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[Derry] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour, Conor Kelly, Abby Olivera)

[Derry] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour, Conor Kelly, Abby Olivera)

    • Sunday
    • 20:00 until 23:30
  • Commemorating Al Nakba: Celebrating PalestineTour in Derryon Sunday May 20thVenue: Sandinos, Water Street, Derry City – Doors 8pm – Entry €5.FOR BOOKING: resistderry@aol.com or tickets available from the venuePlease Like the following page for information about the whole tour plus updates:https://www.facebook.com/alnakbatourirelandA major tour of Palestinian and Arab artists, with some local support, is to take place in Ireland between the 17th and 20th May, featuring cultural concerts in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Derry. Billed as “Commemorating Al Nakba; Celebrating Palestine”, the tour will feature two renowned Palestinians, poet Rafeef Ziadah and singer Terez Sliman. Also joining them will be acclaimed Lebanese-Australian singer-songwriter Phil Mansour. In Derry there will be support from singer-songwriter Conor Kelly and poet Abby Olivera.

    The tour will take place during what Palestinians call Nakba Week, which marks the 64th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) which saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians, forcibly uprooted from their homeland in order to facilitate the foundation of the State of Israel.

    This tour will be both a commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948 and a celebration of the culture, creativity and continued resistance of the Palestinian people today; whether they reside in the 1967 or 1948 occupied territories, in refugee camps, or in the global diaspora.

    We are very excited about this tour and look forward to sharing Palestinian culture with Irish audiences.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    RAFEEF ZIADAH is a Palestinian refugee, poet, trade unionist and human rights activist currently based in London. She received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the ‘Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut performance poetry album Hadeel. Rafeef’s performances of poems like ‘We Teach Life Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online, garnering over a quarter of a million views between them. Rafeef has toured many countries, performing poetry and conducting educational workshops on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Recently, Rafeef was chosen to represent Palestine at the Poetry Parnassus Festival at the South Bank Centre in London.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKucPh9xHtM

    “Rafeef’s poetry demands to be heard. She is powerful, emotional, political. Please read her work and see her perform. You cannot then be indifferent to the Palestinian cause.” – Ken Loach

    TEREZ SLIMAN, a Palestinian citizen of Israel born in Haifa in 1985, is a singer who works in the field of “sound and movement.” She has participated in a variety of musical projects with local and international musicians. She has authored and composed music for two plays as well as recordings for children’s plays. Terez is influenced by many genres, but what makes her sound unique is the mix between traditional Oriental music, world music and Jazz. Her stage presence and incredible voice are completely captivating.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMRbVXDuow

    “Beautiful… Terez keeps alive the music and culture of her ancestors”

    PHIL MONSOUR is an Arab-Australian singer songwriter with a history of producing music that travels beyond the mainstream to explore complex issues of identity, solidarity and politics. He is also a founder of the group ‘Artists Against Apartheid’. Phil’s songs speak with honesty and insight about people’s lives and personal experiences. His latest CD release Ghosts of Deir Yassin was written during a trip to Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Inspired by the courage of ordinary people fighting for freedom and justice from Palestine’s refugee camps, to Egypt’s Tahrir square, through to the Occupy movement, the lyrics are a fearless rally cry for action and solidarity. Phil will be showcasing his unique collection of rock songs and folk ballads, combined to capture both the alarm and optimism of current times.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgJZT2iuy38

    “Phil is passionate… with amp-rattling intensity” – Courier Mail (Australia)

    “Five stars” – Limelight (Australia)

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WITH MANY THANKS TO : Public event · By Kevin Squires

[Belfast] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour)

[Belfast] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour)

    • Saturday
    • 20:00 until 23:30
  • Crescent Arts Centre, University Road, Belfast
  • Commemorating Al Nakba: Celebrating PalestineTour in Belfast on Saturday 19th MayVenue: Crescent Arts Centre, University Road, Belfast – Doors 8pm – Entry £10FOR BOOKING: belfast@ipsc.ie or tickets available from the venuePlease Like the following page for information about the whole tour plus updates:https://www.facebook.com/alnakbatourirelandA major tour of Palestinian and Arab artists, with some local support, is to take place in Ireland between the 17th and 20th May, featuring cultural concerts in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Derry. Billed as “Commemorating Al Nakba; Celebrating Palestine”, the tour will feature two renowned Palestinians, poet Rafeef Ziadah and singer Terez Sliman. Also joining them will be acclaimed Lebanese-Australian singer-songwriter Phil Mansour.

