March 6: Chicago Street Action for Arafat Jaradat, Samer Issawi, and other Palestinian Political Prisoners

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
4:30-6:30 pm
Israeli Consulate, 500 West Madison, Chicago, IL 60661

jaradatOn Wednesday, March 6, 2013, Chicago activists and people of conscience will gather in support of Samer Issawi, Ayman Sharawna, Tareq Qa’adan, and Ja’far Izzidine, along with other Palestinian prisoners undergoing hunger strikes to protest their inhumane and illegal detainment in Israeli prisons.

This action is also a response to the death of 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat last Saturday. An autopsy revealed that Jaradat died after being tortured during interrogation by Israeli security, sustaining a total of six broken bones in his spine, arms and legs; his lips lacerated; his face badly bruised.

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.”

Over 4,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launched hunger-strike action on Sunday to protest the death of Arafat Jaradat. Additionally, Jaradat’s death set off a wave of demonstrations in Palestine and around the world, protesting Israel’s unjust treatment of Palestinian prisoners.

In the wake these events, please join us in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners! We refuse to allow Israel’s continued dismissal of Palestinian prisoner rights to go unchecked. Raise your voices!

Bring Palestinian flags. Signs will be provided.

Sponsored by:

Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG) – Chicago
U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) – National
USPCN – Chicago
Anti-War Committee of Chicago
Committee Against Political Repression (CAPR)
Coalition to Protect People’s Rights (CPPR)
Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR)
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) – Chicago
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) – Chicago
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) – Chicago
Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights (CMPR)
Students for Justice in Palestine – DePaul University
Students for Justice in Palestine – University of Chicago
Students for Justice in Palestine – Northwestern University
Students for Justice in Palestine – Loyola University
Students for Justice in Palestine – Northeastern Illinois University