DATE: Friday 14th Nov 2014, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
LOCATION: G4S CEO’s Office, The Peak, 5 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1LL (across the road from Victoria Station next to Apollo Theatre)
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Join us as we protest outside the headquarters of G4S’s CEO Ashley Almanza in London on friday 14th Nov 2014 demanding the immediate release of Palestinian hunger striker Raed Moussa, Sheikh Khader Adnan and all Palestinian political prisoners; and for Israel to stop its illegal policy of punitive administrative detention; and for G4S to stop its complicity in Israeli war crimes against Palestinian prisoners.
35 years old Palestinian Raed Moussa was abducted by the occupation in Jenin on 29th November 2013 and imprisoned without charge or trial under Israel’s illegal system of administrative detention. When the occupation extended the initial administrative order from 6 months to an additional 4 months Raed Moussa began an open hunger strike to protest his illegal detention. After 43 days without food the occupation relented and promised him that this time the administrative detention will not be renewed.
But Israel reneged on its promise and issued him another 4 month administrative detention in September 2014. Raed Moussa immediately restarted his hunger strike on 21st September 2014.
At the time he was caged in solitary confinement at the G4S secured Ketziot prison in the Negev desert. Since then he has been transferred to solitary confinement in Beersheba prison and with his health severely deteriorating due to his hunger strike and the prisons medical negligence he has recently been moved to Barzillai hospital. On friday he will have been on hunger strike for 55 days..
SHEIKH KHADER ADNAN
Another Palestinian prisoner held illegally under administrative detention is Sheikh Khader Adnan, he was abducted by the occupation forces on Tuesday 8th July 2014.
A former Palestinian political prisoner, Sheikh Khader Adnan is known as the father of the hunger strikers – the symbol of Palestinian resistance and steadfastness, In 2011 he was abducted and caged indefinitely without any charged or trial under Israeli illegal system of punitive administrative detention. To protest his illegal imprisonment he went on hunger strike and won his freedom. His successful 66 day hunger strike in 2012 – the longest in Palestinian history at the time, inspired over 1600 other Palestinian prisoners to hunger strike. Since his release Sheikh Khader Adnan has been the voice of the Palestinian political prisoners, ceaselessly defending their rights at every opportunity and thus is a thorn in the side of the occupation.
Sheikh Khader Adnan is a father of 6 children. Youngest are triplets just 8 months old – Ali, Hamza and Mohammed; his other son is aged 2 – Abd-Al-Rahman. His two daughters are Maali – the eldest just 6 years old, and Besan 4 years old. Khader Adnan has a degree in Mathematics, and runs a bakery in the town of Arrabah near Jenin in the West Bank. On Tuesday 8th July 2014 he was returning home to share the Iftar meal with his family after the Ramadan fast when he was abducted at a temporary checkpoint the occupation had illegally set up near his home town.
Since his abduction 4 months ago the occupation hasn’t allowed his family to visit him apart from his two young daughters. Khader Adnan’s wife Randa Moussa recently indicated that Khader Adnan will start a hunger strike if his administrative detention order is renewed in January. She urges Palestinians and the wider solidarity movement to mobilise for the prisoners cause “Those who believe in this cause should face the authorities and take to the streets, even if it meant arrest. Freedom is not without a price.”
Administrative detention is a practice used by Israel to imprison Palestinians indefinitely without charge or trial.
Prisoners are given rolling detention orders which can be anything from 1-6 months, renewable indefinitely. This is against international law. For example administrative detainee Mazen Natsheh has been locked up cumulatively for nearly 10 years without charge or trial.
Detention orders are based on so called “secret information” which never needs to be produced, either to the detainee nor their lawyer.
Administrative detention is often used to arbitrarily jail Palestinians where there is no evidence for a trial, or for punishment as in the case of 19 Palestinian MPs.
Israel has on average issued over 2000 detention orders every year (2007-2011). Today there are 500 administrative detainees, the vast majority – 86% are locked up in G4S secured prisons like Ofer, Ketziot and Megiddo. Most of them having been transferred from the West Bank into Israel in contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
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Palestinian Prisoners Campaign
The Palestinian Prisoners Campaign aims to raise awareness for the plight of Palestinian prisoners and build solidarity for their struggle and work towards their freedom. The campaign was launched by Innovative Minds (inminds.com) and the Islamic Human Rights Commission (ihrc.org) on the occasion of Al Quds Day 2012 (on 17th August 2012), since then we have held actions every fortnight in support of Palestinian prisoners, if you can spare two hours twice a month then please join the campaign by coming to the next action.