    The tour will take place during what Palestinians call Nakba Week, which marks the 64th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) which saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians, forcibly uprooted from their homeland in order to facilitate the foundation of the State of Israel.

    This tour will be both a commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948 and a celebration of the culture, creativity and continued resistance of the Palestinian people today; whether they reside in the 1967 or 1948 occupied territories, in refugee camps, or in the global diaspora.

    We are very excited about this tour and look forward to sharing Palestinian culture with Irish audiences.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    RAFEEF ZIADAH is a Palestinian refugee, poet, trade unionist and human rights activist currently based in London. She received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the ‘Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut performance poetry album Hadeel. Rafeef’s performances of poems like ‘We Teach Life Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online, garnering over a quarter of a million views between them. Rafeef has toured many countries, performing poetry and conducting educational workshops on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Recently, Rafeef was chosen to represent Palestine at the Poetry Parnassus Festival at the South Bank Centre in London.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKucPh9xHtM

    “Rafeef’s poetry demands to be heard. She is powerful, emotional, political. Please read her work and see her perform. You cannot then be indifferent to the Palestinian cause.” – Ken Loach

    TEREZ SLIMAN, a Palestinian citizen of Israel born in Haifa in 1985, is a singer who works in the field of “sound and movement.” She has participated in a variety of musical projects with local and international musicians. She has authored and composed music for two plays as well as recordings for children’s plays. Terez is influenced by many genres, but what makes her sound unique is the mix between traditional Oriental music, world music and Jazz. Her stage presence and incredible voice are completely captivating.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMRbVXDuow

    “Beautiful… Terez keeps alive the music and culture of her ancestors”

    PHIL MONSOUR is an Arab-Australian singer songwriter with a history of producing music that travels beyond the mainstream to explore complex issues of identity, solidarity and politics. He is also a founder of the group ‘Artists Against Apartheid’. Phil’s songs speak with honesty and insight about people’s lives and personal experiences. His latest CD release Ghosts of Deir Yassin was written during a trip to Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Inspired by the courage of ordinary people fighting for freedom and justice from Palestine’s refugee camps, to Egypt’s Tahrir square, through to the Occupy movement, the lyrics are a fearless rally cry for action and solidarity. Phil will be showcasing his unique collection of rock songs and folk ballads, combined to capture both the alarm and optimism of current times.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgJZT2iuy38

    “Phil is passionate… with amp-rattling intensity” – Courier Mail (Australia)

    “Five stars” – Limelight (Australia)

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POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Public event · By Kevin Squires

[Dublin] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour, Thom Moore, Joe Dunne)

[Dublin] Palestinian music and poetry evening (Rafeef Ziadah, Terez Sliman, Phil Monsour, Thom Moore, Joe Dunne)

    • Today
    • 20:00 until 23:30
  • The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1
  • Commemorating Al Nakba: Celebrating PalestineTour in Dublin on Friday May 18thVenue: The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 – Doors 8pm – Entry €10.FOR BOOKING: alnakbatour@ipsc.iePlease Like the following page for information about the whole tour plus updates:https://www.facebook.com/alnakbatourireland

    A major tour of Palestinian and Arab artists, with some local support, is to take place in Ireland between the 17th and 20th May, featuring cultural concerts in Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Derry. Billed as “Commemorating Al Nakba; Celebrating Palestine”, the tour will feature two renowned Palestinians, poet Rafeef Ziadah and singer Terez Sliman. Also joining them will be acclaimed Lebanese-Australian singer-songwriter Phil Mansour. In Dublin there will be support from singer-songwriters Thom Moore and Joe Dunne.

    The tour will take place during what Palestinians call Nakba Week, which marks the 64th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (‘Catastrophe’) which saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians, forcibly uprooted from their homeland in order to facilitate the foundation of the State of Israel.

    This tour will be both a commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians in 1948 and a celebration of the culture, creativity and continued resistance of the Palestinian people today; whether they reside in the 1967 or 1948 occupied territories, in refugee camps, or in the global diaspora.

