On Saturday, 15 January, the Collectif Palestine Vaincra, a member organization of the Samidoun Network, organized a Palestine Stand outside the Capitole metro station in Toulouse, France, as part of the International Week of Action to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, unjustly imprisoned by the Israeli occupation.
This initiative coincided with the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the arrest of the Palestinian leader by the Palestinian Authority on 15 January 2002 as part of its “security coordination” with Israel.
Supporting the immediate release of Ahmad Sa’adat is part of supporting the release of all Palestinian prisoners, but it is also supporting the legitimacy of the resistance of the Palestinian people against the Zionist state while denouncing the criminal complicity of the Palestinian Authority with the occupation regime.
In a crowded pedestrian street under a beautiful winter sun, organizers unfurled Palestinian flags and a large banner, reading “Freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat — Freedom for Palestine.” They displayed Boycott Israel posters and set up a stand, drawing attention from many people. For over two hours, participants distributed hundreds of flyers explaining the life and struggle of Ahmad Sa’adat, and conducted many discussions about the situation of over 4,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
Many people came to the stand to write letters addressed to Ahmad Sa’adat to show their solidarity. One little girl named Lina told organizers that she had looked on a map of the world to see where Palestine was, but couldn’t find it. Her mother told us: “She asked me where Palestine was but I didn’t know how to explain it to her. Thank you for all these materials which will help me to tell her the story of the Palestinian people.”
People from France, Algeria, Italy and Turkey wrote messages of solidarity to the Palestinian people.
Dozens also posed for solidarity photos calling for the release of Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners:
Every month, the Collectif Palestine Vaincra organizes stands in different parts of Toulouse to support campaigns for the Palestinian people and their resistance for the liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea. Contact the Collectif to get involved, or reach out to Samidoun Network to get involved in your local area outside of France.