June 11, 2009
Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, has entered the second week of his hunger strike to protest the policy of isolation and solitary confinement practiced by the Israeli prison administration against Palestinian prisoners.
This is an urgent situation and requires broad solidarity and public support for the Palestinian prisoners within the jails of the occupier and in solidarity with Ahmad Sa’adat. Palestinian prisoners are suffering, subject to isolation and constant movement from prison to prison in an attempt to undermine the prisoners’ strength, solidarity and steadfastness. They are denied family visits and prisoner leaders are particularly subject to the policy of isolation. The escalation of Israeli attacks on prisoners’ rights — secured through many years of struggle — took place immediately following the war crimes and assault on Gaza and has continued since.
Ahmad Sa’adat’s own isolation — since March — was recently extended. Entering the second week of hunger strike, his health is at risk in order to shed light on the suffering of Palestinian prisoners and in rejection of these policies aimed at Palestinian prisoners and their steadfast commitment to the struggle to free Palestine, despite the torture, inhumanity and abuse of the prison administration.
Now is the time for Palestinian, Arab and international action and unity in support of Palestinian prisoners, who stand every day behind bars and on the front lines of struggle to liberate Palestine.
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat is calling for letters and statements in support of the freedom of Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners from parties, groups and organizations around the world. It is critical that the broadest campaign of voices in solidarity with Ahmad Sa’adat be lifted up now!
Take action in your country or city. Contact your local Israeli embassy and express your outrage at this policy of isolation: <www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/About+the+Ministry/Diplomatic+missions/
Also, contact the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as this body is responsible for monitoring and visiting Palestinian prisoners. Call upon the ICRC to end its silence about Palestinian prisoners and to take action to defend their rights. Contact the Jerusalem office of the ICRC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send your statements and letters to email@example.com. The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat will publish and distribute these letters and statements. Act now for freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners!