The Week of Action to Free Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian Prisoners kicked off on 15 January with photos, events and announcements in cities around the world.
In Toulouse, Collectif Palestine Vaincra posted banners and posters across the city, demanding freedom for Sa’adat and his fellow 4,500 Palestinians held behind Israeli bars, including 160 children and nearly 450 jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention.
In Brussels, activists gathered to protest outside the Israeli embassy to Belgium on 8 January 2021, including the Plate-forme Charleroi-Palestine and Association Belgo-Palestine, took pictures of solidarity for the Week of Action to Free Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners.
Meanwhile, Anti-Imperialist Action Ireland announced that members of Macradh-ISR Youth’s Slua Áth Cliath were launching in a seven day solidarity fast, with a different comrade taking part each day, to demand freedom for Sa’adat and his fellow political prisoners. Declaring, “From Ireland to Palestine- One Struggle Against Imperialism!” AIA also posted solidarity posters around Dublin, Ireland.
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) at Queen’s University in Canada launched a week of action and publicity, highlighting the cases of Palestinian political prisoners, including Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Tareq Mattar, Khalida Jarrar, Khitam Saafin and Mays Abu Ghosh.
Ahmad Sa’adat is the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a Palestinian national liberation movement leader and a symbol of the international left and revolutionary movements. He was sentenced to 30 years in Israeli prison on 25 December 2008 after being violently abducted from the Palestinian Authority’s Jericho prison in 2006, where he had been held under U.S. and British guard.
Sa’adat is a leader in the Palestinian prisoners’ movement and the Palestinian national liberation movement and a Palestinian, Arab and international symbol of resistance to capitalism, racism, apartheid and colonization. Targeted for his political role and clarity of vision, he remains unable to be silenced despite the oppression imposed upon him and 4,500 fellow Palestinian political prisoners.
On 15-23 January 2021, join Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network in a collective call for the freedom of Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners, with action and global solidarity to escalate the boycott of Israel, end aid and support to Israel, organize for justice in Palestine and resist imperialism and colonialism.
- Read the Call to Action
- Download materials and images in 11 languages (and additional materials in German, Danish, Dutch, French, Swedish (2))
- Watch the video calling for the week of action (English, Spanish and French)
- Background and materials on Ahmad Sa’adat
Join these events and actions for the Week of Action to Free Ahmad Sa’adat and send your events to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Saturday, 16 January – Toulouse, France – Stand Palestine: Freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat! De 11H à 13H, Métro Capitole – Toulouse,
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/events/2912430855703129/
Saturday, 16 January – Online Event – Steadfastness and Resistance – The Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement and the Case of Ahmad Sa’adat with Lena Meari. 10 am Pacific – 1 pm Eastern – 6 pm UTC – 7 pm central Europe – 8 pm Palestine, Register online: https://bit.ly/freesaadat
Sunday, 17 January – Manchester, Britain: Street Stall – Free all Palestinian prisoners! Free Issam Hijjawi! 12 Noon, Outside Morrisons, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0UA. More info: https://samidoun.net/event/manchester-street-stall-free-all-palestinian-prisoners-free-issam-hijjawi/
Saturday, 23 January – Online Event – Liberation vs Dependency: Strategies to Defeat Neoliberalism and Colonialism in Algeria, South Africa, and Palestine. 11 am Pacific – 2 pm Eastern – 9 pm Palestine. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/722789698392609/
Sunday, 24 January – Paris, France – Protest to free Ahmad Sa’adat, Georges Abdallah, and all Palestinian prisoners! 3:00 pm, Place Jean Ferrat – Metro L2 Menilmontant, Paris, France
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1135211573605908
Samidoun posted the following series of images to our Instagram as part of the campaign launch. We invite you to share this introduction to Ahmad Sa’adat: