Sunday, 2 October
Vancouver Art Gallery (Howe Side/Robson Square)
Join us on Sunday, October 2 outside the Vancouver Art Gallery (Howe Street Side) to support 30 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike for freedom. They are putting their bodies and lives on the lines to demand an end to administrative detention, Israeli imprisonment without charge or trial.
The Palestinian prisoners announced their hunger strike under the slogan “Our Decision is Freedom”, noting that they had rejected a request from the Zionist prison administration to postpone their action until Wednesday. They have now been moved into solitary confinement cells as a punishment for their brave stance for freedom. We will make clear: They are not alone!
There are currently approximately 780 Palestinian prisoners jailed under administrative detention orders out of a total of approximately 4,650 total Palestinian prisoners in occupation jails. Administrative detention was first introduced to Palestine by the British colonial mandate before being adopted by the Zionist project. Detention orders can be issued for up to six months at a time on the basis of “secret evidence” denied to both the detainee and their lawyer. These orders are indefinitely renewable, with many Palestinians spending years at a time jailed under administrative detention, and neither they nor their families and communities are ever sure when they will be released, an additional form of collective punishment and psychological torture.