Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Ahmad Sa'adat


The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat issued the following statement on 15 January, marking the 14th anniversary of Sa’adat’s imprisonment by the Palestinian Authority (later kidnapped by Israeli occupation forces in an attack on Jericho prison on 14 March 2006; the Palestinian political leader, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, is now sentenced to 30 years in Israeli prison)

Arabic campaign statement | French statement (translation via Coup Pour Coup 31)

Today, January 15, 2016, marks the 14th anniversary of the abduction of Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat by a treacherous act of the Palestinian security services against not only Ahmad Sa’adat, but against the Palestinian people, their resistance and their struggle.

The Palestinian Authority’s intelligence service, supported by other security agencies, arrested Sa’adat along with his comrades, and detained them at the presidential headquarters of the PA. This act came in submission to the terms of the United States and the Zionist state, and in the framework of security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and the occupation – a framework that continues, despite the massive harm it has caused the Palestinian people for the past 23 years, to the present day.

This targeted attack on the leaders and cadres of the resistance paved the way for their imprisonment in Jericho prison in a notorious agreement with the occupation, under U.S. and British guards – and also paved the way for the March 14, 2006 attack on the prison and kidnapping of Sa’adat and his comrades by occupation soldiers.

The Palestinian Authority’s security apparatus is a burden upon the Palestinian people, rather than a force that provides them security against the relentless attacks and invasion of occupation soldiers and settlers. The Palestinian people have given and continue to give immense sacrifices in order to obtain their freedom, but are met time and again with authoritarian and repressive measures against their organizing, and continued security coordination with the occupation. The Palestinian Authority leadership is perhaps more than ever subservient to the demands of the occupation, while Palestinian institutions and embassies fail to serve or represent the Palestinian people, their cause and their concerns.

We reaffirm that the impact of this crime 14 years ago has not lessened, and that the Palestinian Authority and its security services must be accountable for the kidnapping of Sa’adat and his comrades, and all of the crimes of security coordination and repression against the Palestinian people, their resistance and their national leaders.

Today, we also note the urgent case of the Palestinian struggler and liberated prisoner Omar Nayef Zayed in Bulgaria. As we saw in the involvement of the U.S. and British security services in the imprisonment of Sa’adat, today, Zayed is facing extradition to the hands of the occupier by the Bulgarian state, where he has lived for the past 22 years, after escaping unjust imprisonment in occupation prisons.

Zayed has taken refuge inside the Palestinian embassy in Sofia. Today, as we remember this devastating crime against Sa’adat and against the Palestinian people, we demand that this crime not be repeated and that Zayed be fully protected by the Palestinian embassy and all Palestinian institutions. We also urge all supporters of the struggle of Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian liberation struggle to demand that Omar Nayef Zayed is not turned over to the occupation state and that Bulgaria’s courts and police are not used as extensions of the Israeli occupation forces.

The rising Palestinian people have exposed more than ever the bankruptcy of the path of negotiations, coordination and submission to the occupation and to U.S. imperialism. At the same time, the rising of the Palestinian people also inspires true hope for revolutionary change and liberation. The compass of the Palestinian people has always remained pointed toward freedom, and they confront, with firm resolve and determination all attempts to diminish their resistance and their just cause. Without rest, despite repression, imprisonment and invasions, they resist, revolt and struggle to free all of the prisoners, all of the people and all of the land of Palestine.

Freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian Prisoners!

Justice and Freedom for Omar Nayef Zayed!

January 15, 2016


The following statement by Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian Leftist political party, was issued marking the 48th anniversary of the PFLP’s founding, on December 11, 1967, from his cell in Ramon prison where he is imprisoned by the Zionist occupation. It is reprinted here from the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat:

To the masses of our people, to the comrades,

On this occasion, we salute the great 48th anniversary of our Front. And Palestine is rising in intifada and revolution, with martyrs who have sworn to defeat the occupation and pave the way of the people toward real national self-determination, liberation and return, who are determined that Jerusalem will not be stolen from our people. The leaders and militants of our people and our youth and all of our forces are behind this escalating intifada, toward independence and self-determination over our land, rejecting all attempts to stop and deflect this movement from its natural course and from the objectives sought by the uprising of the youth.

This intifada is continuing steadily despite the enormous sacriices and despite attempts by the occupation to stop it with its flagrant crimes and settler terror.

I salute the young men and women, all the young Palestinians, who are rising with stones, Molotov cocktails, knives and guns, and the mothers and systers of the martyrs and the prisoners who are models of strength and resilience, ululating when confronted with the death of their children, who have shown epic steadfastness and sacrifice in their suffering. All of the Zionist occupation state’s repression, bloodshed and attempts to break the will of the people have fallen in the wake of their steadfastness.

I salute all of our struggling people in the trenches of resistance and intifada, confronting the occupier, seeking to build a national future and a political, cultural and human vision, and all those who struggle internationally, for a society that rejects racism and oppression in all of its forms and instead envisions popular relations based on equality, love, cooperation and mutual support.

I would also like to especially greet the comrades as they light the 48th torch, for the anniversary of our Front, the Popular Front, which was based on struggle and sacrifice, and still struggles and sacrifices. And which continues to march, carrying high the banner of the struggle, and the banner of the martyrs and prisoners, generation after generation.

Every greeting to our Palestinian masses in the occupied homeland of 1948, who are fighting the Zionist actions against them and the ongoing attempts to expel them from our ancestral homeland; all salutes to our people in exile and diaspora, and in the camps, who have confirmed that the suffering of forced deportation from our homeland and the pain of oppression and displacement has only made them more determined to end that suffering through victory, and to struggle alongside their people inside Palestine to accumulate the achievements of the struggle, and lead the way on the road to return, the fundamental core of our Palestinian national liberation movement.

