Wednesday, 3 May
Lekgotla Room, Women’s Jail
11 Kotze St, Johannesburg, South Africa
Members of the media and public are invited to a free film screening and presentation on the over 300 Palestinian children currently incarcerated in Israeli prisoners (click here for an article on the Israeli arrest and torture of Palestinian children.)
The event, part of solidarity activities in support of #PalestinianPoliticalPrisoners currently on hunger strike since 17 April 2017, will take place tomorrow (Wednesday 3 May 2017, 7pm) at Constitution Hill (Lekgotla Room, Women’s Jail, Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze St, Johannesburg. Safe parking available).
The event is a collaboration between various South African organizations in support of #PalestinianPoliticalPrisoners and their open hunger strike which is now in its second week.
The documentary screened will be “Stone Cold Justice” (click here for trailer) and will be followed with a presentation by Dr Sadna Balton (an early childhood interventionist who was the South African representative at the 3rd International Prisoner Conference recently held in Palestine). The event will be chaired by Khulekani Skosana (Secretary-General of the Congress of South African Students).
There are currently over 6500 #PalestinianPoliticalPrisoners detained by Israel. Over the past 50 years, more than 800 000 Palestinians have been imprisoned or detained by Israel (about 40% of all Palestinian men living under military occupation have at some point been detained by Israel). Presently there are more than 500 Palestinians held under Israel’s “administrative detention” (equivalent of Apartheid SA’s “detention without trial”). In the last one year period Israel has arrested more than 400 Palestinians for social media posts. 25 Palestinian journalists and 13 Palestinian parliamentarians are also currently being incarcerated in Israeli prisons. Virtually every single Palestinian family has been affected by Israeli imprisonment of a loved one.
There will be a national day of action and 24 hour fast on the 15th of May (starting at 6pm on the 14th of May and ending at 6pm on the 15th of May) in solidarity with #PalestinianPoliticalPrisoners currently on hunger strike. A build up fast will also take place tomorrow 3 May (starting at 6pm on the 02nd of May and ending at 6pm on the 3rd of May). All South African organizations are invited to join this campaign.
ISSUED BY KWARA KEKANA ON BEHALF OF BDS SOUTH AFRICA