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There are currently 17 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails in the “Battle of Breaking the Chains.” The hunger strike is demanding an end to the practice of administrative detention. Administrative detention is the process by which Israel imprisons Palestinians without charge or trial for indefinitely renewable periods; there are hundreds of Palestinians held under administrative detention. No reason is revealed for their imprisonment; instead, a “secret file” produced by Israeli military intelligence serves as a pretext for their continued detention.

The first five hunger strikers: Nidal Abu Aker, Ghassan Zawahreh, Shadi Ma’ali, Munir Abu Sharar and Badr al-Ruzza – all held without charge under administrative detention – began refusing their meals on 20 August. They were soon joined by Bilal al-Saifi and Suleiman Skafi. In late September, another ten Palestinian prisoners joined the strike.

One hundred more prisoners – mostly administrative detainees – have pledged to join the strike on 10 October; 250 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been returning their meals three times a week in unity with the strikers’ demands. Dozens of Palestinian administrative detainees are boycotting the military court sessions – sessions which simply “rubber-stamp” detention orders from the Israeli military.

The hunger strikers have been refusing food and vitamins since 20 August; they have lost massive amounts of weight, suffer constant headaches and body pains. Some are unable to walk. However, they have not been moved to hospitals – instead, they are being held in isolation cells in solitary confinement, as a means of isolating them from their fellow Palestinian prisoners and attempting to coerce them to end the strike.

In their isolation cells, they have been denied cold water and access to fresh air. All of their personal belongings, including books and papers, have been confiscated, and they have been denied blankets and pillows. Several of the strikers have been denied legal visits; and they have been transferred repeatedly – and abusively – from prison to prison, isolation cell to isolation cell, in a metal vehicle, shackled to a metal chair, known as the “bosta” – a lengthy, stressful and harmful procedure.

As the prisoners reach 40 days on hunger strike, an urgent call has been issued for support and international actions to build solidarity for the hunger strikers, protect their lives and demand their freedom.

Resources and Materials

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is making the following resources available to campaigners working to support the Battle of Breaking the Chains. We encourage you to download, distribute and use them widely!

Factsheet and Brochure

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Download PDF (Factsheet/Brochure on Administrative Detention and Hunger Strike)

Posters and Postcards

Battle of Breaking the Chains

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Poster (A4, PDF) – Download

Poster (11 x 17, PDF) – Download

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Postcard – Download

Nidal Abu Aker

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Poster (A4, PDF) – Download

Poster (11 x 17, PDF) – Download

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Postcard – Download

Ghassan Zawahreh

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Poster (A4, PDF) – Download

Poster (11 x 17, PDF) – Download

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Postcard – Download

Shadi Ma’ali

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Poster (A4, PDF) – Download

Poster (11 x 17, PDF) – Download

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Postcard – Download

Badr al-Ruzza

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Poster (A4, PDF) – Download

Poster (11 x 17, PDF) – Download

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Postcard – Download

Munir Abu Sharar

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Poster (A4, PDF) – Download

Poster (11 x 17, PDF) – Download

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Postcard – Download

Bilal al-Saifi

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Poster (A4, PDF) – Download

Poster (11 x 17, PDF) – Download

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Postcard – Download

Social Media/Cover Images

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Urgent Call Graphic – Download

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Strikers Graphic – Download

Key Documents and Articles

Suggestions for Actions

Do you want to support the prisoners in your area, in your community or on your campus? Here are a few suggested events you can do:

bethu2* “Salt and Water” Distribution – Palestinian university students in Gaza, Nablus and Bethlehem have all done this on their campuses – you can bring it to yours as well! Palestinian hunger strikers typically consume only salt and water during their hunger strikes.

Hand out small cups of water from a jug, or small bottles of water, along with salt packets. Label the cups or bottles with stickers of information about Palestinian prisoners (print out on mailing labels and stick on the cups or bottles) or just hand out flyers and factsheets with information along with the salt and water. A great activity for tabling.

* One-Day Hunger Strike – Set up a tent or table in your city or community and provide information about Palestine and hunger strikers. Let people know that people in your group are also on a solidarity one-day hunger strike in support of the prisoners. Write up a press release (even if it’s a small group) and send it to local, campus and progressive media in your area. Share information about the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

* Demonstrate at Israeli Embassy, US Federal Building or Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or other government building – Hold a protest and demand that Israel end administrative detention and release the prisoners. Demand that your government cut aid and relations with Israel on the basis of its apartheid practices, its practice of colonialism, and its numerous violations of Palestinian rights including the systematic practice of administrative detention. Demand they pressure Israel to free the hunger strikers and end administrative detention. G4S offices are also a great target for demonstrations – the British-Danish security firm subject to global boycott because it provides security systems and control rooms to Israel prisons.

