Saturday, August 1, 2015
Ahmad Sa'adat

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 samidoun@samidoun.net 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 bdsmovement.net.

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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.

Palestinian national political leader and political prisoner, Ahmad Sa’adat, was attacked and injured by Israeli prison guards at Nafha prison early morning Tuesday, 28 July. Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Palestinian left-wing political party, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was among 30 Palestinian political prisoners injured by the violent attack of the guards, who invaded multiple prison cells, forcing Palestinian prisoners out and confiscating and ransacking their belongings.

Palestinian prisoners in Nafha prison resisted, burning items in the prison cells, and Palestinians in multiple prisons declared that they would not be silent in the face of ongoing and violent attacks on Palestinian leaders and fellow prisoners.

The attacks on prisoners in Nafha began on 27 July; family visits for Palestinian prisoners from Gaza were cancelled following the attacks. The PFLP, Sa’adat’s party, issued a statement calling for action after the attack on Sa’adat and other prisoners; a protest will be held tomorrow, 29 July, in Gaza City at 10:00 am.

Take action to demand an end to the attacks on Palestinian prisoners in Nafha and everywhere:

1. Protest at your closest Israeli consulate or embassy and demand an end to the attacks on Palestinian prisoners and freedom for the over 5,500 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails. Email us at samidoun@samidoun.net (and the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat at campaign@freeahmadsaadat.org) about actions in your area.

2. Boycott, Divest and Sanction! Build the campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel and its institutions and corporations – through academic and cultural, economic, sports and other forms of boycott.

The following statement was issued by the Landless Workers Movement (MST) of Brazil, a mass social movement, formed by rural workers and by all those who want to fight for land reform and against injustice and social inequality in rural areas. With an estimated 1.5 million members, the movement has led more than 2,500 land occupations, with about 370,000 families – families that today settled on 7.5 million hectares of land that they won as a result of the occupations. Through their organizing, these families continue to push for schools, credit for agricultural production and cooperatives, and access to health care. The MST statement also focuses on the case of Islam Hamed, a Brazilian Palestinian citizen formerly imprisoned by Israel and today held in Palestinian Authority prisons and engaging in a hunger strike (Facebook page for the Free Islam Hamed campaign):

A Statement from the Brazilian Landless Workers’ Movement (MST)
Free Ahmad Sa’adat, Khalida Jarrar, Islam Hamed and all political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian Authority jails!

São Paulo, June 19th, 2015.

The Landless Rural Workers’ Movement – MST (Brazil), reaffirms its position of solidarity with the Palestinian people and their legitimate organizations in the struggle to free all political prisoners jailed for taking part in the national liberation movement against Israeli occupation. The struggle of the Palestinian People for national independence, sovereignty, self-determination and justice, is, today, internationally recognized as a cause of all the peoples, a cause of all humanity. To struggle against Israeli occupation in Palestine is not only an inalienable right of these heroic people, but also a right of all men and women that in any place on this planet are against this genocidal policy and ethnic cleansing imposed by successive Israeli governments since 1948.

Khalida Jarrar, feminist activist for human rights and Palestinian parliamentarian arrested on April 2nd 2015, is among the 6,000 Palestinian prisoners including 240 children. Many of them are suffering from serious diseases and have no access to any treatment, which, in effect, means being sentenced to death. Some of them are elderly people. There are also around 600 prisoners that go through a period of administrative detention without any legal justification or accusation, except for the use of a British military decree from the times of the British colonization in Palestine 70 years ago.

The case of Islam Hamed

We demand that the Brazilian government takes responsibility and returns this citizen safely to Brazil. The Brazilian-Palestinian Islam Hamed, 30 years old, is on hunger-strike for more than 60 days. He was in an Israeli prison and now he’s in a jail of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, occupied West Bank.

The MST joins the international movement in solidarity with this Palestinian prisoner in struggle for justice and freedom. We demand that the Brazilian government, responsible for the health and security of this Brazilian citizen, intensifies its efforts so that Islam can immediately return safely to Brazil to meet his family that has been waiting for him. The Brazilian government must act to fulfill this humanitarian objective: save the life of a Brazilian citizen unjustly imprisoned abroad.

Dilma’s government made efforts to defend the physical and moral integrity of many Brazilian citizens abroad, in very different situations from the one Islam Hamed finds himself, because this is a man in struggle for justice and for the compliance of UN Resolutions regarding the
Palestinian quest. It is a duty of the government to take on publicly the defence of this just cause.

Free Ahmad Sa’adat, Khalida Jarrar, Islam Hamed and all Palestinian prisoners!

End the Israeli occupation! Free Palestine!

Ahmad Sa’adat, Palestinian leader, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and political prisoner held in Israeli jails, has been transferred to Nafha prison; he has been transferred repeatedly during his imprisonment, the last time to Gilboa prison in early May.

In protest of his transfer, Palestinian prisoners at Gilboa prison rejected their meals for a day. In addition, on 23 June, an Israeli court in Nazareth is considering the petition filed on Sa’adat’s behalf, demanding the exclusion or disclosure of so-called “secret evidence” that has been used to ban Sa’adat from family visits with his wife and children.

Sa’adat announced that he is waiting 45 days for the court’s ruling and disclosure of the secret materials, stating that if this does not happen, Sa’adat will petition the Supreme Court and launch a hunger strike demanding an end to the denial of family visits. Sa’adat has been denied family visits by Israeli military order since 14 September 2014.

Via the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat:

Imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat was transferred from Ramon to Gilboa prison on May 5 as part of a series of transfers aimed at disrupting prison organizing. Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, has been repeatedly transferred during his imprisonment.

Transfers are used to disrupt the social fabric and political organizing among Palestinian prisoners and are also inhumane and abusive in and of themselves; when Palestinian prisoners are transferred, the infamous “bosta” – a metal transport vehicle in which the prisoner is shackled to a metal chair in the back – is used. The bosta is not air conditioned, does not have open windows and reaches extremely high temperatures. It is a particularly dangerous experience for older or ill prisoners.

In addition to Sa’adat, Jamal Abu el-Hija, an imprisoned Hamas leader, was transferred from Eshel to Ramon prison, as was his son Imadeddine. Abu el-Hija and Sa’adat were two of the 19 prominent Palestinians held in solitary confinement for years whose isolation sparked the September 2011 and then the April 2012 Karameh mass hunger strikes, in which Israeli prison officials acceded to the demand to end the use of long-term isolation. Despite their agreement in 2012, the use of solitary confinement and isolation against Palestinian prisoners has been escalating, particularly since 2014.

80 Palestinian prisoners were transfered from Eshel to Nafha prison, with “inspections” given as a pretext, 6 from Megiddo prison to the Negev Prison.

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.