    We are very excited about this tour and look forward to sharing Palestinian culture with Irish audiences.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    RAFEEF ZIADAH is a Palestinian refugee, poet, trade unionist and human rights activist currently based in London. She received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the ‘Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut performance poetry album Hadeel. Rafeef’s performances of poems like ‘We Teach Life Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online, garnering over a quarter of a million views between them. Rafeef has toured many countries, performing poetry and conducting educational workshops on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. Recently, Rafeef was chosen to represent Palestine at the Poetry Parnassus Festival at the South Bank Centre in London.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKucPh9xHtM

    “Rafeef’s poetry demands to be heard. She is powerful, emotional, political. Please read her work and see her perform. You cannot then be indifferent to the Palestinian cause.” – Ken Loach

    TEREZ SLIMAN, a Palestinian citizen of Israel born in Haifa in 1985, is a singer who works in the field of “sound and movement.” She has participated in a variety of musical projects with local and international musicians. She has authored and composed music for two plays as well as recordings for children’s plays. Terez is influenced by many genres, but what makes her sound unique is the mix between traditional Oriental music, world music and Jazz. Her stage presence and incredible voice are completely captivating.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMRbVXDuow

    “Beautiful… Terez keeps alive the music and culture of her ancestors”

    PHIL MONSOUR is an Arab-Australian singer songwriter with a history of producing music that travels beyond the mainstream to explore complex issues of identity, solidarity and politics. He is also a founder of the group ‘Artists Against Apartheid’. Phil’s songs speak with honesty and insight about people’s lives and personal experiences. His latest CD release Ghosts of Deir Yassin was written during a trip to Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. Inspired by the courage of ordinary people fighting for freedom and justice from Palestine’s refugee camps, to Egypt’s Tahrir square, through to the Occupy movement, the lyrics are a fearless rally cry for action and solidarity. Phil will be showcasing his unique collection of rock songs and folk ballads, combined to capture both the alarm and optimism of current times.

    Sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgJZT2iuy38

    “Phil is passionate… with amp-rattling intensity” – Courier Mail (Australia)

    “Five stars” – Limelight (Australia)

POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Public event · By Kevin Squires

I LEFT MY HEART IN PALESTINE

Standing at the checkpoint
You were coming home from work
Our eyes met we laughed about how the soldiers talked
… A smile of quiet dignity in that cage of shame
Determination in your eyes I might never see again

I left my heart in Palestine

We were people of no consequence quietly crying on the bus
Staring into the distance as we drove back through the dust
A spirit gently bending in this hope we trust
Nothing on our skin makes them better then us

I left my heart in Palestine

Dark hair falling gently in the soft light of the dust
As the setting sun reflected off the dome of the rock
Crackling like a gunshot a distant call to pray
Someone praising god and saying we’re still here

I left my heart in Palestine

Smiling at the words etched upon the wall
Standing in its shadow dreaming of its fall
Our hopes met like thunder in our arms entwined
Cradling the stories of those we leave behind

I left my heart in Palestine
I left my heart in Palestine

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I LEFT MY HEART IN PALESTINE
 
I LEFT MY HEART IN PALESTINE Standing at the checkpoint You were coming home from work Our eyes met we laughed about how the soldiers talked A smile of quiet dignity in that cage of shame Determination in your eyes I might never see again I left my heart in Palestine We were people of no consequence quietly crying o…n the bus Staring into the distance as we drove back through the dust A spirit gently bending in this hope we trust Nothing on our skin makes them better then us I left my heart in Palestine Dark hair falling gently in the soft light of the dust As the setting sun reflected off the dome of the rock Crackling like a gunshot a distant call to pray Someone praising god and saying we’re still here I left my heart in Palestine Smiling at the words etched upon the wall Standing in its shadow dreaming of its fall Our hopes met like thunder in our arms entwined Cradling the stories of those we leave behind I left my heart in Palestine I left my heart in PalestineSee more
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POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Freedom To You
 
 

Soldiers Kidnap 11 year old Child From His Classroom

A report by the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, revealed that on Monday Israeli soldiers kidnapped an 11 year old Palestinian child while he sat behind his desk at an elementary school in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem.

File - Palestine-Info
File – Palestine-Info

The army claimed that the child had “thrown stones at Israeli military jeeps in the area”.

Haaretz said that the soldiers invaded the school, broke into the classroom and kidnapped the boy. Soldiers also detained the vice principal of the school.

Haaretz said that the child “confessed” after being beaten by the soldiers, and also told the interrogators that the vice principal of the school helped him hide. 

The paper added that the vice principal, Salah Moheisin, was taken prisoner in front of a classroom filled with students, and was placed in a military jeep parked outside the school before he was taken to a police station for interrogation.

According to Haaretz, a student, who was kidnapped by the army a few days before the incident in question took place, told the interrogators that Moheisin helped him and other stone-throwing students hide in his office.

The Israeli police released Moheisin later the same day, and no charges were brought against him — mainly due to the fact that the students who made the confession were under duress during interrogation.

