The collective Palestinian struggle intensifies in the prisons of the occupation

Palestinian prisoners announced that they will continue the steps of the collective struggle inside occupation prisons from Monday 22 August. These collective struggle measures were suspended in March 2022 after an agreement was reportedly reached to improve the conditions of Palestinian detainees whose rights are systematically violated by the occupation forces, from the denial of family visits to the constant transfers from prison to prison every six months to aggressive raids and invasions. .

Prisons have announced that inmates in occupation prisons will refuse to leave their rooms for daily routine security checks and will return their meals provided by the prison service on August 22 and 24. These checks, which take place daily, force detainees to leave their rooms as floors, windows and bathrooms are inspected while guards, accompanied by armed sniffer dogs, knock on doors and doors. windows in such a way as to provoke and irritate the prisoners. All of these repressive mechanisms were massively strengthened after six Palestinians were released from Gilboa prison during Operation Freedom Tunnel, exposing the failure of the “security” apparatus.

Rather than implementing the measures agreed to in March, the occupation prison administration has continued to implement these repressive practices, and the prisoners’ movement will step up its protest actions if its demands are not met. They demand an end to the constant transfer of prisoners every six months – especially for prisoners serving long sentences, including life sentences – and the use of administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial. Three Palestinian administrative detainees are on hunger strike against their detention; Khalil Awawdeh, on strike for 173 days, and Ahmad and Adel Musa, on strike for 16 days.

Ahead of the announced protest marches, repressive forces stormed one of the rooms in Hadarim prison on Sunday August 21, ransacking the rooms and disrupting the prisoners. The prisoners’ movement said such actions will not deter inmates from standing up for themselves and defending themselves. The prisoners’ movement announced the collective commitment to launch an open hunger strike if these increasing stages of struggle do not lead to the implementation of their demands.

This appeal follows the collective statement of administrative detainees calling for action to release Awawdeh and end administrative detention.

The Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges all supporters of justice and liberation in Palestine to prepare to take action in support of prisoners in their collective struggle and resistance behind Zionist bars. The prisoners’ fight is not only for the improvement of prison conditions but for liberation, for all prisoners and for Palestine and its people, from the river to the sea.

Download these flyers and posters to distribute to highlight the case of Khalil Awawdeh and the struggle for the release of Palestinian prisoners:

1. Mobilize actions, demonstrations and creative interventions – Take to the streets to defend the Palestinian people and their resistance! As made clear during the Unity Intifada/Seif al-Quds in May 2021, there is widespread support for the Palestinian people all over the world, including within the imperialist powers. It is our responsibility to act and make it impossible for them to continue supporting the crimes against the Palestinian people.

2. Building the Boycott of Israel – This is a critical time to intensify the campaign to isolate the Israeli regime at all levels, including through boycott campaigns that target the occupation’s economic exploitation of Palestinian land, people and resources as well than international companies, like HP and G4S, who profit from the ongoing colonization of Palestine.

3. Support the steadfastness of the Palestinian people – This aggression was an extension of the siege of Gaza imposed on the resistant and steadfast strip for more than 15 years. The Palestinian people need economic, political and all-round support to help them maintain their steadfastness. To contribute to Samidoun’s campaign for health care for children in Gaza, donate at https://samidoun.net/gaza

Michael A. Bynum