To the masses of our people who push forward the flame of the intifada…The intifada has embodied the natural state of our people and their true path, emerging in response to suffering created by heinous crimes, repression and racism, attacking their national identity, their right to self-determination, and a decent life. Accordingly, and in response to calls to bring an end to this intifada, or to domesticate and transform it into a tactical move for manipulation in negotiations, or from true popular resistance to “peaceful resistance,” we affirm the content of our liberation project, that is democratic and human. Our intifada and resistance against this occupation is a continuous strategic struggle in order to achieve the goals and dreams of our people: to full independence and self-determination on the entire land of Palestine, which includes the establishment of a truly democratic state of Palestine, anti-racist, rejecting all forms of discrimination and oppression, and ending the anti-colonial conflict through uprooting the Zionist project from the land of Palestine and therefore, end the basis of oppression and hatred among the population of Palestine, and establishing a democratic political system that respects all individual and collective rights, all cultural, religious and national rights, and equality of opportunity and of rights on the basis of the collective and individual right to freedom of expression and the rights of the individual. This state of Palestine constitutes the product of a comprehensive democratic process involving all inhabitants of Palestine.

This intifada puts before the Palestinian monopolistic leadership a way out from confusion, stagnation and reliance on the illusions of negotiations and political settlement managed by the U.S. State Department. Understandings which still perceive the U.S. government as a partner and friend of the Palestinian people, and which attempt to either suppress the struggle of our people or use it to gain an advantage in this context, are vacuous and irrelevant in the face of the Palestinian blood in the streets of Jerusalem, of our homeland.

The continued political division and attempts to deal with the reconciliation efforts through mere words and not a serious action is an insult to our people, who look to turn the page on this period. Reality has confirmed that such is not possible without undertaking a serious and bold critical review of the political path and line of our people and of the Palestinian national movement, and working to rebuild its base, drawing lessons from the mistakes and working wholeheartedly to support the popular intifada, with full confidence in the ability of our people and their capabilities to defeat aggression and achieve victory over the Zionist project.

Without the unification of the energies of our people, parties and institutions in the service of the goals of the intifada, the goals of the Palestinian revolution, we will remain always prone to cooling-off, to suppression, and to negative developments. There is an objective link between the continuation and escalation of the intifada and the internal Palestinian situation, its internal stability and rejection of division and exclusivity, and building a firm base of national unity.

The Palestinian people are determined to continue the intifada for all of the national rights of our people. This position is naturally consistent with the struggle of all progressive global forces confronting global imperial arrogance and struggling for independence, self-determination and liberation, for social justice, equality and socialism, based on a fair distribution of the wealth and human principles of peace, rejection of war, imperialism and all forms of oppression and exploitation, principles to which the Popular Front is committed in its political strategy.

In conclusion, I confirm to the masses of the Palestinian people, the Arab nation, and the world, that the PFLP will always remain faithful to the principles, values and national vision and objectives embodied by the leaders of our party, led by the founder, Dr. George Habash, the martyr Abu Ali Mustafa, Ghassan Kanafani, Wadie Haddad, Guevara Gaza, Abu Maher al-Yamani, Ribhi Haddad, Shadia Abu Ghazaleh and all of the martyrs, from the first martyr of the Front, Khaled Abu Aisha, until the last martyr of the Front fallen in the field of struggle.

Long live the 48th anniversary of the launch of this struggling front – forward the intifada, resistance and unity to defeat the colonial Zionist entity.

General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat
Ramon Prison

Published originally on Sumoud Sa’adat’s Facebook:

For us Palestinians, life has a different meaning and taste. While people around the world go on journeys to embrace nature, hike its mountains, or dive in its seas, we, the families of Palestinian political prisoners, go on journeys of our own to completely different places.

We journey to the Israeli occupation’s prisons where our loved ones are held in captivity. Although these prisons were forcibly imposed on us Palestinians, yet we go there with joy and excitement in our hearts while trying to ignore the harsh and bitter reality that lies within the prison walls. The night before the visit, many are unable to sleep the night, as was my case. Others cannot sleep deeply and instead spend the night tossing and turning in their beds trying to relax their anxious bodies in the hopes of being in their best shape for the visit.

Preparations Before the Visit

Our day started at four o’clock in the morning. First, we thoroughly packed the things my dad asked for so we wouldn’t forget anything. Then we prepared some food, coffee and cold water given the hot weather in the place we were heading to.

My mother, my brother(Ghassan) and myself left the house at 6:00 am, and headed towards the buses, which were located in front of ‘Isa’ad Al-toufeleh’ Park in Al-Bireh, Ramallah. Upon arrival, all the prisoners’ families gazed at us as we were getting off the car. When we approached them they met us with smiles and morning greetings. I heard someone saying: “this is the family of Ahmad Sa’adat. They are visiting with us!” Some approached us with warm greetings and said: “finally! They are allowing you to visit!”

The interaction between us and the other families started instantly and went smoothly without any barriers. After all we knew most of them. Some, used to deliver clothing and books to my father whom we were banned from visiting while visiting their sons and loved ones. To some we were relatives, and others I knew though my work in Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

There, I met my seventh grade Arabic school teacher. But today she came as the mother of the prisoner Mohammed Wahbeh who was sentenced to five years in Israeli prisons. In such moments, you can only see hopeful faces full of energy, smiles, laughter and joy. At some point you realize all of us that bus stop shared the same pain, the same  purpose; visiting our loved ones in Nafha Prison.

Beit Seira Checkpoint: The Fear of Being Returned

The bus moved at 6:50am. Since it was my first visit, the families were explaining what the next stop was. Beit Seira checkpoint was our next stop. At this checkpoint you wait with the fear of not being allowed to pass through. We arrived at Beit Seira check point at 7:30 am, we got off the bus and we walked around 50 meters until we reached an open yard sheltered with metal plates. In that yard there was but one filthy toilet which the families are forced to use because of the long journey. In that yard an employee from the International Committee of the Red Cross would hand the families tickets which allow the visit. We got our tickets and headed to the inspection point.

