9 March, NYC: Repression & Resistance: Palestinians in Political Detention


Wednesday, 9 March
5:30 pm
John Jay College – 899 10th Ave, NYC
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1669116183348793/
Organized by Students for Justice in Palestine at John Jay College, John Jay College Youth Justice Club and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

As part of the 12th annual Israeli Apartheid Week in New York City, join Students for Justice in Palestine at John Jay College (John Jay SJP), John Jay College Youth Justice Club and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network for an in-depth conversation on Palestinian political prisoners, the prisoners’ movement, its role within the broader Palestinian struggle, and international solidarity campaigns, as well as United States repression of Palestinian activists.

Our panelists will discuss Israel’s political imprisonment of Palestinians in its historical and political contexts, its practical effects on Palestinian families and communities, decades of resistance by both prisoners and the Palestinian people as a whole, and the matrix of repressive tactics shared by Israel and its allies like the US.

Sabiha Azad (Moderator)

An immigration paralegal and graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a BA in political science and a minor in law. She is a current member of both John Jay SJP (alumni) and NYC Students for Justice in Palestine (NYC SJP) and an organizer of Israeli Apartheid Week NYC 2016.

Joe Catron:

A solidarity activist and freelance reporter, lived in Gaza, Palestine for three and a half years, including the 2012 and 2014 Israeli offensives. While there, he wrote for Electronic Intifada, Middle East Eye and other media on prisoners’ affairs and other aspects of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation and co-edited The Prisoners’ Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag, an anthology of accounts by detainees freed in the 2011 prisoner exchange. He organizes with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and is writing a book on the Battle of Shuja’iyya.

Suzanne Adely

A global labor and human rights lawyer based in New York and co-convener of Labor for Palestine. Formerly a community organizer with the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, she is co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild International Committee and a long-time member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

“Detaining Dreams”

An intimate new documentary featuring the stories of four Palestinian children and their families undergoing the ordeal of Israeli military detention.

Brad Parker

A staff attorney and international advocacy officer at Defense for Children International Palestine. He specializes in issues of juvenile justice and grave violations against children during armed conflict, and leads DCIP’s legal advocacy efforts on Palestinian children’s rights. Parker regularly writes and speaks on the situation of Palestinian children in the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly issues involving detention, ill-treatment and torture of child detainees within the Israeli military detention system and violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. He leads DCIP’s US Program, is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and received his J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.

Lamis Deek

A Palestinian organizer born in Nablus, Palestine and raised in New York. She is a member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition. In her practice as a lawyer, she focuses primarily on criminal defense and FBI investigations. She has handled a number of political prisoner cases domestically and witnessed the trial of Ahmad Sa’adat in Palestine.

Q&A Session



Pizza will be served!