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Palestinians in Ramallah protest against resumption of negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and the Occupation, which are due to start in Washington later this week, July 28, 2013.

Protests were organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and called for by imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the PFLP, who urged Palestinians to “break the barriers of silence and bang on the walls of the tank” to defend Palestinian rights under threat from new negotiations in a letter leaked from prison.

The loss of President Chavez is the loss of a friend of the people of Palestine and the Arab people. This is a day of mourning for the Palestinian people, who will never forget Chavez’s stand with us against the aggression and tyranny of the occupation and its crimes. We will never forget Chavez’s and the Latin American people’s stand with the just struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom, return, self-determination and our independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.
—  Ahmad Sa’adat, general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and political prisoner of the Israeli occupation

Free Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian Political Prisoners!

End Palestinian Authority Security Coordination with Israel!

From January 15-30, 2014, raise your voices around the world for FREEDOM!

Marking the 12th anniversary of the abduction of Ahmad Sa’adat by Palestinian Authority intelligence services, join the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat for FREEDOM WEEKS. Hold sit-ins, rallies, information tables or educational events in your area to call for Freedom for Palestinian Political Prisoners and an End to Palestinian Authority Security Cooperation with the Israeli occupier!

On January 15, 2002, Ahmad Sa’adat, Palestinian leader and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was abducted by Palestinian Authority security services in Ramallah, joining several of his comrades already seized by the Palestinian Authority. Captured at the behest of Israeli occupying forces, Sa’adat and his comrades were held for over four years in the Palestinian Authority’s prison in Jericho, under U.S. and British guards. During that time, Sa’adat was never charged and even the PA’s high court ordered his release: but the demands of Israel, the U.S. and Britain kept him and his comrades behind bars in a Palestinian Authority prison until the prison itself was attacked and the Palestinians held there seized by Israeli military forces on March 14, 2006.

The imprisonment of Ahmad Sa’adat and his comrades is only the tip of the iceberg for Palestinians facing security cooperation with Israel by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. PA intelligence and “preventive security” services detain, interrogate and imprison hundreds of Palestinians, targeting the Palestinian resistance in the “security” interests of the Israeli occupation state – and against the rights and interests of the Palestinian people. The U.S., Canada and the European Union are directly involved in security coordination, providing millions of dollars and training to ensure it continues.

There are over 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners and detainees held in Israeli occupation prisons, including men, women, children, elders, critically ill patients, parliamentarians, students, workers and community and political leaders from the West Bank, Gaza, and occupied Palestine ‘48. A number of Palestinian prisoners are severely ill – and facing medical neglect, mistreatment and abuse. Each day, Palestinians face arrest raids and abductions at the hands of Israeli military forces, torture and abuse in interrogation, and imprisonment for such charges as membership in a Palestinian political party or “incitement” against the occupation forces – or held arbitrarily without charge at all under administrative detention.

On numerous occasions, Palestinians formerly imprisoned in Israeli jails have been interrogated and detained by PA security forces, often shortly after their release; while Palestinians released from PA detention have been arrested by Israeli forces almost immediately following their return home. This “revolving door” has repeatedly been used to suppress Palestinian organizing and limit the impact of released prisoners on their communities. Meanwhile, Israeli officials like Ehud Barak and Yuval Diskin – while expanding settlements, demolishing homes, and besieging Gaza – have praised security coordination with the PA as vitally important in protecting the occupation’s security.

12 years after Ahmad Sa’adat’s abduction by PA forces, join us to say: End Security Coordination! Free all Palestinian Political Prisoners!

Posters and materials for use in your Freedom Weeks are available here: http://freeahmadsaadat.org/resources/

Let the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat know about your local action: email us at campaign@freeahmadsaadat.org. We will list your events on the Campaign website and publicize them.

