Los Angeles, March 1: Emergency Demonstration in Support of Palestinian Prisoner Rights

Friday, March 1
4 pm – 7 pm
Where: In front of the Israeli Consulate in West LA, 11766 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1600, Los Angeles, CA
Why: To show support to all of the Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike and to protest Arafat Jaradat’s death by torture.

hungerstrikeOn Friday, February 22, 2013, over 1,000 internationals joined in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners with a 24-hour hunger strike in support of Samer Issawi, Ayman Sharawna, Tareq Qa’adan, and Ja’far Izzidine, along with other Palestinian prisoners who have heeded the call for the hunger strike to protest their inhumane and illegal detainment.

Friday’s international hunger strike signaled the beginning of weekly Friday actions demanding the immediate release of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners, including a rolling 24-hour hunger strike every Friday-Saturday night. These actions are also intended to highlight the ongoing plight of Palestinian prisoners and their deplorable detentions in Israel’s occupation jails.

On Sunday, February 24, 2013, a mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strike took place in response to the death of 30-year old Arafat Jaradat. Palestinian Prisoner Society Chairman Qadura Fares confirmed after autopsy that Jaradat’s death was indeed the result of Israeli torture. Jaradat’s death has set off a wave of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli Occupation Forces in Palestine.

As the Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer recently reported, “Since 1967, over 200 prisoners have died in captivity, fifty-one of them from medical negligence. Alarmingly, there is a recent trend of prisoners who have died shortly after they are released from medical complications that went untreated during their detention.”

In the wake of all of these events, join us to remind Zionists that we refuse to allow Israel’s continued dismissal of Palestinian prisoner rights to go unchecked.

Suggested slogans for posters:

-“Arafat Jaradat dead at 30 as a result of Israeli torture.”
-“Administrative detention is illegal. Free all Palestinian political prisoners.”
-“Samer Issawi on hunger strike for 220 days. Freedom or death.”
-“Ayman Sharawna on hunger strike for 170 days. Freedom or death.”