At the inspection point,you come across a revolving metal gate (gate number one). This gate is referred to as Al-Ma’atah, a gate usually used for animals especially chicken. Then, you have to empty your pockets, and if you are a woman, you put your hand bag on the inspection machine. At this gate, you present your identity card and wait for a while before being allowed to proceed to the next gate (gate number two).Gate number two is the gate which the families hate and despise. At this gate,there is a window and behind it two armed- Israeli female soldiers to whom you hand-over your identity card, the visit permit and the Red Cross ticket. When I presented my visit permit, identity card and ticket, one of the soldiers asked me to wait after she read my name. I noticed that she handed all my documents to the other soldier who was sitting behind her on a computer. I had to wait for a while during which two families passed the checkpoint as I watched the soldier one sitting at the computer. She kept staring at me which made me wonder what sort of information was she reading on her computer.

Shortly after, she returned my documents to the soldier at the window who then gave them back tome. Without a doubt, my mother went through the same procedure. Unlike me, my mother holds a Jerusalem ID, that allows her to pass checkpoints without needing a permit. Nevertheless she decided to share this experience with me.

Eventually we passed through the checkpoint and waited on the other side for the rest of the families to gather. In total we were 72 visitors on that bus. On the bus one of the families explained that their child, who was 15 years old was banned from passing the checkpoint and visiting his brother. The soldiers claimed that he was 16 years old and thus needed a permit. His mother however insisted his 16th birthday was in four months and he didn’t need a permit. To our sorrow,however, the soldiers did not allow him to pass and continue his journey.

The bus moved again at 9:20 am. My heartbeat started to pace. I was asking myself, how will the meeting be? Will I cry? Will I laugh? Will I, by some miracle, be able to get a hug from my father? How will my dad react? Last time he saw me I was 20. Today I was 29 years old. Will he even recognize me?! What about his features? Has he grown old? Will I find in his reassuring eyes the comfort they always gave? Is he calm? Will I see that smile which grants me strength and hope?

I decided to escape all this anxiety by sitting next to the driver and asking him about the places around us and the weather in an attempt to kill some time but also because it has been a very long time that I was in south of occupied Palestine. When I was young, we used to visit my father in Al-Naqab prison, and now I was reminiscing memories long forgotten. We passed by the junction which leads to the Israeli Naqab prison. We also passed by the Israeli Eshel prison which I heard so much about.We also passed by stunning desert mountains of such a beauty that I never saw before.

Two hours later, we arrived to the Rimon and Nafha Prisons. Suddenly all the anxiety returned, but even stronger this time. All my attempts to control this anxiety failed. When the driver announced that we arrived, all of the questions which I tried to avoid were back. I was like a butterfly which wants to fly, my heart was racing,my eyes were full of tears and absurdly, I had a strong urge to smile. A strong feeling overcame me, one that I haven’t felt for 9 years. Finally I was going to see my father, but I was certain it wasn’t going to be easy, for Indeed long waiting hours and humiliation were ahead of us.



We arrived at Nafha prison at 11:30 am. One shouldn’t expect to just get off the bus and proceed to visit their loved ones, for this isn’t the case here. Right at the entrance, a security vehicle approached us and we were asked to wait. The bus had to park on the side while waiting, and we were surprised when a large bus passed by.The bus was a white and had the logo of the Israeli Prison Service’s (IPS) Nahshon unit on it. It had tiny and high windows and looked like a dairy truck. This was the bus which transports prisoners. Of course we couldn’t glimpse any of the prisoners, but we saw the dozens of Nahshon personnel surrounding the bus.

For 20 minutes we waited inside the bus as we were banned from moving. Eventually a policeman who was wearing the IPS uniform came and opened a gate which led into a yard. As we entered the closed yard, the policeman was making sure everyone had entered so he can close the door behind us. In the yard were uncomfortable metal seats and only two fans in this unbelievable heat. The toilets were so filthy to the point that you rather not use them or end up using them with difficulty if it’s absolutely necessary. Inside the yard were two windows; one for smoking and the other one was the window through which the families hand-over the clothes and books to prisoners. I really wish I could have destroyed that window because of the humiliation one faces at it. The policeman at the window was dull, slow and mean. He seemed to have creative ways of making the families suffer. On the left, there was a window where one hands their visit permit and identity card after they call the prisoner’s name. I called that window, the window of luck.

One of the jailers called out the names of several prisoners, which he categorized as the first group. The divided us, the 72 visitors into four groups. Although the fourth group was only of four families, yet it was an excuse for the IPS to delay us further and cause us more suffering. My mother, Ghassan and I each separately headed to the three windows. Ghassan went to the smoking window, I went to the mean soldier window, and my mom went to the window of luck- and I wished she hadn’t.


At the window, the soldier told my mother that only me (Sumoud) was allowed to visit on that day,and both of Ghassan and herself weren’t. My mom started shouting at him saying that the whole family was allowed to visit, and he replied in a very cold manner saying that was decision. At that moment, I felt my mom’s deep pain and saw her tearful eyes. Ghassan’s face was full of rage. They completely disrupted our happiness and eagerness for that long awaited visit. My mom was trying to look away from me to hide the tears in her eyes. Ghassan was hugging me and telling me to greet our dad warmly, while in fact he was trying to hide his anger. It was an extremely painful and stressful moment for all three of us. My mom wasn’t allowed to visit my dad for over two years, and my brother hasn’t seen my dad since the last war on Gaza in 2014. How can I visit my dad while they can’t see him? I felt like I wanted to cry and shout as loud as I can, but I didn’t let‘them’ destroy this precious and priceless meeting for me. My mum and Ghassan left and I was alone. It was a very cruel feeling that moment, however I had to proceed with this long awaited visit.

