Monday, July 27, 2015
Prisoners Day

April 17, Toulouse: Rally – Free all Palestinian Prisoners
Friday, April 17
6:00 pm
Metro Jean Jaures
Toulouse, France
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1431108160518203/

As of February 1, 2015, 6000 Palestinians including 163 under 18 years old and 22 women, were detained within Israeli prisons.

Since 1967, over 750,000 Palestinians (20% of the total population and 40% of the male population) have been imprisoned by the occupation.

Of every 1000 Palestinians who face the Israeli military courts, 997 are convicted! The vast majority of these convictions come from “plea bargains,” in which the accused pleads to a charge in order to receive a reduced sentence.

A prisoner can be detained for 90 days without seeing a lawyer, a period that can be extended up to six months in total. Administrative detention permits the Israeli army to renew arbitrary imprisonment of a person repeatedly, for years at a time, without charge or trial.

Among the prisoners are 15 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, including Ahmad Sa’adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Marwan Barghouti, Fateh leader and many deputies of Hamas, including the speaker of the parliament, Aziz Dweik.

On April 2, 2015, Khalida Jarrar, another member of the PLC, was arrested. She has been ordered to 6 months administrative detention without charge or trial.

Isolation, torture, humiliation, attacks on family members, prohibition of family visits – all are methods used by the Israeli authorities in order to suppress the just struggle of the Palestinian people for their land and freedom.

On April 17, 2015, the international day of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, we stand in support of thousands of Palestinians imprisoned for their struggle against apartheid and the ethnic cleansing of their people. We also stand with George Abdallah, communist struggler for the Palestinian cause, imprisoned in France since 1984 for seeking ot resist the invasion of his country, Lebanon, by Israel.

For their liberation, to end the oldest military occupation in the world, we mobilize, and develop the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the criminal regime of Israel, and demonstrate and support the Palestinian people’s struggle, with these goals:

* Liberation of all Palestinian prisoners
* Immediate lifting of the siege on Gaza
* End the occupation, colonization and ethnic cleansing
* Right of return for all refugees
* Immediate freedom of Georges Abdallah

Palestine lives, Palestine will win!

Endorsers: BDS France Toulouse, Collectif Coup Pour Coup 31, Collectif Palestine Libre, NPA 31, OCML Voie Proletarienne

Palestinian Prisoners’ Day
Saturday, April 18
12:00 – 3:00 pm
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/367343493472271/

Join us on this international day of action to release Palestinian political prisoners. Build the boycott Israel movement on the streets in Manchester. All welcome!

Free Palestine!
Boycott Israel!
Free all Palestinian prisoners!

Manchester Boycott Israel Group – Victory to Palestine!
RCG Manchester – Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!

Join us to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians marking annual Prisoners’ Day.

Free Palestinian Political Prisoners!
Friday 17th April 4pm – 6pm
Clock Tower, central Brighton

hares boysThere are currently over 6000 Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli, including 454 in administrative detention (held indefinitely without trial), and 163 children. 73 Palestinian prisoners have died since 1967 as a result of torture in Israeli jails. In some cases children as young as 12 have also been subjected to ill-treatment and torture. Women prisoners are usually shackled to their bed before and after giving birth. Each year 500-700 Palestinian children from the West Bank are prosecuted in Israeli military courts. One such case is that of the Hares Boys.

Organized by Brighton Palestine Solidarity Campaign

April 17-18, Firenze: International Day to Free Palestinian Political Prisoners

Friday, April 17
5:00 pm
Rally at the Piazza de Ciompi, Firenze, Italy

Saturday, April 18
c/o Circolo Silvano Corti
Via Sant’Andrea a Rovezzano, 70 – Firenze, Italy

8:00 pm – Dinner and fundraiser for the prisoners (15 Euro, Children ages 6-12, 8 Euro)
9:30 pm – Discussion on daily life in Palestine and the question of the Palestinian political prisoners

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Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/884569028247955/

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April 17-18, Padova: Against Israel and the Expo, Support Palestinian Prisoners

These events are part of the national campaign of Fronte Palestina to support the struggle of Palestinian political prisoners. The freedom of the prisoners represents a major part of the struggle for liberation, it is one of the principles of unity that unites all Palestinian forces in popular resistance and struggle against the Zionist occupation.

