Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners are staging a hunger strike over worsening conditions in Israeli jails. The prisoners demands include an end to the recently imposed ban on academic study, an end to solitary confinement and a resumption of family visits.
Addameer, the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association has issued a statement urging action to support the demands of the prisoners:
On 27 September 2011, Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons announced the start of a campaign of disobedience to protest an escalating series of punitive measures taken against them by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) in recent months. The campaign is composed of several elements, including a hunger strike and refusal to cooperate with a number of IPS rules, such as wearing prison uniforms and participating in multiple daily roll calls.
The Palestinian prisoners have made several key demands, some of which are listed below:
– End the abusive use of isolation;
– End restrictions on university education in the prisons;
– End the denial of books and newspapers;
– End the shackling to and from meetings with lawyers and family members;
– End the excessive use of fines as punishment;
– And ultimately end all forms of collective punishment, including the refusal of family visits, night searches of prisoners’ cells, and the denial of basic health treatment.
In response to these demands, we are calling on all activists and supporters of human rights and justice for the Palestinians to take action in solidarity with the hunger strikers. There are two important ways in which to take action:
– Organize a protest, silent vigil or similar public action outside the Israeli embassy in your country and highlight the demands of the political prisoners. Addameer can send you further information on particular prisoners who are engaged in the hunger strike to support your action.
– Write a letter to the Israeli Prime Minister expressing your concern for the hunger strikers and demanding an end to the arbitrary treatment of Palestinian prisoners.
Please keep Addameer informed of any action you are planning to take and any response given by the Israeli authorities.
You can email the Israeli Prime Minister here to express your concern.
Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel
Edited by Abeer Baker and Anat Matar
Highlights the plights of the thousands of Palestinian prisoners in Israel. Includes contributions from current and former prisoners.
“This is a timely and urgent volume that brings to the fore the systematic injustices endemic to the Israeli emprisonment of Palestinians. The volume not only provides extensive documentation that establishes the particular violence of the legal apparatus as it contains and disciplines arrested Palestinians, but it offers a detailed description of the widespread deviation from accepted standards of justice and procedural law. At stake throughout is the criminalisation of political protest, and this volume offers extensive evidence and analysis to resist this violent use of law.” – Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor, Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
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