A call from Palestine: Take action for the freedom of Ahmad Sa’adat and Palestinian prisoners

We urge all friends and supporters of Palestine to read the following statement, first issued in Arabic by the Handala Center for Prisoners and Former Prisoners, and join us to take action this January 14-24, 2023 to free Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners! Visit our resource page for posters, flyers, graphics and materials to build the campaign in your area.

Sa’adat turned his trial into a trial of the occupation: Announcing the launch of the International Week of Solidarity with Ahmed Sa’adat

On this day in the year 2008, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the revolutionary leader Ahmed Sa’adat, “Abu Ghassan,” stood up to put the occupier on trial instead, and turn his sham trial into a trial of the occupation, throughout which he refused to engage or recognize the legitimacy of the Zionist entity or its courts. Instead, he boycotted the military courts and emphasized the choice of our Palestinian people to continue their resistance with all their might, confronting in all forms the artificially imposed Zionist entity and transforming the prison into a new arena of struggle and confrontation against the occupier.

In this context, the International Campaign of Solidarity with the Leader Ahmed Saadat announces the launch of the national and international week in an international campaign between the 21st anniversary of his kidnapping by the security services of the Palestinian Authority on 15 January 2023, through 24 January 2023.  This week also comes in a tribute to the martyrs of the massacres committed by the Zionist entity in its brutal aggression against Gaza in 2008 (“Operation Cast Lead”), launched only one day after the trial of Comrade Sa’adat.

The campaign called upon all solidarity networks, resistance forces, support groups for Palestine and the prisoners, and boycott campaigns around the world to participate widely in this call to action and expand the circle of solidarity with Ahmad Sa’adat and all of the Palestinian prisoners in the jails of the occupation. It is particularly important to shed light on their suffering now, as the criminal Itamar Ben Gvir will soon assume the responsibility for the so-called “Ministry of Internal Security” for the Zionist project, which includes the file of the prisoners. These actions further come in rejection of the Palestinian Authority’s “security coordination” approach that was the main reason and context which enabled the occupation’s kidnapping of the leader Ahmad Sa’adat and his comrades in 2006, and to pressure the occupation to release the bodies of the martyrs and end the policies of medical neglect and administrative detention. 

This international call for action is a cry of anger by the Palestinian people, the solidarity movement and supporters of the resistance and its legitimacy, which is embodied by the leader Ahmad Sa’adat and his comrades in the prisoners’ movement, and of support for the prisoners’ movement in the fierce battle that will only intensify to confront the next fascist government of the Zionist regime after the announcement of its formation.

Ahmad Sa’adat and the prisoners’ movement are resisting on the front lines of struggle and deserve our effort, work and initiative through all forms of solidarity and support.

With loyalty to the leader Ahmad Sa’adat, his comrades, and the prisoners’ movement

Glory to the martyrs and to the martyr of the prisoners’ movement, the imprisoned leader Nasser Abu Hmeid. Victory is certain

The International Campaign of Solidarity with the Leader Ahmed Saadat

25 December 2022