Ahmad Sa'adat

111010-prisoner-solidarityPrisoners of the Occupation:

Presentation and discussion on Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

Wednesday, October 22
7:30 – 9:30pm
@ 439 Dunlevy (between Hastings and Pender)

Please join us for a presentation and discussion in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners.

Presentations:
Charlotte Kates (via Skype) – update on the situation for the more than 6,200 Palestinian prisoners – including more than 200 children, 18 women and more than 500 ‘administrative’ detainees – in occupation jails.

Aiyanas Ormond – the case of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat and the connection between terrorist designations and the incarceration and criminalization of Palestinians.

Discussion:

How can we raise consciousness of the use of incarceration and administrative detention as an instrument for repressing the Palestinian struggle for liberation?

How can we demonstrate meaningful solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, their families and their communities?

How can we expose and oppose the Canadian government’s complicity in the criminalization and incarceration of Palestinians who resist occupation and oppression?

Event organized by Red Sparks Union and supported by Canada Palestine Association and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

Contact: info@redsparks.org

The following protest is organized by Inminds:

DATE: Friday 17th Oct 2014, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
LOCATION: The Peak, 5 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1LL (across the road from Victoria Station next to Apollo Theatre)
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1494180447518441

In contravention of Article 116 of the Fourth Geneva Convention Israel is denying Palestinian families the right to visit their loved ones in prison.

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Following the 2006 election victory of Hamas, Israel collectively punished the population of Gaza by denying family visits to all Palestinains from Gaza. One of the main demands of the April 2014 hunger strike by administrative detainees was for Israel to reinstate family visits to Gaza prisoners and whilst Israel agreed to resume the visits on conclusion of the strike it soon reneged on its promise and since July all visits from Gaza are banned. Also vindictively Israel punished the 125 administrative detainees who participated in the hunger strike by banning their families from visiting for 4 months.

Now Israel has started to issue 3 month banning orders on family visits, to the families of prisoners with links to organisations opposing the occupation. On September 14th 2014, Ahmad Sa’adat, Member of Palestinian Parliament and Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, received orders banning his family from visiting for 3 months. Hundreds of other prisoners, especially those affiliated with Hamas, Islamic Jihad and PFLP, have similarly received banning orders against family visits.

Israel’s use of family visits as a weapons to punish prisoners and their families must be opposed. Please join us on friday as we join the call by the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat to demand freedom for all Palestinian prisoners including Ahmad Sa’adat.

The protest will be outside the offices of the CEO of G4S  (not outside G4S HQ) at The Peak on Wilton Road. G4S secures the prisons and interrogation centres where Israel cages and tortures Palestinians.

Addameer factsheet on Families and Family Visits:
http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=728

Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat:
http://freeahmadsaadat.org/

In particular we will be raising the case of Mona Qa’adan, who has been denied family visits for 2 years.

MONA QA’ADAN

Palestinian woman university lecturer Mona Qa’adan was abducted 2 years ago in November 2012. She has not been allowed a single family visit in 2 years. 

Her entire family – four sisters and three brothers, have all been labelled a “security threat” and prevented from talking to her for even a single minute in two years. Mona’s illegal detention has been extended 16 consecutive times since her abduction without any trial. In the meantime she her health is suffering with problems in her gallbladder, stomach and high blood pressure. 

She is caged at the notorious G4S secured HaSharon womens prison. At HaSharon prison Palestinian women prisoners have to endure beatings, insults, threats, sexually explicit harassment and sexual violence, and humiliation at the hands of Israeli guards. They are often forced to undergo degrading strip searches during the middle of the night – forced to squat naked and subjected to intrusive internal body searches, for no reason other than as a punitive measure. Women have been beaten and left tied to their bed for a day and a half and not allowed to go to the toilet as punishment for spilling water. The cells at HaSharon prison are overcrowded, dirty and infected with rodents and cockroaches. There is a total absence of basic hygiene, women have even been denied sanitary pads when menstruating. The heat is unbearable, the windows are closed and covered so that hardly any air or daylight can enter. The food is insufficient, and of inferior quality & dirty, often containing insects & worms, at times there are not enough portions for all the women. 