The Mean Window

Ever since we entered the waiting hall and until the time of the visit, I and a group of no more than ten people were waiting at window with the mean policeman. We waited at the window from 11:45 until 1:00 pm all through which the mean policeman was doing anything he could to make us suffer. He would allow some clothes and reject others based on their colors and his mood. One of the mothers with us said last time black was allowed, wherea sthis time black was prohibited! Each of the family’s had at least one piece of clothing which the mean policeman decided were not permitted. Moreover, the policeman kept disappearing without giving any explanation leaving us to wait even further. Instead of having a moment of calm to plan how and what to say to our loved ones in the 45 minutes of the visit, this policeman kept us waiting,feeling bitter and humiliated.

For 9 years I dreamed of visiting my father. After 9 years of waiting, I will get to see him for 45 minutes! Around 1:15, they called the names of the prisoners in the first group. We stood by a metal gate waiting to enter. A policeman would ask which prisoner each person was visiting and then would make one wait while he checks the names. More waiting! At the moment I was wishing these doors, these mean people and faces did not exist! I just wanted to go through the gate to see my father. I wished these restrains and limits did not exist and that this suffering be over, for I couldn’t wait anymore.

I finally went through the gate. Behind it was a metal detecting machine. I was asked to take off my shoes, put them through the machine and walk through. If the machine would buzz, you will have to take off anything that could possibly make a sound. Sometimes women would be asked to takeoff their underwear if it had a metal hook. They would give the women prayer clothes, ask them to go to the bathroom to take off their underwear and then place it in the machine for further inspection!

Lucky enough, the machine did not buzz, so I was able to proceed. I then entered a second inspection room. There stood two heavily armed female soldiers who were about 22 years old. They held a portable metal detecting machine. The look in their eyes lacked any innocence, which one think they would have at their age, or humanity. I almost felt like shouting them, how does it feel for you as women to be oppressing other women? But I didn’t. After the inspection I entered a hall, and there waited again. I waited and waited. Slowly I started feeling happy. Behind the next door I will be seeing my father, at last. I will see the bright face that I love and miss.

A policeman entered the hall and said it’s time for the visit. At that moment I felt like running, or walking! I really didn’t know what to do. We finally entered the visiting hall. The first thing I noticed there was the window which separates us from the prisoners. I was trying to glimpse my dad. Where are you dad? I was eagerly trying to find him. At the first window was a young man, at the second a man. But not my father. And suddenly I saw him. Walking next to the last guy. I ran towards the empty window so quickly that I even jumped over a set of steps. Suddenly he was therein front of me. My father, Abu Ghassan. I wished the glass separating us could break so he would hug me as he did when I was young. But some dreams are never meant to come true. The glass did not break.

My father, my source of power and happiness, was finally there in front of me where our eyes can finally meet. Despite the glass that was separating us, I held up the phone and I shouted as loud as I could:(Baba Habibi!) Dad, my love! Finally! Then I sent him several kisses from behind the glass. At that moment my eyes were full of tears and my voice was shaking.My father’s eyes were full of tears as well. However, we did not want to cry at that moment because it was a time for joy, so out of nowhere I made a loud Zaghrouta (ululation: a celebratory sounds usually made in weddings and other celebrations) and we started laughing. It was here that the visit properly started.

My dad was still the same. His sight made me feel like I am at the top of the world. We laughed and talked. I sent him more kisses though the glass. I passed greetings from many people. He told me about this daily life, how he spent his days and his new and I the same. These moments felt like a dream that I can never forget.

I started at him a lot, in an attempt to satisfy my need of him, my warm loving father, and his gaze which I will not be seeing again anytime soon. These moments felt like I was a child again living my happy childhood. Although he looked the same, yet he looked older as well. This annoyed me a lot, however, his spirit does not sound any older for he had the same strength and smile to which we were used. The beautiful grey had spread to the rest of his hair. His eyes were somewhat sad, probably because my mother and Ghassan could not visit him today, but also because today was my uncle’s 13th memorial. My father was also sad for his companion in prison, Ishrak Rimawi, who’s son, Ahmad, had passed away just two days ago. We spoke about how painful and shocking Ahmad’s death was. Ahmad was only recently released from Israeli occupation prisons and he actually spent time with his own father inside the same prison.

Despite all the sadness and pain, we still managed to smile and send each other kisses every now and then. We also managed to joke and laugh loudly about some family matters. Towards the very end of the visit,my dad was about to say goodbye and tell me to take care, when suddenly the phone was cut off. I could no longer hear his voice. The 45 minutes were over.Still he continued to speak from behind the glass and he placed his hand at the window. I said very loudly, do not worry abu Ghassan, and I placed my hand at the window facing his. I glanced at him one last time and he as well. That moment was the most difficult. My dream came to an end and I did not have enough of my father. I still yearned for him and missed him.

My father stood up to walk towards the door. I walked on the other side of the glass following his footsteps and watching him.A police officer was asking me to hurry up, but I did not hear him for I was trying to listen to my father’s steps. When I got to the door and was about to leave, I shouted as loud as I could: “Baba (dad), Abu Ghassan! I will miss you a lot” and I sent him a kiss. He waved his hand goodbye, smiling and we both left.

45 minutes are not enough for a 9 year old conversation. It was not even enough to quench my thirst and yearning for my father, but it was enough to give both me and him some strength and hope. My dream was over and I did not want it to end. Nevertheless, the beauty of the situation is that one could break the shackles placed on his happiness and could be happy, although briefly, despite all the difficult circumstances. For 45 minutes we ignored the police officer surrounding us, from my side and his watching the families and their loved ones. I ignored their reactions to our interaction, or their reaction to how the glass separates us from our loved ones or the inhuman phone. We simply were looking for minutes of happiness throughout our pain to keep us going, and we found them.