International Actions

Email us at samidoun@samidoun.net to include your action on the list below. Upcoming events include:

Take Action

1. Sign on to this statement in support of the prisoners’ demand to End Administrative Detention. Organizational and individual endorsements are welcome – and organizational endorsements particularly critical – in support of the prisoners’ demands and their actions. Click here to sign or sign below:http://bit.ly/EndAdministrativeDetention

2. Send a solidarity statement. The support of people around the world helps to inform people about the struggle of Palestinian prisoners. It is a morale booster and helps to build political solidarity. Please send your solidarity statements tosamidoun@samidoun.net. They will be published and sent directly to the prisoners.

3. Hold a solidarity one-day hunger strike in your area. Gather in a tent or central area, bring materials about Palestinian prisoners and hold a one-day solidarity strike to raise awareness and provide support for the struggle of the prisoners and the Palestinian cause. Please email us at samidoun@samidoun.net to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

4. Protest at the Israeli consulate or embassy in your area.  Bring posters and flyers about administrative detention and Palestinian hunger strikers and hold a protest, or join a protest with this important information. Hold a community event or discussion, or include this issue in your next event about Palestine and social justice. Please email us atsamidoun@samidoun.net to inform us of your action – we will publicize and share news with the prisoners.

5. Contact political officials in your country – members of Parliament or Congress, or the Ministry/Department of Foreign Affairs or State – and demand that they cut aid and relations with Israel on the basis of its apartheid practices, its practice of colonialism, and its numerous violations of Palestinian rights including the systematic practice of administrative detention. Demand they pressure Israel to free the hunger strikers and end administrative detention.

6. Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. Don’t buy Israeli goods, and campaign to end investments in corporations that profit from the occupation. G4S, a global security corporation, is heavily involved in providing services to Israeli prisons that jail Palestinian political prisoners – there is a global call to boycott itPalestinian political prisoners have issued a specific call urging action on G4S. Learn more about BDS atbdsmovement.net.

Battle of Breaking the Chains Archive

BATTLE OF BREAKING CHAINS

Palestinian activist Ghassan Zawahreh, former long-term hunger striker and organizer from Dheisheh refugee camp, was ordered to a 7-month prison sentence in Israeli occupation...

Former long-term hunger striker and Palestinian refugee, Shadi Ma'ali, was seized by undercover occupation forces at dawn on Saturday, 17 March in the heart...

On Monday, 6 February, Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq was ordered to six months in Israeli prison without charge or trial under administrative detention. Al-Qeeq...

In a series of late-night and pre-dawn raids, Israeli occupation forces seized at least 18 Palestinians between 18 and 19 July. They include Ghassan...

Palestinian administrative detainee held in Israeli jails without charge or trial, Suleiman Skafi, remains on hunger strike after 33 days. He rejected an offer...

The Battle of Breaking the Chains, the hunger strike conducted by Palestinian administrative detainees held without charge or trial, has concluded with an agreement...

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Saturday, October 3 5:00 pm Piazza di Montecitorio, Rome, Italy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1065711343439963/ On 20 August 2015, five Palestinian prisoners in Zionist jails launched a hunger strike gasinst the...

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Palestinian journalist Nidal Abu Aker, held in administrative detention in Israeli jails without charge or trial and on hunger strike for 37 days, is...

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1619249335015667/ Kundgebung zum aktuellen Hungerstreik der palästinensischen Gefangenen gegen die sogenannte Administrativhaft, der Verhaftung und Gefangennahme ohne Anklage und Gerichtsverfahren am Mittwoch, den 30. September...

Nidal Abu Aker, imprisoned Palestinian journalist held under administrative detention without charge or trial who has been on hunger strike since 20 August, confirmed that...

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Samidoun is pleased to repost the following important article, highlighting the voices of the steadfast mothers of the striking prisoners, by Palestinian writer Reham Alhelsi....

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The following statement was released by the Arab Palestinian Democratic Union (UDAP), a Palestinian community organization in Italy. See the original here: http://www.udap.it/blog/2015/09/14/appello-per-lappoggio-e-il-sostegno-allo-sciopero-della-fame-dei-prigionieri-amministrativi-nelle-carceri-israeliane/. Italian follows...

Large Graphics

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