Friday, 18 March
G4S Office – 19 W. 44th St
New York, NY
Demand Israel free Mohammed Abu Sakha, a Palestinian circus instructor, three days before a military court hearing on his “administrative detention,” and that G4S end its complicity in Israel’s incarceration of 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners, including 670 held without charge or trial, and other crimes against Palestinians.
Abu Sakha, 23, was detained by Israeli occupation soldiers on 14 December as he travelled from his home in Jenin to The Palestinian Circus School School in Birzeit, where he teaches children with disabilities circus performance. He is held in Megiddo prison. He has trained at the circus school since 2007 and performed and trained children in circus acts since 2011.
On 31 December, the school announced, “We are outraged and very sad to inform you all that our friend and colleague Mohammed Abu Sakha was sentenced to six months in administrative detention. The order was issued on Tuesday 29th of December but can still be appealed with all your support!” http://www.palcircus.ps/
Amnesty International has issued an “urgent action alert” calling for action and campaigns to release Abu Sakha: https://www.amnesty.org/
The Palestinian Performing Arts Network called on its “fellow artists and cultural organizations to raise awareness of Israel’s illegal policy of administrative detention and to pressure the Israeli government to immediately release Mohammed Abu Sakha”: http://www.ppan.ps/
Meanwhile, the Friends of the Palestinian Circus School and other international activists have been working to build cultural, artistic and grassroots solidarity to free Abu Sakha, which are often posted to the#FreeAbuSakha facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/
G4S, the world’s largest firm company and second-biggest private employer, equips Israeli prisons and detention centers where Palestinian political prisoners are held and tortured, as well as the occupation forces and infrastructure that routinely massacre Palestinians while holding millions under military rule.
Join us to answer a united appeal by Palestinian prisoners for escalated boycotts of G4S: http://samidoun.net/2015/
Demand G4S immediately end its contracts with Israeli prisons and detention centers, occupation and security forces and checkpoints, and that Israel release abu Sakha, other administrative detainees and all Palestinian political prisoners.
Support the Palestinian people, the Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian Resistance, and the liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.