INTERNATIONAL DAYS OF ACTION – OCT 5-15, 2010
Imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat will be returning to court in
mid-October 2010 challenging his isolation and the isolation of Palestinian
political prisoners in Israeli prisons. Write letters today and take action
from October 5-15, 2010 in support of Palestinian prisoners’ struggle for
freedom – demand an end to isolation!
Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, has been held in isolation in a series of prisons
since March 16, 2009, with his isolation renewed again and again by
occupation courts. He has been transferred from prison to prison, and is
currently held in the isolation section of Ramon prison in the Naqab
desert. Within these isolation units, Sa’adat has been placed further
inside a separate isolation unit where he is confined without access even
to the other prisoners in isolation, and deprived of basic human rights.
His personal books have been confiscated and he is allowed access to
newspapers only once or twice weekly. He is denied access to English and
Arabic language newspapers and allowed only Hebrew-language media.
He has been repeatedly denied family visits – his wife, Abla, has been
allowed only two visits during his entire period in isolation – as well as
legal visits, and barred from purchases at the prison canteen, including
cigarette purchases. In the prison yard, Sa’adat has been held handcuffed
and in ankle shackles and allowed only one-hour of exercise/recreation. The
Prison Administration is attempting to criminalize the human and social
relationship between fellow Palestinian prisoners, and between the
prisoners and their families outside.
Sa’adat has led in the struggle against isolation, engaging in a nine-day
hunger strike in 2009 in protest of isolation. Isolation is damaging and
destructive to the mental and physical health of Palestinian prisoners, and
is being used as a political weapon in order to punish and isolate
Palestinian prisoner leaders. Some prisoners have been subject to isolation
for years at a time, with severe effects. Take action now to fight
isolation and demand the freedom of Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian
TAKE ACTION TODAY!
1. The Campaign in Solidarity with Ahmad Sa’adat in Palestine is calling
upon all supporters to write letters to the Israeli Prison Service and
demand they end the practice of isolation, end human rights violations,
and free Palestinian prisoners. Send an email to the Bureau of the
Minister of Public Security at firstname.lastname@example.org and to the Public Complaints
Department at email@example.com, and copy the following:
Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Office of the Prime Minister, 3,
Kaplan Street, PO Box 187, Kiryat Ben-Gurion, Jerusalem, Israel, Fax: +972-
2-651 2631, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Menachem Mazuz, Attorney General, Fax: + 972 2 627 4481; + 972 2 628
5438; +972 2 530 3367
Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit, Military Judge Advocate General, 6
David Elazar Street, Hakirya, Tel Aviv, Israel, Fax: +972 3 608 0366, +972
3 569 4526, Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations Office and Specialized
Institutions in Geneva, Avenue de la Paix 1-3, 1202 Geneva, Fax: +41 22 716
05 55, Email: email@example.com
You may use our online form at: www.freeahmadsaadat.org/action3.html
2. Write a letter to Ahmad Sa’adat. Letters of support are important and
demonstrate solidarity with Ahmad Sa’adat and Palestinian prisoners – let
him know that the world is demanding his freedom. Email the Campaign to
Free Ahmad Sa’adat at firstname.lastname@example.org with your letters, or use our
contact form at: http://freeahmadsaadat.org/contact.html. We will send all
letters received to Palestine. We also encourage you to write to him
directly using this address: Ahmad Sa’adat, Ramon Prison, Ramon area, PO Box
699, Postal Code 80600, Israel. JOIN THE WEEK OF ACTION, OCTOBER 5-15, 2010!
1. October 5-15, 2010 will be international days of action in support of
Ahmad Sa’adat and Palestinian prisoners and against isolation
<http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/october.html> . Join us! Hold an event,
protest or action in your city. Email the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat at
email@example.com to be added to the global list of actions.
2. Distribute the Free Ahmad Sa’adat flyer:
http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/saadat-flyer.pdfin your town, city, event or location! Bring the fliers to events and activities, or hold a flier
distribution at a public place.
3. Protest outside the Israeli embassy or consulate in your location (http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/About+the+Ministry/Diplomatic+missions/Web+Sites+of+Israeli+Missions+Abroad.htm) and demand the immediate freedom of Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian political prisoners.
Ahmad Sa’adat has been imprisoned since 2002 in the prisons of the
Palestinian Authority, held under U.S. and British guard, until his
abduction by the Israeli occupation forces on March 14, 2006 by an
occupation military raid on Jericho prison. On December 25, 2008, he was
sentenced to thirty years inside the occupation prisons. He is a member of
the Palestinian Legislative Council and one of the foremost Palestinian
national leaders held inside the occupier’s jails.
Ahmad Sa’adat and approximately 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are daily on
the front lines, confronting Israeli oppression and crimes. Today, it is
urgent that we stand with Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners
against these abuses, and for freedom for all Palestinian prisoners and for
all of Palestine!
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat www.freeahmadsaadat.org