Protesters gathered in New York City outside the Best Buy in Union Square on Friday, 6 January to protest for the freedom of Palestinian child prisoner Natalie Shokha and all Palestinian prisoners. The protest was also organized to highlight the growing international campaign to boycott HP products due to its profiteering from the occupation of Palestine and the imprisonment of Palestinian prisoners.
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network gathered outside the Best Buy in the wintry cold, carrying signs highlighting the case of 15-year-old Natalie Shokha, recently sentenced to one and one-half years in Israeli prison. Natalie was shot by occupation soldiers on 28 April with live bullets in her back and chest and accused of attempting to stab Israeli soldiers. She is one of over 300 Palestinian children currently imprisoned in Israeli jails.
Participants also handed out flyers and materials about the international campaign to boycott Hewlett-Packard computers, printers and other consumer electronics. HP Enterprise has contracts with Israeli prisons and detention centers, occupation and security forces, checkpoints and settlements. It provides technology, equipment and services to the most repressive aspects of the Israeli settler colonial regime.
Samidoun activists and friends of Palestinian prisoners in New York City will gather once again outside Best Buy on Friday, 13 January at 5:30 pm, at 52 E. 14th St at Union Square, for a protest to Free Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners and to build the boycott of HP. The protest will be part of international days of action highlighting the case of imprisoned Palestinian political leader, parliamentarian and PFLP General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat and his fellow Palestinian prisoners.