April 17, Toulouse: Rally – Free all Palestinian Prisoners
Friday, April 17
Metro Jean Jaures
As of February 1, 2015, 6000 Palestinians including 163 under 18 years old and 22 women, were detained within Israeli prisons.
Since 1967, over 750,000 Palestinians (20% of the total population and 40% of the male population) have been imprisoned by the occupation.
Of every 1000 Palestinians who face the Israeli military courts, 997 are convicted! The vast majority of these convictions come from “plea bargains,” in which the accused pleads to a charge in order to receive a reduced sentence.
A prisoner can be detained for 90 days without seeing a lawyer, a period that can be extended up to six months in total. Administrative detention permits the Israeli army to renew arbitrary imprisonment of a person repeatedly, for years at a time, without charge or trial.
Among the prisoners are 15 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, including Ahmad Sa’adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Marwan Barghouti, Fateh leader and many deputies of Hamas, including the speaker of the parliament, Aziz Dweik.
On April 2, 2015, Khalida Jarrar, another member of the PLC, was arrested. She has been ordered to 6 months administrative detention without charge or trial.
Isolation, torture, humiliation, attacks on family members, prohibition of family visits – all are methods used by the Israeli authorities in order to suppress the just struggle of the Palestinian people for their land and freedom.
On April 17, 2015, the international day of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, we stand in support of thousands of Palestinians imprisoned for their struggle against apartheid and the ethnic cleansing of their people. We also stand with George Abdallah, communist struggler for the Palestinian cause, imprisoned in France since 1984 for seeking ot resist the invasion of his country, Lebanon, by Israel.
For their liberation, to end the oldest military occupation in the world, we mobilize, and develop the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the criminal regime of Israel, and demonstrate and support the Palestinian people’s struggle, with these goals:
* Liberation of all Palestinian prisoners
* Immediate lifting of the siege on Gaza
* End the occupation, colonization and ethnic cleansing
* Right of return for all refugees
* Immediate freedom of Georges Abdallah
Palestine lives, Palestine will win!
Endorsers: BDS France Toulouse, Collectif Coup Pour Coup 31, Collectif Palestine Libre, NPA 31, OCML Voie Proletarienne