Witness Bahrain published an important letter from Palestinian prisoner Ameer Makhoul to Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja
Rough English translation below. The original Arabic is published here:http://www.almasryalyoum.com/node/777866
Your freedom is our freedom and our freedom is your freedom!
Greetings to you, my brother, Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja, struggling in the face of tyranny and for freedom, freedom of the individual, the people and the nation, whether in Bahrain or in any/every corner of the Arab world.
In past years I have stood in solidarity with you from Haifa, from the captive nation of Palestine, which surrounds the racist, colonial, Zionist project; and today I am in solidarity with you while in an Israeli jail, two years out of an unjust nine-year sentence — a high price imposed by the colonial system on Palestinian leaders of 48 to deter them from communication with the Arab people throughout the Arab world, and the price of our interaction with people’s movements and struggles for their freedom and the freedom of Palestine and its people.
I follow your case from an Israeli jail in the north of 1948 occupied Palestine. I feel strong, the greatness of your stance, your gloriousness, and your heroic struggle, echo to dock with the stands of the heroic Palestinian militants Hana Al-Shalabi and Khader Adnan, who led open ended hunger strikes that lasted two months, and will also meet with the stance of five thousand Palestinian and Arab prisoners still in Israeli prisons.
When the will is free and the cause is just, and you embody both, the human is capable of making miracles happen, and no oppressive, tyrannical, murderous regime can harm it, not the Bahraini regime, subject to U.S. colonial imperialism, or the Israeli colonialism system in Palestine. It is the system of colonialism and its puppet regimes that have lost all legitimacy; while the people are legitimacy and its source.
Said the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Abdul-Rahim:
I will carry my soul in my hand
And throw it in the valleys of death
It is either a life that makes a friend happy
Or a death that makes an enemy angry
As you «carry your soul» in your open hunger strike, behind this is the essence of your position — that you love life; only he who loves life has the courage and the will to sacrifice for freedom and human dignity and the dignity of his people and the country’s freedom.
Greetings to you and be confident that the prisoners of Palestine are with you and the people of Bahrain and its revolution.
Prisoners of freedom and supporters of freedom in the world are with you.
Ameer Makhoul / Haifa – Palestine
(From the fleeting Israeli prison of Gilboa prison no matter how long the captivity)