Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

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Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is a network of organizers and activists, based in North America, working to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for freedom. Samidoun developed out of the September-October 2011 hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, seeing a need for a dedicated network to support Palestinian prisoners. We work to raise awareness and provide resources about Palestinian political prisoners, their conditions, their demands, and their work for freedom for themselves, their fellow prisoners, and their homeland. We also work to organize campaigns to make political change and advocate for Palestinian prisoners’ rights and freedoms.

Started 3 petitions

Petitioning Council of the European Union, European Commission, John Kerry, Chrystia Freeman, Boris Johnson MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP

Take Action to Free Hunger-Striking Palestinian Journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq

Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq is currently jailed by the Israeli occupation without charge or trial under administrative detention. He has launched a hunger strike to demand his freedom and an end to administrative detention. On 22 February, after 17 days on hunger strike, he was suddenly transferred to the Ramle prison hospital after a decline in his health.  Al-Qeeq is one of nearly 550 Palestinians imprisoned without charge or trial under administrative detention. Administrative detention orders are issued for one to six month periods, but are indefinitely renewable, which means that Palestinians can be held for years on end without charge or trial at the order of the Israeli occupation military. These orders are issued on the basis of "secret evidence" to which both the detainee and their lawyer is denied access. Administrative detention as practiced by the Israeli state is a systematic mechanism of colonial repression and violates international law. This is Mohammed al-Qeeq's second time on hunger strike. In 2016, he conducted a 94-day hunger strike to win his freedom from administrative detention without charge or trial, winning his release in May 2016. Administrative detention violates international law and Palestinian human rights. When international agencies and officials are silent, it provides yet more space for Israeli administrative detention to continue. We urge you to contact the Israeli government and officially express your concern for the health of Mohammed al-Qeeq and call for his immediate release and the end of the policy of administrative detention.     

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
5,216 supporters
Petitioning Council of the European Union, John Kerry, Chrystia Freeland, European Commission

Pressure Israel to Free Nael Barghouthi, Longest-Held Palestinian Prisoner

Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi, 59 has been imprisoned for 36 years in Israeli jails, and he is the longest-held Palestinian political prisoner. Today, on the basis of so-called "secret evidence," he is threatened with the re-imposition of life imprisonment with no charges and no legitimate trial. Along with over 1,000 fellow prisoners, he was released in 2011 as part of the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange. While he married after his release and returned to his life, in 2014, he was swept up with other former prisoners in a series of arrests. Under Israeli military order 1651 - violating the release agreement -  re-arrested prisoners can have their former sentences reimposed upon them by a military committee on the basis of secret evidence. This secret evidence is denied to both the prisoner and their lawyer. Even with this secret evidence, Nael Barghouthi was ordered to 30 months in prison, a sentence that ended in mid-December. He has remained in prison due to an appeal by the military prosecution, seeking the re-imposition of a life sentence on the basis of so-called secret evidence. We urge international action to pressure Israel to release Nael Barghouthi, who is being held as a political hostage by the Israeli government.  

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
1,573 supporters
Petitioning International Committee of the Red Cross

Stop the Cut in Family Visits to Palestinian Prisoners

As of July 2016, the International Committee of the Red Cross - which facilitates family visit trips for Palestinian families to Palestinian prisoners imprisoned inside Israeli jails - has announced that it will cut monthly visits per detention center from two visits to one visit. This effectively cuts by 50% the family visits and visit opportunities for Palestinian prisoners and their families.  Family visits are a lifeline for Palestinian prisoners. While the cutback does not apply to imprisoned Palestinian women and children, it does hurt the children and families of imprisoned fathers, and it works to undermine both the Geneva Conventions - which encourage family visits to be as frequent as possible - and Palestinian family life. It also works to support Israeli policies that deny family visits and make them as difficult and traumatic as possible for Palestinian families.  It is the responsibility of the ICRC - largely funded by the governments of the world - to not put the burden of budget cuts on Palestinian families of prisoners, the most marginalized and vulnerable people, and those who the ICRC should be serving. 

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
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