After the Visit… Reflecting on the Dream

The visit was over, but the journey did not end yet. We left around 2:50 pm to a room where we would have to wait for the other families to finish their visits. I can’t but describe how sad was the situation in that waiting room. The room was very quiet. The families were waiting,eating some of the food they got with them. Sad looks were all over their faces. They all were busy thinking, remembering every detail of the short visit that went by too quickly. Everyone was tired and filled with sadness. We all had to wait for over two hours for the remaining families to finish their visits. It was 5:10 pm already when we were about to leave. As we were leaving through the prison doors and I wished I could stay a little longer. Even if I couldn’t see my father, yet I did not want to leave him there alone. These moments were very difficult for me and for the other families. To leave your loved ones behind. Yet, we will continue to dream. We will continue to hope.

On 6 August, after a long negotiations process between Palestinian prisoners representing the political factions and the Israeli Prison Service, Palestinian prisoners from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the leftist Palestinian political party, have postponed their start date for an open hunger strike until Wednesday, 12 August. The Israeli Prison Service reportedly conceded to numerous demands of the prisoners, including an end to the violent raids, family visits for PFLP general secretary Ahmad Sa’adat – who has been prohibited from them for two years – and other prisoners, a return of transferred prisoners to their sections in Nafha and an end to arbitrary transfers, and the improvement of various living conditions.

Given the history of the IPS in conceding to prisoners’ demands and then immediately violating their agreements, the prisoners are giving the IPS until Wednesday to implement its commitments. If these commitments are not implemented, the open hunger strike will launch as scheduled until the implementation of the prisoners’ demands. The statement from the PFLP prison branch follows:

Following a lengthy meeting with the Israeli prison administration in Nafha, attended by representatives of all Palestinian factions in the prison, the prison branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in occupation prisons has decided to postpone its open hunger strike, which was scheduled to begin next Sunday, 9 August, until Wednesday, 12 August, following the commitments of the prison administration to respond to the prisoners’ demands.

The prison administration has promised to allow the leader Ahmad Sa’adat to receive his family visits and to lift the ban on family visits, to stop the general policy of transfers of prisoners, to return the Fateh prisoners to section 10 after they were transferred and removed to other areas, and to make various improvements in prison conditions, including stopping the ongoing nighttime violent raids and inspections.

The PFLP prison branch said that the outcome of the meeting with the IPS management and this response to the demands of the prisoners remains pending; the meaning of these promises will be in their implementation, as long experience has confirmed that the prison administration reneges on its promises to the prisoners. Therefore, the step of postponement of the strike until Wednesday comes in anticipation of the implementation of these demands by the prison administration. If these commitments are disavowed or delayed, the Front’s prisoners will launch an open hunger strike on Wednesday.

The Front’s prison branch emphasizes that the decision to wage a hunger strike is a strategic and difficult decision, and is a last resort undertaken by the national prisoners’ movement after it has exhausted all options, so that if it is possible to obtain our demands through our negotiations and avoid the battle of hunger strike we will do so, but if there is no implementation or a delay in implementation, the prisoners will enter the battle of open hunger strike and will cease only with the implementation of their just demands by the prison administration.

International action and support continues to be urgent to achieve the prisoners’ demands. It is mid-August, and prisoners will be risking their health amid intense heat in an open hunger strike.

Take action now!

1. Sign on to this statement in support of the prisoners’ demandsOrganizational and individual endorsements are welcome – and organizational endorsements particularly critical – in support of the prisoners’ demands and their actions. Click here to sign or sign below:

2. Send a solidarity statement. The support of people around the world helps to inform people about the struggle of Palestinian prisoners. It is a morale booster and helps to build political solidarity. Please send your solidarity statements to They will be published and sent directly to the prisoners.

3. Hold a solidarity one-day hunger strike in your area. Gather in a tent or central area, bring materials about Palestinian prisoners and hold a one-day solidarity strike to raise awareness and provide support for the struggle of the prisoners and the Palestinian cause. Please email us at to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

4. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area.  Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this issue in your next event about Palestine and social justice. Please email us at to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

5. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, a global security corporation, is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott itPalestinian political prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S. Learn more about BDS at

UPDATE, 9 August: Palestinian prisoners affiliated with the PFLP have announced they will begin striking on Tuesday, 11 August. 180 Prisoners are now striking in several Israeli prisons. Full details:

UPDATE, 7 August: Palestinian prisoners have postponed their open hunger strike launch to Wednesday, 12 August, following concessions from the Israeli Prison Service. International action is still critical! For full details, please see the update here:

Palestinian political prisoners are escalating their struggle following attacks by Israeli special forces on imprisoned Palestinians in Nafha and the ongoing denial of family visits and violations of prisoners’ rights. On Wednesday, 5 August, 120 prisoners, mostly affiliated with Fateh, began an open hunger strike in sections 1, 4 and 10 in Nafha prison, in protest of the ongoing attacks, in which Israeli special forces invading the prison cells injured 30 prisoners including Ahmad Sa’adat, the Palestinian political leader and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who recently released this letter to the international movement for the boycott of Israel.

On 6 August, prisoners affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine announced that on Sunday, 9 August, they would launch an open hunger strike in all Israeli prisons, led by Sa’adat and demanding an end to the denial of family visits, medical care for sick prisoners, improved living conditions in prisons, the end of administrative detention, and a ban on the storming of prisoners’ cells by Israeli special forces, including the Metsada unit that attacked the prisoners in Nafha. Take action to support the prisoners’ demands and their strike! 

The statement follows (click here to read in Italian)

Press Release

The branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Israeli jails, led by the General Secretary Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, has decided to launch an open hunger strike beginning Sunday, 9 August 2015, due to the continued onslaught of frenzied attacks against Palestinian prisoners by the Prison Administration, and its refusal to accept the just demands of the prisoners.

In this press release, the prison branch of the Front declares that the prisoners of the Front have called for a state of high alert in all prisons to prepare for taking this step, emphasizing that there is no choice but that of confrontatin and steadfastness to confront the policies and practices of the occupation, and that they are determined to continue and struggle through the strike until their demands are met, including:

* allowing family visits for prisoners who have been, until now, prohibited from such visits with their loved ones, including Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat;
* providing necessary and adequate medical care to sick prisoners;
* ending the policy of administrative detentions
* improving the living conditions inside the prisons
* prohibiting invasions and raids by special units of the Zionist forces, including the Metsada unit, on the sections and cells of the prisoners.