The vice principal told Haaretz that he did not know what the police wanted from him, and that he initially though that “the soldiers invaded the school with the aim of terrifying the students in order to deter them from making trouble”.

He added this is the fourth attack of its kind this year, adding that the soldiers often break into the school, search the classrooms, and even search the bathrooms.

The vice principal further stated that he and other staff members repeatedly tried to prevent the soldiers from breaking into the school, but the soldiers keep returning to invade the educational facility.

The vice principal asked the soldiers, during the latest school invasion, if they knew the description of the child they were looking for but they said that they had no idea about that, and that the only thing they knew was that he was wearing a white shirt. The soldiers rounded up all the students searching for the child. 

Haaretz said that it managed to document several similar incidents when soldiers harassed Palestinian children heading to school or returning home, and that a father told its reporter that his son came back from school terrified, and when he asked him about the reason for his anxiety, the child said that he, and some of his friends, were taken by the army, placed in military or police vehicles, before they were released later on.

WITH MANY THANKS TO : author by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

DON’T BUY THE RACISM OF LACOSTE.

Lacoste is a French fashion company that many recognize by their green crocodile logo. They also sponsor the Lacoste Elysée Prize – an art competition organized by the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour was one of eight nominees who were shortlisted for the prize. However, Lacoste changed its mind about including Sansor’s work in the competition and asked the Museum to remove her as a nominee citing her work as “too pro-Palestinian”.
Sansour’s entry into the competition was entitled Nation Estate which feature images based on Palestine’s admission to UNESCO. In her entry, Sansour imagines the state contained in a single skyscraper, with each floor representing cities including Jerusalem, Ramallah, as well as Sansour’s native Bethlehem.
Within 48 hours of Sansour going public, the Musée de l’Elysée came out in her support announcing that it had decided to suspend its relationship with Lacoste as a sponsor of this prestigious prize for its insistence to exclude Sansour from the competition.
Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy

POSTED ON BEHALF OF : http://www.facebook.com/africa.to.gaza.aid.convoy

THE GLOBAL MARCH TO JERUSALEM FRIDAY 30/03/2012 – THE LAND OF PALESTINE DAY !

A global march to Jerusalem is being planned. On March 30th, The Land of Palestine Day, people from all over the world are planning on converging on Jerusalem and Israeli
embassies to draw attention to the discrimination of Palestiniansin Jerusalem and make a constructive effort to end the occupation through peaceful means.East Jerusalem is my family’s ancestral homeand I have many cousins who still live there today.I wish I could go to this! FREE PALESTINE!
~ Nader Jalajel
 — with Gabriel Nikolovski and Joe Sugrue.

Charge or Release? Israeli military courts as an enforcement mechanism of occupation

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Graphic for Palestinian Political Prisoners’
Day, 17 April 2012

Khader Adnan’s 66 days of hunger strike under administrative detention, without charge or trial, sparked global discussion, outrage, and movement – perhaps the largest ever seen in the long history of the Palestinian prisoners‘ struggle – as Adnan’s courage, steadfastness and strength inspired solidarity the world over. During that time, it was on many occasions expressed that Khader Adnan should be charged, or released. Administrative detention is a particularly appalling mechanism of political detention – based on secret evidence, with no cognizable charges and no opportunity to confront said ‘evidence’ – used arbitrarily by Israel to hold Palestinian organizers for six-month renewable periods.

The abolition of administrative detention (a call which has been taken up by Amnesty International) is a long-term demand of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement – and Israel’s use of this system violates international law. However, it must be noted that “being charged” in the Israeli military courts, the justice system that governs Palestinians in the occupied West Bank of Palestine, is in no way a solution for Palestinian political prisoners. Any trial provided to a Palestinian political prisoner under such a system is fundamentally unjust and a mechanism of perpetuation of occupation. The military courts are not an alternative to administrative detention; instead, administrative detention is one piece of the structure of mass imprisonment and military rule constructed by the occupation. Given the prominence of the “charge or release” conversation in Khader Adnan’s case, it is important to explore what being “charged” in Israel’s military courts means for Palestinians under occupation and apartheid.

Out of 4,489 Palestinian political prisoners currently held in Israeli jails, 309, including Khader Adnan, are held under administrative detention. Imprisonment is a fact of life for Palestinians;over 40% of Palestinian men in the West Bank have spent time in Israeli detention or prisons. There are no Palestinian families that have not been touched by the scourge of mass imprisonment as a mechanism of suppression.

Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails come from the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, and Israel. All – including the Palestinians of ’48, who hold Israeli citizenship – face deeply unjust structures throughout the process of arrest, charge, trial and sentencing. Far from being an objective, neutral or beneficient system for Palestinians, the Israeli court system is part and parcel of the mechanism of occupation, bolstering and serving as a direct arm of military/state power in enforcing occupation control over Palestinian lives and land.

Over 2,500 military orders govern the West Bank. The “Order Regarding Security Provisions [Consolidated Version] (Judea and Samaria)” grants the Israeli military “the authority to arrest and prosecute Palestinians from the West Bank for so-called ‘security’ offenses,” notes Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Another military order, issued in August 1967 and still in place today, criminalizes organizing protests, assemblies or vigils, waving flags and political symbols, and printing political material, and “also deems any acts of influencing public opinion as prohibited ‘political incitement’, and under the heading of ‘support to a hostile organization,’ prohibits any activity that demonstrates sympathy for an organization deemed illegal under military orders.”

The Israeli military retains for itself the right to declare any Palestinian organization ‘illegal’ and thus prosecute membership or association with that organization. Most Palestinian political parties, including Islamic Jihad (which is one of the four largest political parties in Palestine), as well as countless labour unions, student groups, women’s organizations, and other sectoral groups, fall squarely into the category of ‘illegal organizations’ and a large number of Palestinian political prisoners who have been “charged and tried,” are serving sentences for ‘membership in an illegal organization,’ ‘support for a hostile organization’ and similar charges.

In the Israeli military courts, the charge of ‘membership in an illegal organization’ carries no maximum sentence, although “a military court decision instead set… a precedent that the minimum penalty is 24 months’ imprisonment. In fact some Palestinians, such as Ahmad Sa’adat, have been sentenced to as much as 30 years’ imprisonment on such charges. Under Israeli criminal law, the maximum penalty is one year…”

Palestinians facing military courts are often confronted with secret evidence; can be denied access to lawyers for up to 90 days; can be held for up to 2 years “until the end of legal proceedings;” and confront vague and non-specific charge sheets. It should be noted that settlers in the West Bank do not face this system of military courts; they, instead are directed into the Israeli criminal justice system, with much higher protections for the accused and much lower sentencing ranges. Addameer notes one particularly egregious example of this disparity: “On 21 January 2011, Israeli settler Nahum Korman who beat an 11-year-old Palestinian child, Helmi Shusha, to death, was sentenced to 6 months of community service. On the same day, Suad Ghazal, a 15-year-old Palestinian girl accused of attempting to stab an Israeli settler was sentenced to 6 and a half years in prison.”

Israeli military trial judges are active members of the Israeli military; many are former military-court prosecutors, and not all military judges are required to hold completed legal training.

It must be noted that the net effect of “trying” a Palestinian for membership in Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas, or for that matter, Fateh, all of which remain illegal organizations under the arbitrary Israeli military orders governing the West Bank, is to place that person in prison for a minimum of two years for membership in a political party. Rather than encouraging such a structure as an alternative to administrative detention, it is incumbent upon those of us who would stand in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners to recognize that administrative detention is one piece of an entire system that exists in order to buttress occupation and undermine Palestinian existence, resistance, and organization. In order to build solidarity, we must refuse to accept as normal or legitimate the criminalization of Palestinian resistance and politics by the Israeli occupation.

Palestinians from Jerusalem, in particular those from East Jerusalem occupied in 1967, face a dual system of law, usually being held for interrogation under the military system before transfer to the Israeli civil system for trial, but under the category of ‘security prisoner.’ Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, prior to 2005, were subject to the same military orders as prevail in the West Bank. Following the 2005 “disengagement,” Palestinians from Gaza abducted by the Israeli military are now held as ‘unlawful combatants,’ and subject to an administrative detention scheme with no six-month limits.  Palestinian political prisoners who are citizens of Israel are charged as ‘security’ offenders in the Israeli civil system, depriving them of rights afforded to criminal defendants. ‘Security offenders’ may be held for 60 days without being charged and denied access to a lawyer for three weeks. They are subject to the same interrogators from the Israeli Security Agency as are prisoners from the West Bank and Gaza – and thus the same tactics of abuse and inhumane treatment amounting to torture.

The Israeli court systems – certainly the military system, but also the civil ‘security’ system – are no solution for Palestinian prisoners. Instead, those systems are mandated to enforce the rule (and the illegitimate “law”) of occupation and apartheid. 