Suggested actions:

  • Protest at your local Israeli consulate or embassy demanding freedom for Palestinian political prisoners.
  • Protest at official Palestinian embassies and missions demanding an end to security coordination.
  • Phone Palestinian officials at the embassy in your country and call for an end to security coordination with Israel.
  • Distribute flyers or handbills about Ahmad Sa’adat and Palestinian prisoners, and security cooperation
  • Post or drop a banner calling for freedom for Ahmad Sa’adat and Palestinian prisoners in your city.
  • Hold a forum or educational event on Ahmad Sa’adat and Palestinian prisoners’ struggle.
  • For assistance and support in your activities, please contact the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat at campaign@freeahmadsaadat.org.

The General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Ahmad Sa’adat, the Deputy General Secretary, Abu Ahmad Fouad, on behalf of the Political Bureau, Central Committee, and all cadres and members of the Front in the homeland and in diaspora, expressed their sincere condolences to the family of the martyr Comrade Moataz Washaha and the people of Bir Zeit, on the martyrdom of their struggling son, who was murdered on Thursday, February 28 as he heroically resisted and refused the Zionist occupation forces.

In a statement from prison, Sa’adat said that “This is not the first nor the last time that the steadfast town of Bir Zeit and the Washaha family of the martyr have faced with all steadfastness the occupation’s special forces and their heavy weaponry of death, and struggle until their last breath, until death. The martyr Moataz was raised from an early age to love the homeland, love the resistance and fight the occupation. For that he was arrested more than once and was labeled a fugitive and wanted, and even when cornered by treacherous, cowardly Zionist forces, he chose the path of confrontation and refused to surrender, martyred in an unequal battle, but providing an example that leads to victory over the Zionist enemy.”

Sa’adat pledged that the Front would remain faithful to the cause and the sacrifice of the martyr Moataz, who so loved Palestine, to achieve the goals of our people for freedom, return and liberation and the removal of the Zionist entity from our occupied land. His blood, and the blood of all martyrs, will not have been shed in vain, and he will remain inscribed in our memory and that of the generations to come.

PFLP General Secretary Sa’adat transferred to Gilboa prison

The Popular Front’s prison branch reported that the Zionist prison authority has transferred the Front’s General Secretary, Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, from Shata prison to Gilboa prison. 

Graphic by Carlos Latuff

October 17 - On Sunday, Secretary-General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmed Saadat, the man widely regarded to have started the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike now in its 21st day, was transferred from Nafha prison to al-Ramlah prison hospital after his health seriously deteriorated.

"My husband has difficulty moving and talking and his body is weak and exhausted," said Saadat’s wife, Ablah Saadat. "He has been in this condition for one week. My last visit with him was on last Wednesday, just for ten minutes".

Saadat entered his twentieth day of hunger strike today, protesting harsh prison conditions. He has pledged to continue the strike despite his deteriorating health deterioration.

Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Prisoners Affairs Issa Qaraqe explained on Palestinian government radio that President Abbas’ cabinet had demanded the International Red Cross visit Saadat within the coming days.

"I am worried about the danger the prisoners are exposed to due to the hunger strike," he said. "We will start to put more pressure on the Israeli prisons’ administration, to have a dialogue with it in order to reach a settlement and to seek a way to save the lives of these prisoners."

Comrade Sa’adat had been held in isolation for over three years, and this was his first appearance in court since that time. “I will not recognize the legitimacy of this court which is attempting to perpetuate the occupation of our Palestinian land, and is itself one of the fronts of Zionist terrorism against our Palestinian people, and a tool of repression against Palestinian prisoners,” said Sa’adat.

“I say nothing to this court, as I earlier said nothing to this court, which is known to have my name,” said Sa’adat, refusing to provide the court with his name. When asked about not being included in the October 2011 prisoner exchange, Sa’adat replied that “the freedom of the homeland is more important and more dear than my personal freedom, which is inevitable.”

Comrade Sa’adat spoke out at the hearing’s close, exposing the occupation: “If the United States is so interested in human rights and fact-finding they should carry out their investigations into finding the murderers of American solidarity martyr Rachel Corrie who was killed by the forces of the Occupation, instead of attacking the resistance and calling it ‘Terrorism’. Resistance is legitimate, will continue, and will grow as long as the occupation exists,” said Sa’adat.