This is the third time Mona has been imprisoned by the occupation. Her first arrest was on August 2 2007, she was released on June 20 2008, then she was kidnapped again on May 31 2011, and was released on November 18 2011 as part of the Shalit prisoner swap deal only to be abducted again a year later.

Rolling Picket – Free all Palestinian political prisoners!
Manchester, UK
Saturday, October 25
12:00 noon
Picadilly Gardens
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/309319402594797/

Saturday 25 October is a Global day of action in solidarity with Palestinian Political Prisoners called by the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, imprisoned leader of the PFLP. He along with hundreds of other Palestinian prisoners have been denied family visits since the beginning of September. In Manchester we call on people to gather in Piccadilly Gardens at 12 noon for a rolling picket of shops and banks that in one way or another support the apartheid state of Israel.

Organized by the Revolutionary Communist Group Manchester and Fight Racism Fight Imperialism

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From the eirigi website:

In solidarity with our Palestinian Comrades and their call for participation in ‘days of action’ to free Palestinian political prisoners, éirígí Béal Feirste are organising a whiteline picket on Sunday 19th October at 2.30pm, at the bottom of the Whiterock Road. The following is an article from the PFLP website calling for solidarity actions – éirígí calls upon other progressive groups and organisations to mobilise in support and to get organising solidarity actions. Link to main article at end.

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine calls upon all to participate in the activities and campaigns that have been launched to support the Palestinian prisoners in occupation prisons and demand their freedom. Events, organized by the Palestinian prisoners’ movement, the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, and organizations around the world supporting Palestine, will take place on October 17-25, demanding freedom for Palestinian prisoners and focusing on the case of imprisoned General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat, denied family visits by occupation forces, and imprisoned Arab struggler Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, held in French prisons for 30 years.

The Front praised Sa’adat for rejecting the denial of family visits, refusing to sign the order denying him visits with his family, and noted that he is planning to launch an open hunger strike if the prison authorities do not cancel the order denying family visits and end the ongoing policy of depriving hundreds and thousands of prisoners of their most basic human rights. It urged all to raise their action and commitment to meet this challenge and stand with Sa’adat and his fellow Palestinian political prisoners as they demand their rights, especially the most basic right to family visits.

The Front said that the denial of family visits is being imposed in order to isolate Palestinian prisoners from the national movement, and a desperate measure aimed at breaking the will of the leadership of the prisoners’ movement. It noted that this is a new form of isolation, recalling that Sa’adat has been denied access to most of his family members since being kidnapped from Jericho prison on March 14, 2006 by invading occupation forces, and was held in isolation with no family visits at all for three years. It noted also that there are a large number of prisoners who are suffering from these unjust orders which escalated against them during the Zionist aggression against Gaza.

The Front demanded that Palestinian official institutions, especially embassies and missions around the world, uphold their responsibilities to their people on the issue of the prisoners, and called on international human rights bodies to take responsibility and expose and act against these violations of prisoners’ rights, saying that there is a need for concerted effort to “bang on the walls of the tank” and expose the struggles of the prisoners’ and their oppression inside the enemy prisons, in particular the orders of occupation authorities prohibiting family visits.

The Front also saluted and urged additional events in solidarity with Arab struggler Comrade Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, held in French prisons for 30 years, to put pressure on French authorities for his release. The struggle to free him is an extension of the struggle against the policy of imprisonment and isolation by the Zionist occupation against our Palestinian and Arab prisoners.

-As part of the October 17-25 days of action to free Ahmad Sa’adat, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah and all Palestinian political prisoners, a protest will take place on Saturday, October 25 in Milan, Italy at the Piazza Cadorna, calling for freedom for Palestinian prisoners.

For more information and updates, follow the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1510834452488357/

October 17-25, 2014: Days of Action
Free Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian political prisoners! 
End the denial of family visits! Freedom for Georges Ibrahim Abdallah!