The prison branch of the Front also stresses that this step is being taken to defend the rights of our people in the framework of the prisoners’ national movement, and is a challenge by the prisoners to the policies and laws of the occupation, in particular the new law authorizing force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, and to the ongoing violations against the prisoners, and also to the recent statements by some Zionist leaders and officials about the issue of Palestinian prisoners.

The PFLP’s prison branch urges the masses of the Palestinian people to engage in the broadest campaign of support and solidarity for the prisoners; this strike is one stage in our ongoing confrontation and struggle with the occupation.

With this statement, hundreds of Palestinian political prisoners are making clear their intention to launch a mass hunger strike on 9 August; Palestinian prisoners from other factions are also expected to escalate their steps of protest as well, up to and including open hunger strikes. Palestinian prisoners from Hamas were suddenly transferred from Nafha to Gilboa prison in the north on Tuesday, sparking a call for disobedience in the prisons from prisoners affiliated with Hamas.

The current hunger strike in Nafha and the strike that will begin on Sunday requires support and solidarity also from people and movements around the world. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network fully and unconditionally supports the prisoners in their demands and urges actions around the world by friends of Palestine and Palestinian communities to support these prisoners.

Take action now!

1. Sign on to this statement in support of the prisoners’ demandsOrganizational and individual endorsements are welcome – and organizational endorsements particularly critical – in support of the prisoners’ demands and their actions. Click here to sign or sign below:

2. Send a solidarity statement. The support of people around the world helps to inform people about the struggle of Palestinian prisoners. It is a morale booster and helps to build political solidarity. Please send your solidarity statements to They will be published and sent directly to the prisoners.

3. Hold a solidarity one-day hunger strike in your area. Gather in a tent or central area, bring materials about Palestinian prisoners and hold a one-day solidarity strike to raise awareness and provide support for the struggle of the prisoners and the Palestinian cause. Please email us at to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

4. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area.  Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this issue in your next event about Palestine and social justice. Please email us at to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

5. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, a global security corporation, is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott itPalestinian political prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S. Learn more about BDS at

Solidarity statements with Ahmad Sa’adat and his fellow Palestinian prisoners attacked in Nafha by Israeli guards and special forces have come in internationally: see the following three statements from France, Greece and Denmark:

France – Coup Pour Coup 31:

Lundi 27 juillet 2015 au soir, les Forces spéciales de l’administration pénitentiaire israélienne (Mitzada) ont fait irruption dans la prison de Nafha, située dans le désert du Néguev, en Palestine occupée. L’attaque fait suite à des actions menées par les prisonniers palestiniens pour protester contre leurs conditions de détention. Devant la résistance des prisonniers, les brigades Mitzada ont donc envahi les cellules, déplacé certains prisonniers et blessés une trentaine d’entre eux.

Parmi les blessés se trouve Ahmad Saadat, secrétaire général du Front Populaire de Libération de la Palestine (FPLP), incarcéré depuis 2002 par l’Autorité Palestinienne puis, depuis 2006 par l’occupation. Des communiqués de soutien et des actions solidaires ont vu le jour, que ce soit dans les différents prisons de l’occupation ou en dehors.

Plus de 6000 palestiniens et palestiniennes sont aujourd’hui enfermés par les forces israéliennes. Leurs combats pour leur libération est le combat pour la libération de la Palestine !

Libérez Ahmad Saadat

Libérez tous les prisonniers palestiniens !

Palestine vivra, Palestine vaincra !

On the evening of Monday, July 27, 2015, the Special Forces of the Israeli Prison Service (Mitzada) raided Nafha prison, located in the Negev desert in occupied Palestine. The attack follows the protest actions of Palestinian prisoners against their detention conditions. Faced with the resistance of prisoners, Mitzada special forces attacked and invaded the cells, transferred prisoners and wounded approximately thirty.

Among the wounded is Ahmad Sa’adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), imprisoned since 2002 by the Palestinian Authority and since 2006 by the occupation. Solidarity statements and actions of support are taking place, both inside the prisons of the occupation and outside.

More than 6,000 Palestinians are now imprisoned by Israeli forces. Their struggle for liberation os the struggle for the liberation of Palestine!

Free Ahmad Sa’adat

Free all Palestinian prisoners!

Palestine lives, Palestine will be victorious!


Denmark – Internationalt Forum:

Stop overgreb på palæstinensiske fanger i israelske fængsler –

 Løslad Ahmad Sa’adat og alle palæstinensiske fanger i israelske fængsler

(English Below)

Den fængslede PFLP-leder, Ahmad Sa’adat, og 30 af hans medfanger i det israelske Nafha fængsel  blev om morgenen den 28. juli angrebet af fangevogterne der gik ind i cellerne, sårede fangerne og  pågreb og konfiskerede deres personlige ting.  Angrebet, der skulle straffe fangerne for deres udholdenhed og kampvilje, blev mødt med militant modstand fra Ahmad Sa’adat og de andre fanger. 

Internationalt Forums Mellemøstgruppe  protesterer over overgrebene på Ahmed Sa’adat og de andre fanger i Nafha fængslet. Vi kræver løsladelse af alle palæstinensiske fanger i de israelske besættelsesfængsler.

Der er pt. 5.820 palæstinensiske politiske fanger i israelske fængsler, herunder studenterledere, græsrodsaktivister og medlemmer af det palæstinensiske parlament.   Mere end 400 af dem er administrativt tilbageholdt, 500 er børn, og 16 er medlemmer af det palæstinensiske parlament. Mange af fangerne – som Ahmad Sa’adat fra PFLP – er fængslet fordi de tilhører en palæstinensisk organisation der af Israel betragtes som en terrororganisation.

