On Saturday, 1 October, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, the Lebanese Arab communist struggler for Palestine jailed in France for the past 38 years, announced that he was going on a one-day hunger strike in solidarity with the 30 Palestinian prisoners striing for freedom. Since 25 September, 30 Palestinians jailed without charge or trial under “administrative detention” have been on hunger strike for freedom.
In a letter to the director of Lannemezan Prison, where he is held, he declared: “In solidarity with the Palestinian resistance strugglers imprisoned in Zionist jails who are on hunger strike to denounce their arbitrary detention and demand the repeal of the law allowing administrative detention, I am on hunger strike today, 1 October.”
Georges Abdallah is a committed struggler for Palestine who is recognized as part of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement by the Palestinian prisoners themselves. He has repeatedly participated in hunger strikes and refused meals in solidarity with his comrades imprisoned by the Israeli occupation, such as in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
On 22 October, stand for freedom for Georges Abdallah by joining the demonstration for his release outside Lannemezan prison. This mobilization brings large numbers every year to make it clear that Georges Abdallah’s comrades will never cease to struggle for his liberation! Join the demonstration to call for the liberation of all Palestinian prisoners. The Collectif Palestine Vaincra will be organizing a bus from Toulouse to the march; to reserve a seat, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Georges Abdallah carried on his hunger strike in solidarity with the prisoners, the Collectif organized a solidarity stand in central Toulouse, with many passers-by taking solidarity photos for Georges Abdallah and the 30 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.
This Toulouse action came alongside mobilizations in Manchester, England; Cologne, Germany; Vancouver, Canada; and elsewhere.
In Paris, Samidoun Paris Banlieue joined with the Collectif to Boycott Israeli Apartheid Paris Banlieue to protest Puma’s support for the Zionist project and to show solidarity with Georges Abdallah and the Palestinian prisoners. Puma is a sponsor of the Israel Football Association as well as Maccabi Tel Aviv, profiting from and linking itself to colonial sports.
This came one day after joining the mobilization organized by the Unitary Campaign to Free Georges Abdallah in Paris to rally for the hunger strikers and for the liberation of Georges Abdallah.