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Mobilize for Palestinian Prisoners, our Symbol and Hope for Liberation!

 
Palestinian political prisoners have always been on the front lines of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and liberation. On September 6, 2021, six Palestinian captives managed to pull off the “Great Escape” from the notorious, high-security Gilboa Prison via an underground tunnel, liberating themselves and embodying and symbolizing hope and freedom for all Palestinians. 
 
On Friday and Saturday, four of the freed prisoners – Mahmoud Ardah, Yaqoub Qadri, Mohammed Ardah and Zakaria Zubaidi – were captured by Israeli occupation forces, while the other two remain free. It is urgent that we mobilize to defend Palestinian prisoners and protect our heroes, Mahmoud, Yaqoub, Mohammed and Zakaria, from the torture of the Israeli colonial regime.
 
Join us in taking action to contact your member of Congress and demand accountability and U.S. sanctions on Israel, including signing on to H.R. 2590, the Palestinian Families and Children Act! Read below for more actions you can take to support Palestinian prisoners struggling for freedom. 
 
Since this heroic act of self-liberation, the Israeli prison authorities have engaged in mass torture and abuse of Palestinian prisoners and detainees: shackling them, unleashing police dogs and forcibly transferring at least 350 prisoners to maximum-security desert prisons and other unknown locations. Reports that have followed indicate occupation forces have since been engaged in punitive, retaliatory, and arbitrary measures against the over 4,700 Palestinian political prisoners. They have also arrested at least six relatives of the liberated six prisoners. These large-scale attacks by Israeli occupation authorities constitute collective punishment, which is a war crime prohibited under the Fourth Geneva Convention. 
 
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association sent a letter to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), calling on them to monior & safeguard the rights of all Palestinian prisoners. 
 
As Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network has noted, these policies have led to an uprising inside prisons. The prisoners’ movement leadership has affirmed “that any section that is invaded to transfer detainees will be met with fire.” Throughout villages and cities across occupied Palestine, people are taking to the streets to stand with the liberated prisoners and those behind the walls. 
 
At the same time, six Palestinian prisoners continue their ongoing hunger strikes, some for almost two months – Kayed al-Fasfous (for 59 days), Miqdad Qawasmeh (52 days), Alaa al-Araj (34 days), Hisham Abu Hawash (26 days), Raik Sadeq Bisharat (21 days) and Shadi Abu Aker (18 days). They are demanding their freedom from administrative detention, indefinite Israeli imprisonment without charge or trial.
 
Palestinian prisoners like Eyad Hreibat, suffering severely after years of medical neglect and mistreatment, and Israa Jaabis, seriously injured and denied the surgery and therapy she needs, continue to struggle for their most basic rights. Their cases are urgent and their lives are at risk, and Palestinians and people around the world are engaging in widespread social media efforts for their liberation. 
 
Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, joins with the calls from Palestine and around the world for all people of conscience to stand with the Palestinian prisoners movement and demand justice and liberation for Palestine, from the river to the sea.
 
We demand an end to administrative detention, an end to the medical neglect and mistreatment of Palestinians like Eyad Hreibat and Israa Jaabis, justice and liberation for all Palestinian prisoners. We must make it clear that the eyes of the world are on the prisoners of Palestine, especially Mahmoud al-Ardah, Yaqoub Qadri, Mohammed al-Ardah and Zakaria Zubaidi, and that we will not sit by in silence while our heroes and liberators are subjected to torture. 
 
The liberated Palestinians of Gilboa prison represent the hope for Palestinians and those world wide struggling for freedom and liberation, and prove that even the world’s leading detention and surveillance technology as well as 73 years of colonization are no match for the human spirit and will to be free. The re-arrest of four of the liberated prisoners has done nothing to dispel their powerful message that Zionist military technology is no match for the Palestinian love for freedom and justice. Instead, it compels us even more to organize for liberation. 
 
Join Al-Awda in demanding: The US Government Sanction Israel!
 
The racist, settler colonial state of Israel and its war crimes against the Palestinian people are enabled and backed extensively by the over $3.8 billion each year given to Israel by the United States — targeted directly to support the Israeli occupation military killing children, women, men and elders throughout occupied Palestine. Meanwhile, they also purchase billions of dollars in weaponry from the Israeli state. Call your Members of Congress and demand they sanction Israel now, cut off all aid, and stop buying and selling weapons! 
 
