Students for Justice in Palestine at Maastricht University in the Netherlands marked Palestinian Prisoners’ Day with a protest in front of the town hall in Maastricht.
Participants highlighted the over 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners, including over 400 children and 700 administrative detainees, new Knesset laws targeting Palestinians, violations of the Geneva Conventions, and the injustice of military courts convicting Palestinians at a rate of over 99%. In addition, they highlighted the call to boycott G4S, the multinational security corporation that provides security systems, equipment and control rooms to Israeli prisons, checkpoints and police training centers. G4S has pledged to sell off its Israeli subsidiary, but Palestinian organizers have emphasized the importance of boycotting the corporation until this actually takes place, as its equipment is still daily used to imprison and oppress Palestinians.
SJP Maastricht previously hosted Samidoun for a presentation on Palestinian prisoners. On 25 April, SJP will feature a former Palestinian political prisoner sharing his testimony as part of a Palestinian cultural event it is organizing at the WE Festival.
Video and photos by SJP Maastricht
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As of February 2016, 7000 Palestinian political prisoners were being held in Israeli prisons, including 670 administrative detainees being held without charge or trial and 400 children (under 16). Isolation continues to be used as a punitive measure against prisoners, e.g Nahar Al-Sa'adi, who has been held in isolation over 2 years. Both children and adults in detention have complained of interrogation that has involved physical beating, denial of food, denial of medical treatment, denial of toilet acces, deprivation of sleep and threats against themselves and family members. The youngest prisoner in the world is a Palestinian: Dima Al-Wawi (12 years old). Palestinians are tried in Israeli millitary courts with convinction rates of 99,7%. Israel transfers the Palestinian political prisoners from the West Bank into Isreal in direct contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Discriminatory legislation:"Law to Prevent Harm Caused by Hunger Strikers" approved on the 30th of July by the Isreali Knesset, permitting the force-feeding of Palestinian hunger strikers in Isreali prisons. Another pending proposed law, if passed, would allow for 20-year prison sentences dor children and istituting a minimum sentence of 2-4 year for throwing stones. The security company G4S who are active in The Netherlands assist the operations of the Israeli prison systems that gravely violate international law and basic human rights standards. #FreePalestine #StopG4S