Wednesday, 16 March
Exact room TBA, Maastricht University
There are currently over 7,000 Palestinian prisoners, of which over 500 are children, held in Israeli jails – convicted in military courts, rounded up in night-time raids, often held without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence. Palestinian political prisoners represent all sectors of Palestinian society – men, women, children, elders, students, teachers, farmers, workers, artists, organizers and strugglers for freedom. Indeed, dozens of Palestinian student activists and student union representatives are currently imprisoned in Israeli jails. There are 750 Palestinians held without charge or trial under administrative detention.
Charlotte Kates, coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, will speak about the current and past situation of Palestinian prisoners and their struggle for freedom, the involvement of states and corporations in the ongoing mass imprisonment of Palestinians, and what can be done here to support Palestinian prisoners’ struggle for freedom.