As a first step, if your rep has not already signed on to HR 2950, The Palestinian Families and Children Act, urge them to, and protect some of the most vulnerable Palestinians. Get your representative’s contact information here and call them to pass on this message: https://secure.everyaction.com/p/eyChiMTsIkW5RprMqdjylQ2
 
 
Join the Social Media Campaign! 
 
There are many important social media campaigns to uphold the rights of Palestinian prisoners. These campaigns are drawing thousands around the world to join in the struggle for prisoners’ freedom. Take action to highlight the cases of Eyad Hreibat and Israa Jaabis and demand their freedom as well as the medical care they urgently need. Please share photos and stories of Eyad and Israa with the hashtags: #SaveIsraa and #SaveEyad.
 
The hunger strikers also need your support on social media! Post about their ongoing strike with these hashtags and demand their immediate release:
 
#EndAdministrativeDetention #Jenin6 #TheGreatEscape #SaveIsraa #FreeMiqdad #FreeKayed #SaveEyad #FreeThemAll #FreePalestine 
 
Demonstrations, rallies and street actions – including actions to boycott Israel!
 
Call a protest action or educational event to free Palestinian prisoners, support the Palestinian struggle for liberation, stand with the Palestinian resistance and boycott Israel and its complicit corporations. Join the many protests taking place around the world — confront, isolate and besiege the Israeli embassy or consulate in your city or country of residence. Make it clear that the people are with Palestine and the liberated prisoners! There are actions happening around the world, including a New York City protest on Sunday, 12 September at 4:30 pm at Washington Square Park in defense of the prisoners. Join here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/179710347568611/
 
Creative Actions
 
Creative actions are a wonderful way to spread the word and highlight the struggle of the Palestinian prisoners. The banner hung by Samidoun España in Madrid at the University metro station highlighted the struggle of Palestinian students, while the campaign to symbolically rename streets after Georges Abdallah internationally commemorated his birthday and amplified the demand for his liberation. These actions only require one, two or a few people. 
 
Get In Touch! Contact us via email at info@al-awda.org to let us know if your organization would like to endorse, or about your actions to support Palestinian prisoners. 
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. FREE PALESTINIAN

As you read this message right now, about 1,500 Palestinian people in the al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan, Jerusalem are fighting to stay in their native homeland, resisting Israeli bulldozers coming to destroy their homes and forcing them out to make room for settlers.  For some families, those bulldozers could arrive as soon as today.

Their resistance is part of a global uprising for justice for Palestinians and all oppressed people fighting against exploitation, racism, and repression across the world. 

Today we’re showing up on the phones and in the streets in solidarity, alongside thousands of allies for a Week of Action to stop Israel’s ethnic cleansing. We demand that Democratic leadership quit giving Israel the green light to continue ethnic cleansing in Silwan, Jerusalem and all of Palestine. SF Bay Area, join us for a demonstration in front of the SF Federal Building this Thursday, July 1. 

Please stop what you’re doing and call Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Insist they demand that the Israeli government IMMEDIATELY halt these scheduled expulsions in Silwan.

Flood their phones!

Events Of The Recent Past

As you read this message right now, about 1,500 Palestinian people in the al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan, Jerusalem are fighting to stay in their native homeland, resisting Israeli bulldozers coming to destroy their homes and forcing them out to make room for settlers.  For some families, those bulldozers could arrive as soon as today.

Their resistance is part of a global uprising for justice for Palestinians and all oppressed people fighting against exploitation, racism, and repression across the world. 

Today we’re showing up on the phones and in the streets in solidarity, alongside thousands of allies for a Week of Action to stop Israel’s ethnic cleansing. We demand that Democratic leadership quit giving Israel the green light to continue ethnic cleansing in Silwan, Jerusalem and all of Palestine. SF Bay Area, join us for a demonstration in front of the SF Federal Building this Thursday, July 1. 

Please stop what you’re doing and call Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Insist they demand that the Israeli government IMMEDIATELY halt these scheduled expulsions in Silwan.

Flood their phones!

VICTORY: ZIM Ship forced out of Oakland!

Oakland and the broader Bay Area have once again achieved a historic Boycott, Divest and Sanctions Movement (BDS) victory for Palestine.

