Edition 2: No. 16
Today is prisoners’ day in Palestine. Everyone from the Galilee to the Negev and from Jericho to Rafah remembers the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of political prisoners held over the years and stands in solidarity with the thousands still held. It is a special prisoners’ day because many of Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike today and because many are joined by hunger strike of visitors who are imprisoned simply because they declared they wanted to visit them in the large prison in the West Bank. Nearly fifty prisoners, most of them from France are in Givon Prison
and are joining the hunger strike in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners and also to demand they be allowed to visit Palestinians in Bethlehem as part of the ‘Welcome to Palestine’Campaign.
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have staged rallies in all the main towns and cities to highlight the 4,700 prisoners being held by Israel. Approximately 1,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails began a hunger strike Tuesday, joining 10 others already engaged in the action, to protest their conditions.
Palestinian Prisoners’ Day is a global day of action for Palestinian prisoners. Events will take place around the world in support of Palestinian prisoners.
What you can do?
- Demand the immediate release of all Palestinian prisoners held by Israel in a letter to the Israeli Embassy in your country. They have all been targeted by an unfair and unequal legal system.Their imprisonment reflects Israel’s inherent system of injustice and racism. In addition, ask that Israel immediately halt its practices of administrative detention, torture and ill-treatment of detainees, solitary confinement and isolation, the use of military courts in the occupied Palestinian territory that illegally try civilians and undermining a fair trial by using secret evidence against the accused, and by arresting vulnerable groups, such as children, disabled, elderly and ill people.
- 2. You could also write to the International Committee of the Red Cross to demand it fulfil its responsibilities to protect the rights of Palestinian political prisoners.
3. Watch and display the video testimony of former Palestinian prisoner, Dr. Abdul-Aziz Omar. This video is available in three lengths – 6 minutes, 15 minutes, and 40 minutes. Stream the videos here!
To act in our own little way by doing any of the above actions is not just a choice before us. It is an obligation that will demonstrate our commitment to ending the occupation and working for justice in the here and now.