant of Palestinian
                  prisoner life in Israeli jails.</span></p>
              <p><b>Statistics:</b><span> Israeli jails hold
                  approximately<a target="_blank"
                    href="http://english.palinfo.com/site/pages/details.aspx?itemid=78016">
                    7,000 Palestinian prisoners</a>. These include <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://www.addameer.org/news/palestinian-prisoner%E2%80%99s-day-phroc-calls-end-collective-punishment-israeli-occupation-and">over
                    400 children</a> and 70 women prisoners, held in 22
                  prisons and interrogation centers. There have been
                  4,800 arrests since October 2015, including 1,400
                  children and minor teens. Approximately 700
                  Palestinians are held in administrative detention
                  without charge or trial.</span></p>
              <p><b>Women Prisoners</b><span>: The number of women
                  prisoners is now 68, including 17 girls under 18.
                  Imprisoned in Hasharon and Damon prisons, injured
                  women prisoners are being denied access to needed
                  medical services and are instead supported by their
                  fellow prisoners. The longest-serving woman prisoner,
                  <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/03/international-womens-day-imprisoned-palestinian-women-and-girls-struggle-for-freedom/">Lena
                    Jarbouni</a>, has been imprisoned since 2001. The
                  youngest girl prisoner, <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.btselem.org/detainees_and_prisoners/prison_sentence_for_12_year_old_girl">Dima
                    al-Wawi</a>, is 12 years old. <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/european-parliamentarians-urge-release-eu-action-on-case-of-khalida-jarrar/">Khalida
                    Jarrar</a>. Palestinian parliamentarian, leftist and
                  prisoner advocate, serving a 15-month sentence, is
                  also among the women prisoners at Hasharon.</span></p>
              <p><b>Administrative Detainees: </b><span>Approximately <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://www.addameer.org/news/palestinian-prisoner%E2%80%99s-day-phroc-calls-end-collective-punishment-israeli-occupation-and">700
                    Palestinians are imprisone</a>d without charge or
                  trial under administrative detention by Israeli
                  military order. Administrative detention orders are
                  issued on the basis of secret evidence hidden from
                  both the detainee and their lawyer. These orders are
                  indefinitely renewable and are often renewed
                  repeatedly over years.</span></p>
              <p><b>Sick and ill prisoners: </b><span><a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://presstv.ir/Detail/2016/04/15/460942/Palestinian-prisoners-ill-Israel-jails-detention-Administrative-detention/">Over
                    1,700 sick prisoners</a> inside Israeli jails suffer
                  from various diseases, worsened by ill treatment,
                  delay and denial of medical care, and dismissal of
                  medical issues. Dozens of Palestinian prisoners suffer
                  from serious diseases, including cancer, heart
                  disease, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, stomach
                  ulcers and high blood pressure. There are 24 prisoners
                  with cancer in Israeli prisons, and 23 Palestinians
                  permanently confined in the Ramle Prison Clinic,
                  infamous among Palestinian prisoners for its poor
                  treatment. Some of them are unable to move from their
                  hospital beds. Despite severe illness, they are
                  consistently denied medical release or access to
                  private physicians.</span></p>
              <p><b>Child Prisoners: </b><span>Over 400 Palestinians
                  under 18 are imprisoned. Many are arrested in
                  traumatic and violent night-time military raids on
                  their homes, and Palestinian child detainees report
                  very high levels of physical and psychological abuse
                  and torture. Six children are held in administrative
                  detention. Several Palestinian children between the
                  ages of 12 and 14 are imprisoned in Israeli jails.