Vi, Internationalt Forums Mellemøstgruppe, betragter Israel som en terrorstat. Palæstinensere, der bekæmper besættelsen, betragter vi som frihedskæmpere.

Bekæmp besættelsen af Palæstina– Boykot Israel  – Frit Palæstina

Internationalt Forum/Mellemøstgruppen –

Stop  the Attacks on Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Prisons –

Free Ahmad Sa’adat and All Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Prisons

Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and 30 other prisoners in the Nafha prison were injured in the morning July 28 when they were attacked violently by prison guards who entered their cells and examined and confiscated their personnel belongings.  The attacks, which should punish the prisoners for their steadfastness, were met with fierce resistance from the prisoners.

We, Internationalt Forum/The Middle East Group, protest against the violent attacks in the Nafha prison on Ahmad Sa’adat and the other prisoners.  We demand the release of all Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation prisons.

There are  5,820 Palestinian political prisoners detained in Israeli jails, including student union leaders, grassroot activists and children. More than 400 are held on ‘administrative detention’, over 160 are children, and 16 are members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. , Many of them, like Ahmad Sa’adat, are imprisoned on the basis of their membership in Palestinian organizations that Israel considers ‘terrorist’. .

 We in Internationalt  Forum/the Middle East Group,  consider Israel   a  terror state. The Palestinians who resists the occupation are freedom fighters.

Fight  the Occupation of Palestine – Boycott Israel – Free Palestine

Internationalt Forum/The Middle East Group


Greece – Resistance Festival:

ΚΑΤΕΧΟΜΕΝΗ ΠΑΛΑΙΣΤΙΝΗ: Ενώ η Ελλάδα γίνεται η μοναδική χώρα στον κόσμο, πλην των ΗΠΑ, που συνάπτει “Status of Forces Agreement” με το ισραήλ (συμφωνία η οποία θα επιτρέπει τη στάθμευση ισραηλινών δυνάμεων σε ελληνικό έδαφος…), στις σιωνιστικές φυλακές οι ανθρωποφύλακες χτυπούν Παλαιστίνιους φυλακισμένους, περιλαμβανομένου του Αχμάντ Σααντάτ, ηγέτη του Λαϊκού Μετώπου για την Απελευθέρωση της Παλαιστίνης (PFLP). Παραμένουμε στο πλευρό της Παλαιστίνης και απορρίπτουμε την πολιτική της κυβέρνησης, που ντροπιάζει τον Ελληνικό Λαό και θέτει σε κίνδυνο τα συμφέροντα της Ελλάδας.

OCCUPIED PALESTINE: While Greece becomes the only country in the world (apart the USA) who signs a “Status of Forces Agreement” with israel, in the zionist prisons the guards attack Palestinian prisoners, including Ahmad Sa’adat, Palestinian political leader and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. We remain on the side of Palestine and reject the government’s policy, which brings shame to the Greek People and endangers the interests of Greece.

Ramallah- 29 July 2015, Report by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

Imprisoned Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Sa’adat told Addameer’s lawyer Farah Bayadsi, who visited him earlier today, that the prisoners in Nafha prison will continue their disobedience measures including closing the cell blocks, refusing recreation time in the yard and ending all communication with the prison administration until their demands are met. The prisoner’s demands are:

  • For the administration to meet with the chosen representative Alaa Abu Jazar
  • End the punitive measures that are imposed on the sections
  • Remove prisoners from isolation
  • End all night raids and searches

Sa’adat told Adv. Bayadsi that at 4:00 AM on 27 July 2015, the Massada Unit conducted a surprise raid in Nafha prison in cell #85, prompting the prisoners to burn the cell down. A collective decision across all political parties determined that any cells that are raided should be promptly burned down as an act of disobedience and as a protest of the violent and arbitrary raids.

Due to the fire, a number of the prisoners experienced difficulty briefing, and were then transferred into isolation cells. Simultaneously, the Massada Unit also raided Section 10 in the same prison. Prisoners testified that they heard screams, loud noises and knocking on the doors. Prisoners in Section 10 were transferred to Section 1 in the same prison.

Sa’adat further stated that he believed this attack on the prisoners in Nafha is part of the mass raids regularly conducted by the occupying forces, especially after the formation of the new government earlier this year. He added that the prison’s administration justified the violent raids by claiming that they wanted to confiscate mobile phones that were near the prison’s perimeter, that would be ultimately transferred to the prisoners. No cell phones have been produced in the raids.

Sa’adatalso confirmed that he was not attacked personally, and the attack was on all of the prisoners in Nafha. He also confirmed that he is in good health.

Addameer affirms that this attack is part of the mass attacks and punitive measures practiced by the occupying forces against Palestinian prisoners and detainees, which include harsh punishments during the attack on Gaza, proposing and approving discriminatory laws and legislations that violate international law.

According to Addameer’s statistics, there is a marked increase in the number of raids that are implemented by the IPS Special Units. In 2010 there were a total of 120 raids reported by the prisoner’s movement, which rose to 180 annually by 2014. Addameer believes that these systematic, violent raids are an attempt to break the unity of the Palestinian prisoner’s movement by attempting to prevent them from forming a unified position or strategy to oppose the daily violation of their human rights.


The following statement was issued by the International League of People’s Struggle Canada coordinating committee, in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners:

Free all Palestinian Prisoners in the Occupation Prisons! Free Ahmad Sa’adat!

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle condemns the vicious attack by occupation prison guards on Palestinian prisoners, including Ahmad Sa’adat, the jailed General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The attack started on July 27 in the Nafha prison in the south of Palestine, occupied by the Zionist State since 1948, when Israeli prison guards raided cells in the middle of the night, ransacking and destroying the prisoners belongings and attacking the resisting prisoners.

The attack, intended to punish the prisoners for their steadfastness, was met with militant resistance by Comrade Sa’adat and the other targeted prisoners, a number of whom were injured.