On September 14, Ahmad Sa’adat, imprisoned Palestinian leader and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was denied family visits for a period of three months by occupation prison authorities. This action comes amid the denial of family visits to hundreds of Palestinian political prisoners at the whim of Israeli occupation officials since June of this year. The denial of family visits is not only intended to isolate Palestinian prisoners from all connections to their families, communities and the world outside prison, but also to collectively punish Palestinian families by denying them access to their imprisoned loved ones.

saadat-2013_Page_140% of Palestinian men in the West Bank and Gaza have been held in occupation prisons. Today, there are over 7000 Palestinians detained in Israeli jails, nearly 2000 of them imprisoned in mass arrests since June. 500 Palestinians are held under administrative detention, without charge or trial, while 1500 Palestinian prisoners are sick and denied adequate medical care – and over 100 of them are critically ill with cancer and other serious disease.

Since June of this year, the Israeli state has escalated its attacks on Palestinian prisoners: in addition to the denial of hundreds of family visits, both by orders banning visits directed at prisoners and ‘security’ exclusion orders directed at family members. Some prisoners have not seen their family members in years. This comes in addition to violent raids on prisoners’ rooms and sections, confiscation of belongings, denial of access to the canteen, and frequent transfers of prisoners from one prison to another.

These attacks are aimed at isolating Palestinian prisoners from the Palestinian people – and from the eyes and the conscience of the world. The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat urges those who stand in solidarity with Palestine around the world to take action to highlight the struggle of Palestinian prisoners for justice and freedom, and demand an end to the practice of denial of family visits during October 17-25.

These days also include October 24, the 30th anniversary of the imprisonment of Arab struggler for Palestine, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, in French prisons. Abdallah, a Lebanese Communist whose trial was ridden with irregularities, has been granted parole on multiple occasions, each time denied at the highest levels of the French government under US and Israeli pressure. Events and actions are being organized in France and elsewhere to demand Abdallah’s release.

On October 17-25, please take action for Ahmad Sa’adat, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, and all of the Palestinian and Arab political prisoners in occupation jails – and under oppression and behind bars around the world.

TAKE ACTION:

1. Hold a protest at Israeli consulates and embassies demanding justice for Palestinian prisoners and an end to the denial of family visits. Find Israeli consulates in your city here.

2. Download and distribute this leaflet on the case of Ahmad Sa’adat and Georges Ibrahim Abdallah.

3. Protest at French embassies and consulates on October 24-25 and demand the release of Georges Ibrahim Abdallah. Find French consulates in your area here.

4. Join an online action demanding an end to the denial of family visits to Palestinian prisoners. Via Samidoun.

5. Email us about your actions for Ahmad Sa’adat, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, and Palestinian prisoners! Contact us at campaign@freeahmadsaadat.org or use the form below.

6. Boycott, Divest and Sanction!  Palestinians have called for an international boycott of Israel until it ends its apartheid policies and violation of Palestinian rights. Boycott products like Hewlett-Packard, Ahava and SodaStream, and demand divestment from companies like G4S, who provide security services to Israeli prisons. Learn more about the campaign at bdsmovement.net.

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famvisitSince June of this year, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have been denied family visits after orders banning them from family visits have been issued arbitrarily by prison authorities.

On September 14, Palestinian Legislative Council member and political leader Ahmad Sa’adat was banned from family visits for three months. But Sa’adat’s case is far from isolated – large numbers of Palestinian prisoners have been segregated on political grounds and denied access to their families. Many other Palestinian prisoners, such as Mona Qa’adan, have been denied family visits for years as their family members are arbitrarily deemed ‘security threats’ and denied visiting permits.

The denial of family visits to imprisoned Palestinians is a form of collective punishment against Palestinian families by denying them access to their loved ones. It should be noted that 40% of Palestinian men in the West Bank and Gaza have been detained or imprisoned in Israeli jails. 7000 Palestinians are currently imprisoned in occupation prisons. As Israeli authorities escalate this policy, it will impact thousands upon thousands of Palestinians – and is already impacting hundreds of families.