                  Recent reports from <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.dci-palestine.org/palestinian_children_in_the_israeli_military_detention_system">Defence
                    for Children International Palestine</a> and <a
                    target="_blank"
href="https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/04/11/palestine-israeli-police-abusing-detained-children">Human
                    Rights Watch</a> highlight the abuse of Palestinian
                  children in Israeli detention, interrogation and
                  imprisonment.</span></p>
              <p><b>Former Prisoners, Re-Arrests and Pursuit: </b><span>Former

                  prisoners, including over 70 released in the 2011 Wafa
                  al-Ahrar prisoner exchange for captured Israeli
                  soldier Gilad Shalit, are pursued for renewed arrest
                  and imprisonment. Under Israeli <a target="_blank"
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/israel-reimposes-decades-long-sentence-hunger-striker-released-exchange">Military
                    Order 1651</a>, released prisoners in an exchange
                  face the reimposition of their original sentence at
                  any time on the basis of “secret evidence.” As in
                  administrative detention cases, Palestinian prisoners
                  and their lawyers are denied access to this evidence,
                  which can include allegations such as “association” or
                  “support” for a “prohibited organization,” a category
                  which includes all major Palestinian political
                  parties. 47 former prisoners have seen their sentences
                  reimposed under this order. The targeting of former
                  prisoners does not only happen inside Palestine. The
                  pursuit, attempt to extradite, and killing of <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/days-of-action-for-omar-nayef-zayed-report-on-international-events-and-actions/">Omar
                    Nayef Zayed</a> in the Palestinian Embassy in Sofia,
                  Bulgaria emphasizes the global nature of this
                  targeting. <a target="_blank"
                    href="http://justice4rasmea.org">Rasmea Odeh</a>,
                  Palestinian community leader in the United States, is
                  threatened with imprisonment and deportation on the
                  basis of her imprisonment – and torture – by Israeli
                  forces in the 1960s and 1970s.</span></p>
              <p><span>Torture is a constant reality of Israeli
                  occupation arrest, detention and interrogation of
                  Palestinians, including beatings, psychological
                  torture, threats and insults, including threats of
                  sexual abuse and violence and threats to family
                  members; forced stress positions and shackling; sleep
                  deprivation; long-term solitary confinement and
                  isolation.</span></p>
              <p><span>Palestinians are facing ongoing and increasing
                  attacks. The extrajudicial execution of Palestinians
                  under the control of Israeli occupation soldiers –
                  including but not limited to the filmed and
                  photographed executions of <a target="_blank"
href="https://theintercept.com/2016/03/24/israeli-rights-group-releases-video-soldier-executing-wounded-palestinian-suspect/">Abdelfattah
                    Al Sharif</a> and <a target="_blank"
                    href="http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/hashlamoun-extrajudicial-execution/">Hadeel
                    al Hashlamoun</a> – are a new attack on Palestinians
                  that is part and parcel of the same system of terror
                  and repression that carries out mass arrests and
                  violent dawn raids on Palestinian homes. This comes
                  alongside the ongoing imprisonment of the bodies of
                  Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation soldiers.
                  Some Palestinian corpses have been held for over 30
                  years. Today, the Israeli occupation forces continue
                  to <a target="_blank"
href="http://www.addameer.org/news/palestinian-prisoner%E2%80%99s-day-phroc-calls-end-collective-punishment-israeli-occupation-and">withhold
                    15 bodies of Palestinians</a>. Nearly every week
                  brings news of a new racist and repressive law being
                  considered or enacted by the Israeli occupation: the “<a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2016/1/israel-must-end-force-feeding-of-hunger-striking-palestinian-prisoners.html">Law
                    to Prevent Harm Caused by Hunger Strikers</a>”
                  permitting forced feeding; lengthy sentences for <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/israel-toughen-penalties-stone-throwers-150916054234945.html">stone
                    throwing</a>; the imprisonment of <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/israel-bill-jailing-palestinian-children-151123144403786.html">12-year-old
                    Palestinians</a>; threats to <a target="_blank"
href="http://english.pnn.ps/2015/07/12/knesset-to-vote-on-executing-palestinian-prisoners/">execute
                    Palestinian prisoners</a>.</span></p>
              <p><span>The imprisonment of Palestinians is a collective
                  attack on the Palestinian people and their struggle
                  for liberation. These are not individual cases, but
                  part of the comprehensive attempt of a colonial power
