Frankfurt Palestine stand highlights struggles of imprisoned Palestinian women

Samidoun Deutschland organized a Palestine Stand in central Frankfurt on Sunday, 29 August 2021. The action, organized at Hauptwache, highlighted the cases of several Palestinian women prisoners, including Israa Jaabis, Anhar al-Deek, Fadwa Hamadeh and Yasmin Jaber.

Organizers set up a display of photos and calls to action highlighting imprisoned Palestinian students and calling for their liberation. There are hundreds of Palestinian university students imprisoned in Israeli jails, and students are routinely and specifically targeted for Israeli colonial imprisonment and repression for their student activism, organizing student events and participation in student elections and other political and social activities on campus.

Passers-by were invited to write letters to Palestinian prisoners to express their support and solidarity. The letters collected by Samidoun Deutschland will be sent directly to the prisoners as well as to Samidoun Palestine for sharing with the family members and lawyers of the detainees.

People who came to the stand were encouraged to write letters to Anhar al-Deek, the Palestinian pregnant mother imprisoned in Israeli jails, and to Israa Jaabis, the imprisoned Palestinian woman who is being denied appropriate medical care for her serious injuries, including the amputation of eight of her fingers. Large posters calling for freedom for all Palestinian prisoners, Palestinian flags and Samidoun banners adorned the area, drawing attention to the stand and the situation of detained Palestinians.

The displays also highlighted the hunger strikes of six Palestinians jailed without charge or trial by Israel. There are currently approximately 550 Palestinians jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention, out of 4,750 Palestinian political prisoners. These orders are issued by the military and approved by military courts on the basis of “secret evidence”, denied to both Palestinian detainees and their attorneys. Issued for up to six months at a time, they are indefinitely renewable, and Palestinians — including minor children — can spend years jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention.

Visitors to the stand expressed their solidarity with Palestine and called for freedom for Palestinian political prisoners. Samidoun Deutschland organizes actions and events for a liberated Palestine, from the river to the sea, in Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, and elsewhere in Germany. Contact the Samidoun Network to find out more about how you can get involved.