For a full day on Friday, June 4, 2021, after weeks of organizing, community members mobilized by the thousands to the Port of Oakland to block the Israeli ZIM-operated Volans cargo ship from unloading its cargo. In a tremendous show of solidarity with Palestine, dock workers in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 honored the 6 simultaneous community pickets during both the morning and evening shifts, and did not work the ship. In a dramatic move as community members watched, the Israeli apartheid-profiteering ship—knowing that it could break neither our blockade nor the workers’ demonstration of solidarity—left the port of Oakland!

Elias Al-Jelda, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU) in Gaza, stated: 

“It warms our hearts in the besieged occupied Gaza Strip and the rest of occupied Palestine that our comrades led by AROC, and with the solidarity of our fellow workers in ILWU Local 10, achieved this great #BlockTheBoat victory against ZIM in Oakland.  We call upon all dockworkers worldwide to intensify the boycott campaign against ZIM ships and all business profiting from apartheid Israel, in solidarity with our people’s struggle for freedom and justice in Palestine.”

The significance of this victory cannot be overstated. The #BlockTheBoat campaign has now successfully prevented ZIM, Israel’s largest shipping company, from unloading cargo in the Bay Area for seven years and countingWe have made it clear that there is consensus across social justice movements:  Entities that do business with, profit from, or are connected to Israeli apartheid are not welcome and will be boycotted!

“An injury to one is an injury to all. Just as ILWU Local 10 workers refused to unload cargo from apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, we honored community pickets asking us not to unload cargo from Israeli ZIM vessels,” said Jimmy Salamy, a Palestinian rank-and-file worker with ILWU Local 10. “Just last month, dockworkers in Durban, South Africa, and Italy also refused to unload Israeli ZIM vessels. Rank-and-file members of ILWU Local 10 stand against Israeli apartheid and with our brothers and sisters in Palestine.”

#BlockTheBoat is a concrete example of what powerful worker and international solidarity looks like. We responded to the call directly from Palestinian trade unions in Gaza asking workers across the world to refuse to handle Israeli goods, deal with Israeli businesses, or handle Israeli cargo. As a result of our movement and relationship building of #BlockTheBoat, port workers in Oakland to heed the call from Palestine! AROC’s International Week of Action now includes support from over 100 organizations, including the largest South African Federation of Trade Unions, COSATU, and actions in Vancouver, New York/New Jersey, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Seattle/Tacoma. 

The last few months of Palestinian resistance and global solidarity have ruptured Zionist hegemony and its ability to normalize Israel’s settler-colonial violence in Palestine, its partnership with US imperialism, and its role in global militarism. Our #BlockTheBoat victory offers an alternative narrative—one of internationalism, worker solidarity, community organizing, and victory!

“Workers’ struggle is worldwide…when the workers of the world figure that out, and realize that we have to band together to make change, then it’ll be a better world, including for the Palestinian people. Worker power, economic power, is real power—it’s more powerful than those bombs Israel is dropping.” – ILWU Local 10 President Trent Willis, Friday, June 4, 2021

Long live international solidarity!

For the past 12 days, the #BlockTheBoat protest has kept a cargo ship operated by ZIM – apartheid Israel’s largest and oldest shipping company – from docking at the Port of Oakland. We are winning! Our people power is working, and sending a clear message that Israel’s ongoing settler-colonialism, occupation, and violence against the Palestinian people will come with a heavy price. Every hour that ZIM cargo ships remain undocked and unloaded is a huge victory, as it means that the apartheid state of Israel is losing enormous amounts of money.

We are now calling on communities all over the world to organize solidarity actions with Oakland, and hold a community picket to block a ZIM-operated ship at your port during this week of action against the apartheid-profiteering ZIM shipping line!

Take action to stand in solidarity with our victorious #BlockTheBoat effort in Oakland, and amplify the impacts against the Israeli ZIM company everywhere. Build solidarity with port workers, and encourage them to heed the call from labor unions in Gaza asking workers everywhere not to handle Israeli cargo or engage with Israeli businesses.Together, let’s demonstrate that we will no longer watch as the U.S. continues its business as usual to enable Israeli apartheid. Let’s make clear that ZIM’s apartheid-profiteering will not be welcome by the international community.

Just as the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement helped turned the tide and bring down apartheid in South Africa, so too will our international solidarity and actions today help Palestinians bring about a free Palestine, from the river to the sea.

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