                  to erase and suppress the indigenous Palestinian
                  people and their collective struggle. We see this in
                  the criminalization of Palestinian political parties,
                  all declared “prohibited” by military order, and the
                  military courts and trials that <a target="_blank"
href="http://972mag.com/conviction-rate-for-palestinians-in-israels-military-courts-99-74-percent/28579/">convict
                    Palestinians at a rate of over 99%</a> on the basis
                  of these military orders that govern occupied
                  Palestine. We see this in the targeting of Palestinian
                  student organizers and leaders like <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/student-leader-abdullah-ramadan-seized-by-undercover-occupation-forces-in-dheisheh-refugee-camp/">Abdullah
                    Ramadan</a>, <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/03/international-womens-day-imprisoned-palestinian-women-and-girls-struggle-for-freedom/">Asmaa
                    Qadah</a> and <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/11/mohammed-abu-aker-among-27-palestinians-arrested-by-israeli-occupation-forces/">Donya
                    Musleh</a>, the ransacking of student blocs’ offices
                  and the attempt to disrupt the vibrant political life
                  of Palestinian students on campuses. We see this in
                  the increased threats of arrests or denial of
                  residence made against <a target="_blank"
href="http://mondoweiss.net/2016/04/as-threats-against-bds-grow-it-is-time-for-sumoud-in-activist-communities/">Palestinian
                    BDS organizers</a> and activists building the
                  international movement for boycott, divestment and
                  sanctions against Israel. And we see this, of course,
                  in the imprisonment of Palestinian political leaders
                  like <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/03/tenth-anniversary-of-the-attack-on-jericho-prison-and-the-kidnapping-of-ahmad-saadat-by-israeli-occupation/">Ahmad
                    Sa’adat</a>, General Secretary of the Popular Front
                  for the Liberation of Palestine; <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/british-members-of-parliament-call-for-freedom-for-marwan-barghouthi/">Marwan
                    Barghouthi</a>, Fateh leader; <a target="_blank"
                    href="http://samidoun.net/khalidajarrar">Khalida
                    Jarrar</a>, Palestinian parliamentarian and
                  prisoners’ advocate; <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/palestinian-parliamentarian-hassan-yousef-ordered-to-six-more-months-administrative-detention/">Hassan
                    Yousef</a>, Hamas leader and Palestinian Legislative
                  Council member; and the countless local leaders
                  targeted for administrative detention and military
                  trials. </span></p>
              <p><span>We see this in the imprisonment of over <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://en.abna24.com/service/middle-east-west-asia/archive/2016/04/17/747947/story.html">18
                    Palestinian journalists</a> – <a target="_blank"
href="http://imemc.org/article/report-israeli-army-kidnapped-and-imprisoned-1-000-000-palestinians-since-1967/">43
                    in the past six months</a> – and the forced closure
                  of <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/03/palestinian-freedom-of-expression-under-attack-150-arrested-for-facebook-posts-journalists-imprisoned-tv-stations-closed/">Palestinian
                    TV </a>and radio stations, and in the targeting of
                  Palestinian researchers and human rights defenders
                  like <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/02/palestinian-civil-society-leader-eteraf-rimawis-administrative-detention-extended-for-fifth-time/">Eteraf
                    Rimawi </a>of Bisan Center, and also in the
                  administrative detention of teachers like circus
                  trainer <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/brussels-event-highlights-circus-of-solidarity-for-imprisoned-performer-mohammed-abu-sakha/">Mohammed
                    Abu Sakha</a>, 24, who combined Palestinian identity
                  with circus performance as he taught numerous
                  Palestinian children.</span></p>
              <p><span>We also see the targeting and imprisonment of
                  Palestinians and strugglers for Palestine in
                  international courts and prisons. <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/03/message-of-georges-ibrahim-abdallah-to-unified-solidarity-meeting-on-19-march/">Georges
                    Ibrahim Abdallah</a>, Lebanese Arab communist
                  struggler for Palestine, has been imprisoned in French
                  jails for 32 years, despite being eligible for release
                  for 16 years. <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/01/hillary-clinton-intervenes-with-french-foreign-minister-to-block-release-of-georges-ibrahim-abdallah/">Hillary
                    Clinton</a> – today a US presidential candidate –
                  personally intervened to pressure the French state to
                  overturn its own judiciary to keep him imprisoned. The
                  interior minister who agreed to do so, Manuel Valls,
                  today threatens and supports the <a target="_blank"
href="https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/woman-arrested-france-t-shirt-critical-israel">prosecution
                    of dozens of Palestine solidarity activists across