Saadat said that “The Palestinian people will continue to resist until freedom, liberation and independence, and the return of all the Palestinian people to their homeland, Palestine. The justice of our cause and the steadfastness of our people and determination strong, is stronger than the occupation, and its mockery of courts and legality, no matter how severe the restrictions on the freedom of our people, freedom is inevitable.”

May 28, 2011 - Ahmad Sa’adat, imprisoned Palestinian leader, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, issued a statement from his isolation cell in Nafha prison on May 24, 2011. Sa’adat’s letter marked the anniversary of the Nakba and sent condolences to the entire Palestinian people, and particularly the Palestinian community in exile and diaspora, for the “martyrs of Return” who gave their lives in Jerusalem, the occupied Syrian Golan, Lebanon and Gaza on May 15, 2011, when they were killed by Israeli occupation forces as they protested in mass actions commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba and demanding the implementation of Palestinian refugees’ right of return.

Sa’adat presented his statement to attorney Buthaina Duqmaq, President of the Mandela Foundation for Prisoners and Detainees, who visited him at Nafha. In his comments, he urged the entire Palestinian people to struggle to establish unity in order to move forward in the collective Palestinian national struggle to achieve common goals - return, liberation and self-determination.

Buthaina Duqmaq reported that Sa’adat had high morale despite the conditions of isolation; she noted that he had been deprived of all rights, including family visits and communication with fellow prisoners, yet showed a high level of optimism in light of the news of change and revolution in the Arab world and its potential to support the Palestinian people and their struggle.

Sa’adat commented that “Current circumstances are reshaping our region, and we believe it will be in a direction that serves our cause and our people. These circumstances also lead us to raise our level of confrontation with the occupier and its aggression and rejection of our rights - a commonality shared by all Zionist parties at all levels.”

Sa’adat said that he has great faith in the ability of the Palestinian people to lead where the leadership has failed, saying that these “failed leaders must step aside and recognize that the way forward is the movement of the people,” calling for “action and struggle without restrictions or barriers by any authority, to confront the occupation, on a program of popular resistance and mass mobilization that responds to the diverse interests of our people at every moment and at every time in our cause.”

He also spoke about his own isolation, saying that it is part of an attempt to break the morale and steadfastness of Palestinian prisoners, and that his isolation is a tactic of revenge and has nothing to do with “security reasons.” He described the isolation of prisoners from their fellow prisoners and their environment as an attempt at “slow execution,” killing prisoners “socially if not biologically,” noting that this was the motivation of the Israeli prison administration.

“I refuse to be released on the basis of a ‘condition for negotiations’ and I will not accept the price for my freedom to be several meters of the land of Palestine, the land that we have fought for and been imprisoned for. I refuse to be free on the condition of the expansion of settlements. I refuse this offer, not even a single house for Zionist settlers will be built as the price of my freedom.” – Ahmad Sa’adat, from Gilboa Prison

In an interview with the Palestinian Information Center, Abla Sa’adat (Um Ghassan), Palestinian women’s activist and the wife of imprisoned Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat, recounted Sa’adat’s rejection of any release on the basis of concessions of Palestinian land and rights, expressed to her in their last visit at Gilboa Prison, where Ahmad Sa’adat is being held by the occupation.

This came following reports that the release of Sa’adat and Marwan Barghouti, other imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarians and sick prisoners could be offered in exchange for extended negotiations or political concessions.

Khader Adnan, an imprisoned Palestinian activist and a spokesperson for the Islamic Jihad party, has been on an ongoing hunger strike since December 17. He is facing severe health consequences for his 43-day hunger strike and needs international support and solidarity to publicize his case and that of his nearly 5,000 fellow Palestinian political prisoners inside the jails of the Israeli occupation. He was transferred today to a hospital and is continuing to refuse food, awaiting the arrival of two Palestinian doctors. He is currently in a wheelchair because he cannot walk, due to weakness from his hunger strike.

