Saturday, 13 May
Human Rights Monument
More than 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails launched a hunger strike on April 17 for their basic human rights.
Join us at the Canadian Human Rights Monument to support their demands and to urge the Canadian government to pressure the Israeli government to stop violating prisoners’ rights!
Demands of the strike include:
* End to denials of family visits
* Access to a public pay telephone to communicate with family members
* Appropriate medical care and treatment for sick prisoners
* Right to access higher education at a distance
* End to solitary confinement
* End to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.
The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has unleashed a wave of repressive tactics, including the denial of family visits, the denial of legal visits, confiscation of clothing (even toothbrushes and underwear), conducting violent prison raids and reportedly confiscating salt from the prisoners; the viral#SaltWaterChallenge campaign on social media has highlighted the way strikers have consumed only a mixture of salt and water to prolong their survival.
Since 1967, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders. Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International have called on Israel to end “unlawful and cruel” policies towards Palestinian prisoners.
The Canadian Labour Congress passed an emergency resolution at its convention in solidarity with the Palesitnian prisoners’ hunger strike.
Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians – Capital Region
Faculty for Palestine – Ottawa
Independent Jewish Voices Ottawa
Ottawa CUPE District Council