                    France</a> for calling for boycott, divestment and
                  sanctions against the Israeli state for its ongoing
                  crimes against Palestinians. In the United States, the
                  <a target="_blank" href="http://freedomtogive.com">Holy
                    Land Five</a> are serving lengthy sentences for
                  fundraising for charity for Palestinians among the
                  Palestinian community. <a target="_blank"
                    href="http://justice4rasmea.org">Rasmea Odeh</a>,
                  torture survivor and community leader, is facing
                  imprisonment and deportation because of her time in
                  Israeli prisons. <a target="_blank"
                    href="http://samidoun.net/justice4omar">Omar Nayef
                    Zayed</a> was pursued in Bulgaria for extradition
                  and renewed imprisonment over 25 years after he
                  escaped Israeli prisons, only to be found dead inside
                  the Palestinian Embassy in Sofia, where he had taken
                  refuge, on 26 February.</span></p>
              <p><strong>Towards Liberation</strong></p>
              <p><span>Just as imprisonment is a collective experience,
                  the resistance struggle for the liberation of the
                  prisoners is also collective. As the Palestinian Human
                  Rights Organizations Council noted in <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://www.addameer.org/news/palestinian-prisoner%E2%80%99s-day-phroc-calls-end-collective-punishment-israeli-occupation-and">their
                    statement for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day,</a> “The
                  issues of prisoners 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.”</span></p>
              <p><span>And so the struggle to liberate Palestinian
                  prisoners – and all political prisoners – is not
                  simply a struggle for an individual human right, but
                  for collective liberation from occupation, apartheid
                  and settler colonialism. This is one reason why this
                  struggle finds such resonance with other struggles for
                  justice and liberation, linked in collective
                  confrontation of oppression, imperialism, settler
                  colonialism, Zionism and racism.</span></p>
              <p><span>The movement to <a target="_blank"
                    href="http://g4sfacts.org">boycott G4S</a>, the
                  British-Danish security conglomerate that provides
                  security systems, equipment and control rooms for
                  Israeli prisons, checkpoints and police training
                  centers – and youth imprisonment, migrant detention
                  and deportation contracts in the US, UK and Australia
                  – has grown even more in the past year. <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/08/stop-g4s-a-call-to-the-global-boycott-movement-from-palestinian-political-prisoners/">Palestinian
                    prisoners</a> and Palestinian civil society
                  organizations joined with hundreds of <a
                    target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/09/over-220-palestinian-and-international-organizations-demand-united-nations-cancel-g4s-contracts/">international
                    organizations</a> to demand the UN stop doing
                  business with G4S, a demand that has achieved clear
                  victories in <a target="_blank"
                    href="https://bdsmovement.net/2015/unhcr-ends-g4s-contracts-13593">Jordan</a>
                  and elsewhere. In the United States, prison divestment
                  movements challenging the mass incarceration of Black
                  youth and other oppressed communities in the US have
                  won divestment from G4S and the cancellation of its
                  contracts at <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/cornell-universitys-johnson-museum-of-art-to-terminate-g4s-contract-in-victory-for-student-organizing/">multiple
                    universities</a>. Indeed, the collective movements
                  against G4S have garnered so much strength that the
                  corporation<a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/03/g4s-pledges-to-pull-out-of-israeli-market-entirely-following-sustained-bds-campaign/">
                    announced that it would be selling off its Israeli
                    subsidiary</a> and exiting other “reputationally
                  damaging” industries like youth incarceration in the
                  US and UK within the next one to two years. At the
                  same time, on a daily basis, G4S and its “security”
                  technology continue to contribute to the insecurity
                  and oppression of Palestinians and other oppressed
                  people. The struggle to boycott G4S <a
                    target="_blank"
href="https://bdsmovement.net/2016/g4s-announces-plans-to-exit-israel-13794">must
                    continue</a> until it is out of occupied Palestine
                  and the prison business.</span></p>
              <p><span><a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/08/stop-g4s-a-call-to-the-global-boycott-movement-from-palestinian-political-prisoners/">Palestinian
                    prisoners called for</a> “the inclusion of our
                  cause, as prisoners of freedom and fighters for the
                  freedom of our people, human dignity, and the right to
                  a dignified life, within the program of the boycott
                  movement as a major issue of paramount importance.”
