2022 has been a year of mobilization, struggle and action for the liberation of Palestinian prisoners and the liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea. From campaigns, marches and actions to political education and international solidarity, Samidoun is planning to march into 2023 with even more effective actions to support Palestinian prisoners, the Palestinian people and their resistance.
From New York to Vancouver, from Germany to occupied Palestine, from Toulouse to Madrid to Sao Paolo, from Beirut to Amsterdam, we are growing, building and organizing.
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Below is a brief overview of just some of our work during 2022.
The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat and All Palestinian Prisoners
In January 2022, organizers in cities and countries around the world responded to Samidoun’s call to take action to free Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian prisoners. Marching and demonstrating from New York to Toulouse to Amsterdam to London and beyond, people gathered in their communities, cities and campuses to call for the liberation of one of Palestine’s leaders, imprisoned behind Zionist bars.
In 2023, we are already preparing for the Week of Action to Free Ahmad Sa’adat — with priority focuses on administrative detention, deportation, medical neglect and the imprisonment of the bodies of the martyrs. Join us to take action in your area.
Marching for Return and Liberation
On 29 October 2022, thousands gathered in Brussels, Belgium, for the March for Return and Liberation. This march for Palestinian liberation from the river to the sea, organized by the Masar Badil (Palestinian Alternative Revolutionary Path Movement) together with Samidoun and allies like EuroPalestine, stood clearly with the Palestinian resistance in all of its forms.
Despite harsh attacks from Zionist organizations seeking to criminalize the march, the size, and the vibrancy of the action made it clear that the Palestinian people and their resistance have only continued to grow. In 2023, we’ll keep on the march everywhere for return and liberation for Palestine!
Free Georges Abdallah: The Movement Grows
On Saturday, 22 October, over 1,000 people marched to Lannemezan prison to demand the immediate release of Georges Abdallah, the imprisoned Lebanese Arab Communist struggler for Palestine imprisoned in France since 1984. This mass demonstration, the 12th annual march, was a great success that followed extensive work by many organizations, collectives, campaigns, associations, unions and political parties during a month of action for Abdallah’s freedom.
In 2023, we’ll be working even harder to build the campaign to liberate Georges Abdallah — let us make it the year of his freedom!
Hunger Strike Solidarity: Bodies and Lives on the Line
In 2022, numerous Palestinian prisoners once again put their bodies and lives on the line in ongoing collective and individual struggles for liberation. From Khalil Awawdeh to Raed Rayan to the 50 hunger strikers fighting to end administrative detention, Palestinian prisoners continue to organize and resist behind bars. Around the world, we organized events, actions, mobilizations and campaigns to support their liberation.
In 2023, we can already see that the occupation regime has escalated against the hunger strikers and the freedom they represent — Khalil Awawdeh, Raed Rayan and Ahmad and Adal Musa are continuing to struggle from behind bars. Let’s make this a year of victory for all Palestinian prisoners!
Free the Holy Land Five: Palestinian Political Prisoners in US jails
In November 2022, we joined with our partners at Within Our Lifetime and the Coalition for Civil Freedoms to relaunch the campaign to free the remaining Holy Land Five prisoners: Ghassan Elashi, Shukri Abu Baker and Mufid Abdulqader, serving lengthy sentences in U.S. prison for their charitable work for the Palestinian people. So far, this has included events, actions and mobilization in the US and internationally.
In 2023, we’ll work to build and expand the campaign until the freedom of these Palestinian prisoners is obtained.
Unity of the Fields: Organizing to Stand with the Resistance
In 2022, the Battle of the Unity of the Fields captured worldwide attention and solidarity with the Palestinian resistance, demonstrating once again that the Palestinian people are united and mobilized together for liberation, with the prisoners’ movement at the center of the struggle. From Vancouver to New York to Berlin and Paris, Samidoun organizers held events and actions to build solidarity while also fundraising to support grassroots health care through AWDA in Gaza.
In 2023, we’ll continue to stand with the Palestinian resistance — and show our material solidarity with Palestinians struggling everywhere.
Resisting Repression – From France to Germany to occupied Palestine
In March 2022, the French government officially issued a dissolution order against the Collectif Palestine Vaincra, building upon years of repression targeting Palestine activists and the basic right to boycott Israel. Dozens of organizations in Toulouse and worldwide came together to defend the Collectif — which has already won the first stage of its ongoing court battle, pending the upcoming full appeal in 2023. Meanwhile, in May 2022, the Berlin city government banned all Nakba commemorations, including the mass demonstration organized by Samidoun. In response, many organizations came together to make it clear that Palestine and its people would indeed be seen and heard. Meanwhile, we continue to struggle — like many organizations in Palestine — against the so-called “terrorist” designation imposed on Samidoun in 2021.
In 2023, we’ll keep mobilizing and fighting repression everywhere, inside and outside Palestine. From confronting criminalization to resisting the IHRA definition, we’ll actively defend Palestinian liberation.
Revitalizing the Boycott Movement: Sports Boycott and Anti-Normalization
Boycott campaigns are one effective tactic that people around the world can use to work to cut off the ongoing flow of arms and funds to the occupation regime. Some effective campaigns have moved beyond boycott to direct action, as Palestine Action has done with its successful targeting of Elbit in Britain. Sports boycott is another important frontier for challenging normalization and building a broad base of support for the Palestinian people — and isolation of the Israeli settler colonial project. From the Tour de France to the Tournament of Champions to the World Cup, to joining with our partners to launch the Kick Out Apartheid campaign, Samidoun is taking action.
As shown in the most recent World Cup, sports can be a powerful mechanism to express grassroots support for Palestinian liberation. In 2023, sports boycott will be one part of our array of tactics to confront Zionism everywhere.
Raising Our Voices for Resistance: Media and Events for Palestine
In 2021, Samidoun activists and chaptersorganized street actions, protests, educational events, film screenings, webinars and conferences for Palestine in cities and countries across the globe. Samidoun also remained a resource for media coverage of Palestine and Palestinian political prisoners, with Samidoun representatives appearing on programs in English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese to discuss the Palestinian liberation struggle and Palestinian prisoners. With dozens of media appearances and public events, Samidoun is speaking up and being heard — amplifying the voices of Palestinian prisoners marching towards freedom. 2022 also saw the launch of the Al Falasteniyeh Media Network, a new initiative that is already speaking “From the river to the sea to the world!”
In 2023, we’re committed to build an even louder and more visible presence for the Palestinian prisoners’ movement!
Building the Samidoun Network: Growing our Movement
2022 continued to be a year of building and growth for the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, with our chapters and organizing developing in cities and countries around the world. We held a youth camp in Germany in the summer of 2022 which welcomed dozens of members from across Europe and are planning an even larger event in 2023.
Samidoun organizes with an anti-imperialist, anti-colonialist vision of justice and liberation, confronting imperialism, Zionism and reactionary forces. We work together in anti-imperialist alliances like the International League of Peoples’ Struggles and are joining to plan for 2023’s People’s Tribunal on U.S. Imperialism: Sanctions, Blockades and Coercive Economic Measures. In addition, we do not struggle for justice for Palestine alone, but together with Black Liberation movement, Indigenous sovereign
In 2023, we’re committed to growing and organizing to make our work even more effective – to liberate all Palestinian prisoners, stand with the Palestinian resistance, and realize a free Palestine from the river to the sea. We invite you to join us!