A Palestinian student holds one of two images of his brother currently detained in Israel’s Nafha Prison. Hussain Mustafa Al-Loh is serving a 99-year prison term without ever being formally indicted. His family, like many families in Gaza and elsewhere, await his return.
During the 1981 Irish hunger strike led by Bobby Sands, a statement was smuggled out of Nafha Prison from the Palestinian prisoners behind the wire and sent to the families of the 10 men who died. Below is the text of that message: “To the families of the martyrs oppressed by the British ruling class. To the families of Bobby Sands and his martyred comrades. We, revolutionaries of the Palestinian people who are under the terrorist rule of Zionism, write you this letter from the desert prison of Nafha. We extend our salutes and solidarity with you in the confrontation against the oppressive terrorist rule enforced upon the Irish people by the British ruling elite. We salute the heroic struggle of Bobby Sands and his comrades, for they have sacrificed the most valuable possession of any human being. They gave their lives for freedom. From here in Nafha prison, where savage snakes and desert sands penetrate our cells, from here under the yoke of Zionist occupation, we stand alongside you. From behind our cell bars, we support you, your people and your revolutionaries who have chosen to confront death. Since the Zionist occupation, our people have been living under the worst conditions Conditions. Our militants who have chosen the road of liberty and chosen to defend our land, people and dignity, have been suffering for many years. In the prisons, we are confronting Zionist oppression and their systematic application of torture. Sunlight does not enter our cell. Basic necessities are not provided. Yet we confront the Zionist hangmen, the enemies of life. Many of our militant comrades have been martyred under torture by the fascists allowing them to bleed to death. Others have been martyred because Israeli prison administrators do not provide needed medical care. The noble and just hunger strike is not in vain. In our struggle against the occupation of our homeland, for freedom from the new Nazis, it stands as a clear symbol of the historical challenge against the terrorists. Our people in Palestine and in the Zionist prisons are struggling as your people are struggling against the British occupation and we will both continue until victory. On behalf of the prisoners of Nafha, we support your struggle and cause of freedom against English domination, against Zionism and against fascism in the world. ”
Ahmad Sa’adat, Palestinian national leader and imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was attacked in his cell in the Nafha prison camp as part of a campaign of attacks and aggression by Israeli prison guards against Palestinian political prisoners in the prison camp. Sa’adat is one of thirty injured Palestinian prisoners in the attack by the guards, which began on Monday, 27 July and continued into the early hours of Tuesday, 28 July.
Palestinian prisoners were violently attacked in their cells by guards and resisted the assaults and confiscations of their belongings; several cells in the prison were burning. The Israeli occupation officials announced a prohibition on family visits from Gaza to Nafha. (Sa’adat has been denied family visits for two years and is currently waging a court battle to stop the arbitrary prohibition on family visits.)
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued a statement holding the occupation accountable for the life of Sa’adat and his fellow prisoners and warning that Palestinian prisoners will take action in response to this violent attack on a Palestinian leader and his fellow prisoners.
There are multiple protests planned in Palestine against this attack, including one protest at10:00 am in Gaza City on Wednesday, 29 July. Organize protests in your city – protest at the Israeli consulate or take action for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the occupation. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org about solidarity actions in your area!