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, John Kerry, Stéphane Dion, 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
1,216 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
689 supporters
Petitioning Palestinian Authority

Free Six Young Palestinian Activists from Political Detention

Six Palestinian young men, Basil al-Araj, 33; Mohammed Harb, 23; Haitham Siyaj, 19; Mohammed al-Salamen, 19; Seif al-Idrissi, 26; and Ali Dar al-Sheikh, 22, are currently imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority; their detention was extended on Monday, 11 April for 15 more days by the PA’s Magistrate’s Court for them to undergo further interrogation. The story of their discovery, arrest and imprisonment has been widely reported in Palestinian media; several of the young men are well-known community and civil activists.  Since that time, their detention has been extended repeatedly and as of Sunday, 28 August, they are now on hunger strike demanding their freedom. The context of these arrests is that of ongoing PA security coordination with the Israeli occupation. These young men are not a threat to Palestinian security; they are well-known, beloved members of their community and trusted strugglers for the freedom of the Palestinian people. They are not being detained and tortured to protect the Palestinian people, but because the Palestinian Authority, under the Oslo Accords, is a subcontractor of arrests, surveillance and imprisonment to the Israeli occupation that is daily killing Palestinians, imprisoning thousands, carrying out home demolitions, land confiscation, settlement building, racist repression and preventing millions of Palestinian refugees from returning home. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges people of conscience around the world to take action and demand that the PA release these five young men and hold accountable those who have tortured and abused them. It is critically important for international supporters of the Palestinian people and Palestinian cause and Palestinians around the world to make their voices heard and demand an end to the arrest and torture of these young men and the policy of security coordination which has brought about this situation.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
940 supporters