                  The struggle of Palestinian prisoners is an essential
                  and powerful part of BDS and boycott struggles, and
                  builds our solidarity and our responsibility to act in
                  support of other oppressed peoples and communities. </span></p>
              <p><span>As the <a target="_blank"
                    href="http://black4palestine.com/">Black4Palestine</a>
                  statement highlighted, “</span><span>Israel’s
                  widespread use of detention and </span><a
                  href="http://www.btselem.org/statistics/detainees_and_prisoners"><span>imprisonment
                    against Palestinians</span></a><span> evokes the</span><a
href="http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet"><span>
                    mass incarceration of Black people </span></a><span>in
                  the US, including the </span><a
href="http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32043-beyond-innocence-america-s-political-prisoners-and-the-fight-against-mass-incarceration"><span>political
                    imprisonment </span></a><span>of our own
                  revolutionaries. Soldiers, police, and courts justify
                  lethal force against us and our children who pose no
                  imminent threat. And while the US and Israel would
                  continue to oppress us without collaborating with each
                  other, we have witnessed police and soldiers from the
                  two countries </span><a
href="http://www.ebony.com/news-views/the-fergusonpalestine-connection-403#axzz3hxNNSlLi"><span>train
                    side-by-side</span></a><span>.” </span></p>
              <p><span>The United States, European Union and Canada are
                  complicit in the imprisonment of Palestinians, funding
                  Israel and its military, supporting its military
                  research and development and defending it in
                  international bodies from prosecution or condemnation
                  for its oppression of Palestinians. At the same time,
                  these states are responsible for the detention and
                  incarceration of migrants, the mass targeting,
                  criminalization and oppression of Black communities,
                  police repression, racist incarceration in countries
                  throughout Europe, and the colonial repression of
                  Indigenous people and communities. These policies
                  represent one logic, that of imperialism.</span></p>
              <p><span>At the same time, these forces are confronted by
                  a <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/on-palestinian-prisoners-day-anti-prison-labor-academic-delegation-takes-stand-against-israeli-state-violence-affirms-solidarity-with-palestinian-people/">growing
                    movement of joint struggle</a> against racist
                  imprisonment and mass incarceration, in North America
                  and around the world. Black communities, migrant
                  justice movements, Indigenous movements and others
                  have been leading powerful upsurges against the state
                  repression, violence and incarceration targeting
                  entire communities and oppressed peoples. Palestinian
                  and pro-Palestinian activists and organizations are
                  involved – and must be more deeply so – in all of
                  these critical struggles. </span></p>
              <p><span>These powerful grassroots movements – including
                  the movement for justice in Palestine – are witnessing
                  breakthroughs on a popular level, witnessing real,
                  mass public demand for an end to the policies of mass
                  incarceration and the state violence of imprisonment
                  and police repression. Prison divestment and abolition
                  movements and demands are growing, gathering allies
                  and support. </span></p>
              <p><span>The movement to free Palestinian political
                  prisoners – and to free Palestine – is a movement to
                  confront settler colonialism, Zionism and imperialism.
                  It is connected deeply to movements to free
                  international political prisoners imprisoned by the
                  same forces: <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/04/take-action-defend-the-life-of-mumia-abu-jamal-us-political-prisoner/">Mumia
                    Abu-Jamal</a>, <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/02/new-york-city-students-and-supporters-protest-to-free-leonard-peltier/">Leonard
                    Peltier</a>, <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/12/8-january-nyc-73rd-birthday-celebration-of-puerto-rican-political-prisoner-oscar-lopez-rivera/">Oscar
                    Lopez Rivera</a>, <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2015/09/20-21-september-colorado-free-simon-trinidad/">Ricardo
                    Palmera</a>, the political <a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/01/samidoun-salutes-philippines-peasant-leader-martyred-political-prisoner-eduardo-serrano/">prisoners
                    of the Philippines</a>, of the <a target="_blank"
                    href="http://www.thejerichomovement.com/prisoners">Black
                    Liberation Movement</a>, and all prisoners jailed
                  for their struggle for justice. </span></p>
              <p><strong>On 17 April 2016, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day,
                  it is critical to escalate the struggle; to
                  consolidate and build on the victories achieved in the
                  G4S campaign; to deepen our collective movements
                  against mass incarceration, racism, police repression
                  and state violence; to raise high the voices, ideas
                  and visions of imprisoned Palestinians, leaders in the
                  struggle for a free and liberated Palestine; and to do
                  everything we can, at grassroots, popular and official
                  levels, to support the demands of the Palestinian
                  prisoners, to seek the freedom of the Palestinian
                  people, and to hold accountable and prosecute the
                  Israeli officials responsible for their oppression and
                  torture in all international arenas, from prosecutions
                  in the International Criminal Court to the
                  international grassroots isolation of settler-colonial
                  Israel through BDS campaigns.</strong></p>
              <p><strong><em>We invite activists and organizations to
                    build on and intensify their work on Palestinian
                    prisoners in the coming year, as we seek to do this
                    in our own organizing. We invite organizers to form
                    Samidoun chapters in your own cities and areas, or
                    to form Samidoun committees and subcommittees to
                    work on Palestinian prisoners in your existing
                    organizations. To join us, please email us at <a
                      href="mailto:samidoun@samidoun.net"><a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="mailto:samidoun@samidoun.net">samidoun@samidoun.net</a></a>.
                  </em></strong></p>
              <p>See also:</p>
              <ul>
                <li><a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/call-to-action-palestinian-prisoners-day-2016/">Palestinian
                    Prisoners Day 2016: Call to Action</a></li>
                <li><a target="_blank"
href="http://samidoun.net/2016/04/palestinian-prisoners-day-resources-factsheets-posters-and-more/">Factsheets
                    and Resources for Palestinian Prisoners Day</a></li>
              </ul>
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