Free Palestinian political prisoners!

In a mass action at the US Embassy in Manila, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay scored the US government on its role as “the most ardent supporter of the Zionist Israeli government and the number one human rights violator of the Palestinian peoples,” as at least 1,300 Palestinian political prisoners continue with their coordinated hunger strike which started last April 17, 2017. 

Dubbed the “Strike for Dignity,” the Palestinian PPs’ actions symbolizes their call for freedom, for proper medical care in prison, and for an end to the prohibitions and cuts to family visits, medical neglect, isolation and administrative detention. Approximately 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners behind Israeli bars today. According to the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS), nearly 600 of them are held in administrative detention, imprisoned without charge or trial, while others face military courts with a conviction rate of over 99%. Hundreds of Palestinian children, as young as 12 years old, are held in Israeli prisons. Palestinian political leaders, including PFLP General Secretary Ahmad Sa’adat, Fateh leader Marwan Barghouthi, and Samira Halaiqa and 11 more members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, are held behind bars.

“We stand in solidarity with the political prisoners and peoples of Palestine, who have long been fighting for liberation from their oppressors and occupiers, and many of them were arrested, tortured and detained for fighting for justice and freedom. We strongly condemn the vicious support of the US government, including the Donald Trump administration, for the aggression against the Palestinian people. It continuously egged on and justified numerous attacks against the Palestinian people. By its strong political and military support to the Israeli government, the US is equally guilty of the atrocities committed against Palestine,” Palabay said. 

We support the hunger strike by the Palestinian political prisoners as among the forms of struggle of the Palestinian people. In the Philippines, iron bars also did not hinder the collective efforts of political prisoners conducting similar protests and actions to make known their demands and messages to the government,” she added.

“Oppression and injustice anywhere in the world breeds violations of human rights perpetrated by reactionary states. But the powers-that-be can only imprison physical bodies but not the people’s aspiration for genuine freedom, justice and peace,” ended Palabay.