January 13-15, 2017 marks the 15th anniversary of the seizure of Palestinian political leader, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmad Sa'adat, by the Palestinian Authority under the policy of "security cooperation" at the behest of Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom. Today, after a 2006 attack on the Jericho prison by Israeli occupation forces, Sa'adat is serving a 30-year sentence in occupation prisons, convicted in a military court of leading a prohibited organization and incitement.
Ahmad Sa'adat is a leader of the Palestinian prisoners' movement and a leader of the Palestinian national liberation movement, held behind bars with 7,000 fellow leaders of the Palestinian people. There are thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, on the front line of the struggle for freedom. In the past year, over 6,000 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli occupation forces. These Palestinian political prisoners are the leaders of resistance to occupation, targeted for their role in refusing racism, colonialism, apartheid and occupation.
The imprisonment of Ahmad Sa'adat and his fellow Palestinian political prisoners is aided and assisted by the complicity of international states and major corporations. The United States and United Kingdom guarded Sa'adat in a Palestinian Authority prison and cleared the way for an Israeli attack, ensuring Sa'adat and his comrades came under fire. And the political, military and economic support these and other states, including the European Union and Canada, provide to the Israeli occupation allows the continued imprisonment and extrajudicial execution of Palestinians with impunity. Further, corporations like Hewlett Packard (HP) profit from the imprisonment of Palestinians by selling their services to the Israeli Prison Service.
On January 13-15, 2017, we join in the collective call for international action for the freedom of Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian political prisoners. We demand an end to the internationally-mandated policy of Palestinian Authority "security coordination" that undermines the Palestinian struggle for freedom. And we urge the escalation of the campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against the Israeli state and complicit institutions and corporations, including HP, to create, as Sa'adat said, "a real economic cost for the industries of colonization."
We echo the call to organize events, actions and protests in cities, town squares, campuses and public spaces to break the isolation of the prisoners, and demand freedom now for Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian political prisoners.
Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adatSamidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity NetworkHandala Center for Prisoners and Ex-PrisonersPalestinian Prisoners’ CommitteeCoup Pour Coup 31International Red Aid / Secours Rouge InternationalCollectif pour la Libération de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah – Paris32CSM International DepartmentACAT FranceAl-Awda: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (National)Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return CoalitionAlternative Information CenterANPI Torre del GrecoAsociacion BiladiAssociation for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR)Association Switzerland PalestineBACBI (Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott)Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within (Israeli citizens for BDS)Canada Palestine Association-VancouverCátedra de Estudios Palestinos "Edward W. Said" - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras- UBACommunist Party (Sweden)Corvallis Palestine SolidarityDe-ColonizerDemokratische Komitees Palästinas - BerlinéirígíExeter PSCFilipino Refugees in the NetherlandsFreedom ArchivesFreedom Road Socialist OrganizationFronte PalestinaGlobal Campaign for Palestinian Political Prisoners (GCPPP)Groupe Non-Violent Louis LecoinHilton Head for PeaceILPS in Canada (Country Chapter)International Action CenterInternational Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-JamalInternationalt Forum - Middle East GroupInvicta PalestinaIzquierda UnidaJewish Voice for Peace, San DiegoJustice for Palestine MattersLe Cri RougeMouvement Citoyen PalestineNational Jericho MovementNational Students for a Democratic SocietyNYC Students for Justice in PalestinePalestina RossaPakistan USA Freedom ForumPartido Comunista de EspañaPlate-forme Charleroi-PalestineRed Sparks UnionRevolutionary Communist GroupSolidarity with Novorossiya & Antifascists in UkraineThe New Jewel MovementUnadikum AssociationUnion juive française pour la paix (UJFP)Unione Democratica Arabo Palestina (UDAP) - ItalyUnited National Antiwar CoalitionVlaams Socialistische Beweging
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