Incarceration is one of the main mechanisms used by Israel to maintain its criminal occupation of Palestine, targeting activists, political leaders, militants and their family members.  There are currently over 5700 Palestinian prisoners in the occupation jails, including more than 400 held on ‘administrative detention’, over 160 children along with 25 women and 16 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.  Many of them, like Ahmad Sa’adat, are imprisoned on the basis of their membership in Palestinian organizations that Israel considers ‘illegal’.

ILPS stands in militant solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in their steadfast resistance to the occupation! ILPS members organizations can show solidarity by:

  1. Organizing or joining protests at Israeli consulates or embassies in your area.
  2. Answering the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israeli economic, political and cultural institutions and corporations that participate and profit from the Israeli occupation and apartheid.
  3. Joining actions and campaigns that target UK based security firm G4$ who have a lucrative contract to provide ‘security services’ to the occupation jails, checkpoints and the apartheid wall.


Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Palestinian national political leader, issued the following call to international supporters of Palestine to escalate the campaigns for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions at all levels in support of the prisoners’ struggle. Sa’adat was injured on Tuesday, 28 July when Israeli prison guards and special units attacked Palestinian political prisoners held in Nafha. 

An Appeal to all international forces for freedom, peace, democracy, equality and social justice

The racist, settler-colonial occupying power persists in its ongoing war against the Palestinian people and its ongoing violations of international law and United Nations resolutions which criminalize the practices of the occupation state and its apartheid nature. This aggression is given cover by international support, collusion and silence, the strategic alliances and hypocrisy of the dominant international and imperialist powers in international political forums and institutions, who have closed all doors to a just political solution that respects international law and the fundamental rights of our people. Our people are left only the option of resistance, in a disproportionate battle against a massively armed enemy that wages war against the people, the land, the trees and the stones.

The daily crimes and racist policies of the Israeli occupier against our people recall the crimes and violations of apartheid as it was practiced by the white minority government against the people of South Africa; and we recall also the broad support of international popular forces against racism, oppression and apartheid, as well as the struggle of the South African people and the ability of this alliance to besiege the racist apartheid project, to disassemble it and struggle to build a democratic project.

Today, it is critical to besiege the racist, settler-colonial Zionist project, and indeed, to delegitimize this project, and to support the struggle of our people for liberation, self-determination and return as the pathway to a democratic political solution for Palestine. Our people will not bow to the governments of “Israel,” including the current government which represents the will of the colonizers and the ultra-extremist Zionist terror.

Accordingly, today I call on all forces of progress, freedom and democracy to stand by the struggle of our people through:

1) Acting to condemn the war of aggression carried out by “Israel” against our people in all international forums and to bring “Israeli” officials to justice and accountability;
2) All forms of boycott: political, economic, academic and cultural of the occupation state and the creation of a real economic cost for its industries of colonization and settlement;
3) Escalating the global campaigns for boycott of all corporations that support and invest in the occupation militarily and economically;
4) Working to prosecute the political and military leaders of the occupation in all legal arenas and international courts, and try them for their crimes;
5) Supporting the struggle of the prisoners of the Palestinian people, to defend their rights, demand their freedom, and provide political and legal support for their struggle, including recognizing them as prisoners of war and implementing the relevant clauses of the Geneva Conventions

Dear friends, with your support and the will and determination of our people and their resistance and steadfastness, victory will be achieved.

Ahmad Sa’adat
Nafha Prison

Take Action! 

Please share this statement with all supporters and friends of Palestine, of social justice and of human rights. Palestinians from inside Israeli jails are calling for your support: Boycott Israel! 

1.  Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy for Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners. Bring posters and flyers and hold a protest, or join a protest. Hold a community event or discussion, or include Ahmad Sa’adat’s statement in your next event about Palestine and social justice. Email us at to inform us about your events or actions.

2. Contact your Member of Parliament, Representative, or Member of European Parliament. The attack on Sa’adat and his fellow prisoners must not be allowed to continue with international silence. Contact your parliamentarian and urge them to support justice for Palestinian prisoners.

3. Boycott, Divest and Sanction.  Take action as Ahmad Sa’adat urges above: hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. Learn more at

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Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, injured on Tuesday by Israeli guards who attacked Palestinian prisoners in Nafha prison, met with his lawyer from the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association on 29 July, who reported that prisoners in Nafha are continuing to protest, closing their prison sections and refusing to meet with prison administration until their demands are implemented.

The prisoners are demanding an end to sanctions and punishments against the prisoners in Nafha, the return of the prisoners from Room #85 in Nafha from isolation or transfer, and an end to the night inspections in which Israeli prison guards regularly violently ransack Palestinian prisoners’ belongings in the middle of the night. Room #85 was the first attacked by Israeli guards on Monday, 27 July.

Sa’adat said that the attack on the prisoners in Nafha is part of a general attack by occupation forces against the Palestinian people. He said that the occupation forces have used the excuse of mobile phones to attempt to justify their attacks, noting that it was not a personal attack but a collective assault on all of the prisoners in Nafha.

Addameer said that the attack on prisoners in Nafha is part of collective punishment against Palestinian prisoners, including sanctions imposed on prisoners during the attack on Gaza and propsals to enact a number of racist laws that violate international law and attempt to undermine the accomplishment of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement. Addameer also noted that there is an ongoing increase in raids and attacks by special units inside Israeli prisons; there were over 180 such raids in 2014.

Issa Qaraqe, director of the Prisoners Affairs Committee, said in a press statement that the situation in the prisons remains very tense as a result of the attacks by Israeli forces against prisoners in Nafha and Ramon prisons, noting that prisoners in Nafha, Ramon, Eshel, Ofer and Negev prisons have decided to escalate their protest against the prison administration and demand they end their policy of attacks. The prisoners will return their dinners on 27 July and refuse to enter the recreation yard or clinic and will not meet with prison officials. Qaraqe noted that these protests are meant to support the prisoners in Nafha prison and not leave them alone subject to violent attacks by the occupation forces.