This policy is also an attempt to isolate Palestinian prisoners from their families, communities and outside world. Take action to demand an end to the attacks on Palestinian families:

Stop the Denial of Family Visits to Palestinian Prisoners

In an escalating use of this abusive tactic, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have been denied family visits since June. Many more Palestinian prisoners have been denied access to their family on dubious 'security' grounds, some for years. Demand Israeli officials stop this practice of collective punishment of Palestinian families.
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saadatcourt8The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat reported that as of September 14, 2014, Ahmad Sa’adat, imprisoned Palestinian national leader, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, has been denied family visits for a three-month period. This order was given without reasons or justifications, and was presented to Sa’adat, who refused to sign the order. Sa’adat’s refusal to sign the order is part of a long history of his refusal to legitimize or recognize the structures of Israeli oppression, including the military courts who sentenced him to 30 years in prison on political charges.

This escalation in repression against Sa’adat, who has in the past spent over three years in isolation denied any access to his family, comes as part of an ongoing campaign of repression and harassment directed against Palestinian political prisoners since June 2014. Thousands of Palestinians were arrested in this period, raising the number of political prisoners from 5,200 to nearly 7,000 over this period, while hundreds of Palestinians were sentenced to administrative detention without charge or trial, more than doubling the number of people held in administrative detention. A series of politically motivated repressive conditions have been imposed on prisoners, including denial of family visits, frequent transfers from one prison to another, removal of electronic devices, denial of access to the canteen, denial of access to Arabic-language media, and frequent incursions and violent attacks on prisoners’ sections, ransacking rooms and damaging belongings. These attacks were arbitrarily imposed first on prisoners affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and then on prisoners affiliated with the Popular Front.  Hundreds of prisoners are now being denied family visits by occupation prison authorities.

In a statement, the PFLP said that “This is a desperate and futile attempt to break the will and resolve of Palestinian leaders and symbols of the Palestinian national prisoners’ movement, which is a part of the systematic campaign of persecution waged by the prison administration against prisoners throughout the occupation prisons.”

Omnia TV interviewed Khaled Barakat, coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, in Athens, Greece, during the seventh annual Resistance Festival.

In the video interview, Barakat discusses the administrative detainees’ hunger strike, the case of Ahmad Sa’adat, the so-called “peace process” and current Palestinian politics: https://omniatv.com/community/videos/101-filistina/video/1815-interview-khaled-barakat-on-palestinian-political-prisoners-eng-greek-subs?groupid=54

saadattAhmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned Palestinian leader and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued a press statement on May 27, urging “effective action” to save the hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails.

In the statement from Hadarim prison, Sa’adat warned that hunger striking prisoners, now on strike for over 34 days, were at risk of death as they entered the second month of open hunger strike.

He said that the level of action and solidarity with the strike so far “does not live up to the level required in this battle,” calling on each person to support the prisoners’ cause in whatever way possible. “Even if it is not possible to organize collectively, this is an individual responsibility, until the elimination of this racist regime of law used exclusively by the Israeli state,” administrative detention.

The hundreds of striking prisoners are demanding the end of administrative detention, the Israeli policy and practice of arbitrary detention of Palestinians without trial or charge, on secret files, for indefinitely renewable periods. Nearly 200 Palestinians are currently held in administrative detention.

Sa’adat called for all popular and official bodies, and all international human rights organizations to take a stand against the occupation’s violations of Palestinian rights and its international obligations. He noted that the occupation had agreed in 2012 to reduce and curtail its use of administrative detention following a mass prisoners’ hunger strike, but violated the agreement as the use of administrative detention has risen at that time.

“The strike is a critical step taken after the occupation authorities reneged on all of the agreements and conventions on administrative detention. The strikers’ demand is justice and freedom, through the abolition of the racist administrative detention law.”