Khader Adnan is the latest in a long line of heroes and heroines of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement. Over the years, many of them have used the hunger strike – Adnan the longest – as a powerful weapon of dissent and resistance, placing their bodies on the line to confront the occupation within its own prisons. Most recently, in October 2011, hundreds of prisoners engaged in ahunger strike for over twenty days demanding the end of isolation and solitary confinement. Many of those prisoners have been held under administrative detention; many thousands more through the ‘trials’ and ‘convictions’ of the Israeli security regime. All of those prisoners need continuing support and solidarity, and the growth of such solidarity is one way in which Khader Adnan’s hunger strike, and his courage, will continue to challenge and confront the occupation.

An international coalition of prisoners’ rights and Palestine solidarity organizations have called for global mobilization for April 17, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day (and what will be the day of Adnan’s release.) Such a global mobilization is also an opportunity to link the struggle of Palestinian prisoners in mutual solidarity with political prisoners elsewhere, from Leonard Peltier to Ricardo Palmera to countless others in the jails of the U.S., Canada, and the world.  This includes Palestinian political prisoners in international jails; the 65th day of Khader Adnan’s hunger strike was also the 9th anniversary of Dr. Sami al-Arian’s arrest. Al-Arian remains under house arrest in Virginia today, years after he was acquitted on the majority of charges – and convicted of nothing – by a jury, because he refuses to be forced into becoming an informant on the Palestinian community.

 

POSTED ON BEHALF OF : by on February 23, 2012

 

The call to action for April 17 states:

“We must not allow Khader’s struggle to pass, like so many before his, as one more brave stand crushed by the armed might of the Israeli apartheid regime, unremarkable and inconsequential. Rather let this historic moment mark the beginning of a revitalized global movement for Palestinian prisoners, their rights, their families, and their struggle. Together, we can make it so.”

HUNGRY FOR FREEDOM STARVING FOR JUSTICE FREE KHADER !

 

Palestinian political prisoner Khader Adnan near death on his fiftieth day on hunger strike.

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 Geraldine McNamara PRO of Republican Sinn Fein has called on the International community to protest by every means possible to the Israeli administration in order to highlight the plight of political prisoner Khader Adnan and his fellow detainees.

Khader Adnan has reached the 50th day of his hunger strike against prison conditions in Ofer Jail Israel. This includes five days of refusing liquids as well; Israeli prison officers have started force-feeding him liquids to keep him alive.

 In solidarity, dozens of youth activists in Gaza have announced that they are joining Adnan in his hunger strike.

Adnan is one of nearly three hundred Palestinian people being interned without trial in Israeli jails in what the Israeli’s call ‘administrative detention’.

This type of detention is in violation of the Geneva Convention which bans detention without charge.

The Israeli’s are not the first to use this type of internment without trial Geraldine said.

 We have seen it in the occupied six counties when Brian Faulkner signed it into law in 1972.

It was also used in 1916-22 and during the 40’s and fifties campaigns.

Recently we have seen it in Guantanamo bay and it is also during this detention when prisoners are continually tortured to force confessions out of them. The truth does not matter as long as the oppressor has their way.

The Palestinian people have long been campaigning to have their state recognised by the United Nations but at present they are being annihilated in their native land.  

. The United Nations has been working on and involved in the question of a Palestinian state since 1947, over 60 years later that statehood has not been granted to the people of Palestine and they are still oppressed and treated like refugees in their own homeland in 2011.

The British government’s “Balfour Declaration” in 1917 expressing support for a national homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine led to the start of mass immigration of mainly eastern European Jews and continues to the present day.

No consideration was given to the native peoples and the Palestinian people rebelled in 1937 and continue to fight for recognition to their right to have independence and statehood.

Resolution 181 of the united nations in 1947 proposed two independent states in Palestine one Jewish and one Palestine Arab. Again no one asked the native people for their consent.

In 1948 Israel declared itself as an independent state   and continued to expand into Palestine.

Since then the Palestinian people have been fighting for justice and their right to freedom in their own homeland.

Khader Adnan will die unless there is an immediate inquiry into the illegality of his detention without charges, and the cruel treatment he received at the hands of the Israeli prison guards.

One of the leaders of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Saleh Nasser, called for an investigation of Israeli detention practices by the International Court of Justice, and voiced support for what he called Adnan’s “heroic battle against the Israeli occupation’s inhumane and racist policies.”

Geraldine said that the international community has been very vocal in favour of the so called Arab spring but has laryngitis when it comes to the plight of the Palestinians who are treated like stateless people in their own homeland.

POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Geraldine McNamara PRO, Republican Sinn Fein.

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