Addameer details the experience of Khader Adnan with the Israeli occupation. He is currently held under administrative detention (arbitrary detention without charge or trial, based on secret evidence, and renewable indefinitely for repeated periods of up to six months.) Khader Adnan was issued a four-month administrative detention order on January 8, and faces another military court hearing on January 30. This is the eighth time Adnan has been detained, and he has served a total of six years in Israeli prisons - mostly without charge or trial under the administrative detention scheme.

The Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat calls for solidarity with Khader Adnan and all of the steadfast prisoners inside the jails of the Israeli occupation who daily confront with their bodies and their lives the ongoing attacks of the occupation army and prison guards.

Addameer has issued a call to action - we encourage you to take up Addameer’s call, linked here, and also:

Picket, protest or call the Israeli embassy or consulate in your location and demand the immediate freedom of Khader Adnan, Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian political prisoners. Make it clear that you are watching the situation of Khader Adnan and that Israel is responsible for his health and life, and demand an end to the use of isolation, solitary confinement, and administrative detention. Send us reports of your protests at Israeli embassies and consulates at campaign@freeahmadsaadat.org.

Write to the International Committee of the Red Cross and other human rights organizations to exercise their responsibilities and act swiftly to demand that the prisoners’ demands are implemented. Email the ICRC, whose humanitarian mission includes monitoring the conditions of prisoners, at JER_jerusalem@icrc.org, and inform them about the urgent situation of Khader Adnan. Make it clear that arbitrary detention without charge or trial is unacceptable, and that the ICRC must act to protect Palestinian prisoners from cruel and inhumane treatment.

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Ahmad Sa’adat was re-elected Friday as the secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, with Abu Ahmad Fouad chosen as his deputy.

PFLP leader Rabah Mhanna told Ma’an that the leftist faction’s central committee and political bureau members were also elected after a seventh annual convention.

Around half of the political bureau formation, which consists of 19 members, remained the same. 

Fouad lives in Damascus and was previously the head of PFLP military wing and a member of its political bureau.

Fouad replaces Abdul Rahim Mallouh, who resigned in 2010, and was the interim deputy secretary general since then. 

Saadat has been in Israeli custody since 2006, when Israeli forces broke him out of a Palestinian Authority jail in Jericho to put him on trial after the assassination of a cabinet minister.

Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, urged Palestinians to “break the barriers of silence and bang on the walls of the tank” to defend Palestinian rights under threat from new negotiations between the Palestinian Authority in a letter leaked from prison on July 26, 2013.

He called for wide participation among Palestinians in the Sunday demonstrations called by the PFLP  in Ramallah and Gaza against the negotiations, emphasizing that those who claim to represent Palestinians must respect the will of our people.

Sa’adat said that Palestinians in Palestine and in the diaspora must strengthen popular consensus and unity to protect the Palestinian national project and lay the foundations for a new stage of struggle, and resistance in all forms.

Sa’adat earlier told lawyer Buthaina Duqmaq that “the return to negotiations is a violation of the Palestinian national consensus” and “undermine Palestinian reconciliation efforts, and threaten the destruction of the Palestine Liberation Organization.”

He demanded that all Palestinian officials refuse negotiations with the occupation state, saying that negotiating with this criminal state puts the Palestinian cause, and Palestinian internal unity, at significant risk. “It is clear that the negotiating team ignored these conditions, violated national consensus, and instead chose to rely on US guarantees. This has been done previously again and again and never has yielded any results that have compelled the occupying power to respect international law.”

January 15, 2012 is the 10th anniversary of the abduction of Palestinian political leader Ahmad Sa’adat by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah at the hands of the PA intelligence services headed by Tawfiq Tirawi. Sa’adat, the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, has been imprisoned for ten years - first by PA security, then under US and British guard in a PA prison in Jericho, and now, for the past six years, inside Israeli jails alongside thousands of other Palestinian political prisoners after a siege on Jericho and the kidnapping of Sa’adat and his comrades in 2006.

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