This initiative is also part of the events being organized in Padova to counter Expo 2015, a show of hypocrisy and contradictions, that claims to focus on “feeding the planet” but showcases those who starve the planet and the people of the world. The prominent presence of Israel particularly highlights this contradiction.

Solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people!
Freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah and all political prisoners!
End Palestinian Authority security coordination with the Zionist occupation!
End the complicity and support between the Italian state and Israel!

Friday, April 17
Throughout the day: Murals in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners and information as part of the events countering Expo 2015

8:30 pm – Solidarity Dinner – in support of PDWSA (Palestinian Developmental Women’s Studies Association and Addameer, non governmental organization that works to defend Palestinian prisoners and provide legal support, headquartered in Ramallah
Marzolo Occupata
Via Marzolo 4 q.re Portello Padova

Saturday, April 18
7:00 pm – Popular Reception and Concert featuring:
KENTO (rap activist of Reggio Calabria)
FRATELLI KAMIKAZER (grebo music Padova)

Via Marzolo 4 q.re Portello Padova

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Milan Meets Fadwa Barghouti
Friday, April 17, 2015
9:00 pm
La Casa della Cultura, Via Borgogna, 3, 20122 Milano

Fadwa Barghouti, lawyer and Palestinian activist, will hold a meeting at the House of Culture, to discuss the struggle of Palestinian women, the fight for Palestinian prisoners’ freedom.

Fadwa Barghouti is a passionate advocate for human dignity and justice for all. This event is part of the international campaign to free Marwan Barghouti and Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Introduction and moderator:

Suhair El Qarra, a researcher specializing in International Relations

Speakers:

Fadwa Barghouti, lawyer, wife of Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, the first Palestinian parliamentarian to be arrested; he has served 11 years in Israeli jails with a sentence of five life sentences and 40 years in prison.

Janiki Cingoli, Director of CIPMO – Italian Center for Peace in the Middle East

Mohammad Hannoun, president of the Palestinian Association in Italy

Hon. Michele Piras, Member of Parliament (SEL)

Lia Quartapelle, Member of Parliament (PD)

Chantal Antonizzi, Middle East Coordinator of Amnesty International Italy

Dario Rossi, Lawyer, Association of Democratic Lawyers

Ihsan Adel, Legal Advisor, Euro-Mid Observer for Human rights

 

 

dkp-berlinEvent: Free all Palestinian Prisoners
Friday, April 17, 2015
7:00 pm
Franz Mehring Platz 1
10243 Berlin, Germany

On Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, the Committees for a Democratic Palestine in Berlin are organizing a forum and symposium on the struggle of Palestinian prisoners for freedom, focusing on the cases of Ahmad Sa’adat, Marwan Barghouti and Khalida Jarrar.

Speakers will include Khaled Barakat, Palestinian leftist writer and coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, to address the Palestinian struggle, the situation of Palestinian prisoners, and the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions.

Friday, April 17
3:45 PM
Meet outside Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street, London
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/817072435050943/
Organized by London Palestine Action

17th April is Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day, a global day of action for Palestinian prisoners.

There are 5,609 Palestinian political prisoners inside Israeli jails (B’Tselem, Feb 2015). Palestinians, living under occupation and oppression for nearly 67 years, have been targeted for mass imprisonment and detention by the Israeli occupation, and nearly every Palestinian household has been impacted by political imprisonment.

Prisoners are routinely ill-treated, tortured, and denied family visits. See for example this 2014 report from prisoner support organisation Addameer: http://www.addameer.org/files/Palestinian%20Political%20Prisoners%20in%20Israeli%20Prisons%20(General%20Briefing%20January%202014).pdf

Join London Palestine Action by taking creative action to stand in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons, by remembering these prisoners, and highlighting the complicity of private companies that profit from human rights abuses in detention.

Friday, April 17
6:00 pm
Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street W
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/966250920051880/

Free all Palestinian political prisoners
Free all Palestinian children
Stop administrative detention

As of February 2015, there were 6,200 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and detention centers, including 454 administrative detainees, 23 women and 163 children.

Join the rally this coming Friday in support of all the Palestinian Political Prisoners!

 

Protest in Solidarity with Khalida Jarrar and all Palestinian prisoners
Tuesday, April 14
12:00pm – 1:00pm in EDT
50 O’Connor street
Ottawa, Ontario
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1640344612854909/

Khalida-largesmFeminist, human rights leader and parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar was arrested from her home in the middle of the night on April 2nd in Ramallah, Palestine. Jarrar is the former Executive Director of Addameer and Vice President of its Board of Directors, as well as the chair of the Palestinian Legislative Council Prisoners’ Committee and a member of the Palestinian national follow-up committee for the International Criminal Court. She is currently in an Israeli prison and has been sentenced to 6 months of administrative detention.

Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts. The use of administrative detention dates from the “emergency laws” of the British colonial era in Palestine. Israel’s use of administrative detention violates international law; such detention is allowed only in individual circumstances that are exceptionally compelling for “imperative reasons of security.” In Palestine, however, Israel uses administrative detention routinely as a form of collective punishment and mass detention of Palestinians, and frequently uses administrative detention when it fails to obtain confessions in interrogations of Palestinian detainees.

Jarrar joins over 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently being held by Israel. Palestinian political prisoners are routinely subjected to torture.

Israel’s practice of imprisoning Palestinians from the Occupied Palestinian Territory in Israeli prisons is in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the occupying power from transferring individuals from the occupied population into a prison in the occupier’s territory.

For more information about Palestinian political prisoners and the system of injustice they’re subjected to, visit:

http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=359

For more information about Khalida Jarrar’s arrest visit:

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/04/palestinian-parliamentarian-arrested

Join us in protesting Israel’s brutal oppression of the Palestinian people, who face arbitrary arrest and imprisonment under a system of occupation and apartheid.

FREE KHALIDA JARRAR! FREE ALL PALESTINIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS!

WHERE: Israeli embassy, 50 O’Connor St., Ottawa

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14 at 12 PM

Placards will be made available.

Sponsored by: Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton, Independent Jewish Voices – Canada

stopadOn April 17 – International Palestinian Prisoners Day – we call on all activists around the world to contact their leaders and –

Demand justice for Arafat Jaradat and Maysara Abuhamdieh and
Demand freedom for Samer Issawi and all Palestinian political prisoners.

We call on activists in the U.S., to contact President Obama and the State Department, Wednesday, April 17, from 8 AM to 4 PM CST, to take action.

“My name is _____ from __________ and I demand that:

– the US administration sanction Israel for the deaths of Arafat Jaradat and Maysara Abuhamdieh and
– demand that the Israelis release hunger striker Samer Issawi and all the Palestinian administrative detainees and political prisoners held by Israel.”

1) Call President Obama at 1-202-456-1111

2) Call US Secretary of State John Kerry at 1-202-647-4000 (pick option 4 for the operator and ask to leave a message for Kerry) and the Office of Near East Affairs at 1-202-647-7209 (you will get transferred to Marguerite Pickett to leave a message)

Also be part of the ongoing worldwide campaign on Twitter at 2PM CST on Weds. to demand the release of Samer Issawi. Check @samerissawi1 for the hashtag to use.

For updates on the worldwide campaign, follow “The Free Samer Issawi Campaign” page on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Free-Samer-Issawi-Campaign/194111744067340?ref=ts&fref=ts

There are still over 4,800 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails, including children and administrative detainees (jailed without charge or trial). Over the past month we’ve seen Samer Issawi remain on hunger strike for over 260 days until he wins freedom without conditions; we’ve seen Arafat Jaradat tortured to death in Israeli prison; and Maysara Abuhamdieh die of cancer after being refused proper medical treatment by the Israeli prison service. The Israelis have continued their illegal policies of jailing Palestinians without charge or trial, jailing children in violation of all international laws, and torturing prisoners regardless of their age or gender.

But we have also seen the resistance of Palestinian prisoners to this repression through waves of hunger strikes throughout the Israeli prison system. We’ve seen Palestinians taking to the streets to protest the treatment of the men and women who resist the occupation of their land. And we’ve also seen the protests by Palestine solidarity activists around the world supporting the demand for justice and freedom for all Palestinian political prisoners.

Issawi had been detained by Israeli authorities without any charge whatsoever. He had been released from prison in October 2011 as a part of the Shalit prisoner swap, but was detained again without charge on July 7, 2012, and has been refusing food since August 2012 to protest his detention.

Sponsored by:

Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG) – Chicago
U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) – National
USPCN – Chicago
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) – Chicago
Committee Against Political Repression (CAPR)
Coalition to Protect People’s Rights (CPPR)
Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR)
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) – Chicago
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) – Chicago
Students for Justice in Palestine from NEIU, University of Chicago, and Northwestern University