INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIAN HUNGER STRIKERS

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Hugh demos both in Ireland and New York..
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The New York Demonstration…
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Photos © by Bud Korotzer
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And in Ireland ….. Elected officials take a stand! (Gotta love the Irish!)
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Irish Politicians Support Demands of Palestinian Hungerstrikers

 

In light of the very critical impending situation of the ongoing hungerstrike by Palestinian prisoners, the Irish Friends of Palestine are currently working to assist the CEPR to gain signatures of Irish TD’s, MP’s and MLA’s throughout Ireland.

We now have a total of 64 Irish parlimentarians who have signed the petition for the CEPR in support of the Palestinian prisoners on hungerstrike. We are proud to say that in the South of Ireland we have every political party represented, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Irish Labour party, Sinn Fein, People Before Profits and Independents.

In the North we have 29 Sinn Fein signatures and we hope other parties in the North will also come on board to sign. The petition states the current situation of administrative detention and covers the 4 demands of the prisoners. The petition will also be put to Parlimentarians throughout the European Union.

Palestinian Hunger Strike petition

Official figures show that over 1,500 Palestinian Prisoners have embarked on a hunger strike in protest against their conditions and Israel’s use of administrative detention. The majority began their protest on April 17th, but there are several who have been without food for much longer. Two individuals, Bilal Diab and Tha’er Halahlah, are in severe medical danger having both been without food for over 70 days.

The prisoner support and human rights association, Addameer, states that 20% of the total Palestinian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (and as high as 40% of the male population) have been arrested by the Israeli authorities. There are currently 4,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, and around 300 of these are being held in administrative detention. Administrative detention is a military practice that allows authorities to indefinitely detain people without charge or trial and without presenting any evidence against them.

The conditions imposed on prisoners and detainees are shocking. It is usual for prisoners to be held in solitary confinement and frequently denied visits from their family. Those in solitary confinement are held in a cell no larger than two and a half square metres, and which contains only a mattress and blanket. Detainees are permitted only one hour of sunlight and fresh air per day, and have their legs and hands cuffed during this time. In one of the most reported cases, Abdullah Barghouti has spent nine years in solitary confinement.

Acknowledging these factors, we, the undersigned, call for an immediate response to the Palestinian non-violent protests. The current situation of Palestinians in Israeli jails is unacceptable. We call on both the Israeli government and international actors to recognise the following demands of prisoners:

1) That International Law and its provisions with regard to administrative detention are respected.2) That Israel ends its policy of administrative detention.

3) That Israel ends its policy of keeping prisoners in solitary confinement.4) That prisoners are allowed to see their families.

Signed:

Joe Costello Minister of State TD Dail Eireann Irish Labour Party

Jan O’Sullivan Minister of State TD Dail Eireann Irish Labour Party

Gerry Adams TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Richard Boyd Barrett TD Dail Eireann People Before Profit Alliance

Robert Troy TD Dail Eireann Fianna Fail

Mary Lou McDonald TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Gerald Nash TD Dail Eireann Irish Labour Party

Maureen O’Sullivan TD Dail Eireann Independent

Michael Colreavy TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Seán Crowe TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Finian McGrath TD Dail Eireann Independent

Dessie Ellis TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Pádraig MacLochlainn TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Patrick Nulty TD Dail Eireann Irish Labour Party

Brian Stanley TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Olivia Mitchell TD Dail Eireann Fine Gael

Thomas Pringle TD Dail Eireann Independent

Caoimhghín O’Caoláin TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Aengus O’Snodaigh TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Pearse Doherty TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Martin Ferris TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Sandra McLellan TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Jonathan O’Brien TD Dail Eireann Sinn Fein

Joan Collins TD Dail Eireann People Before Profit Alliance

Peadar Tóibín TD Dail Eireann Fianna Fail

Senator Susan O’Keefe TD Seanad Eireann Irish Labour Party

Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh TD Seanad Eireann Sinn Fein

Senator Jim Walsh TD Seanad Eireann Fianna Fail

Senator David Cullinane TD Seanad Eireann Sinn Fein

Senator David Norris TD Seanad Eireann Independent

Senator Katherine Zappone TD Seanad Eireann Independent

Senator Ivana Bacik TD Seanad Eireann Irish Labour Party

Senator Terry Leyden TD Seanad Eireann Fianna Fail

Senator Michael Mullins TD Seanad Eireann Fine Gael

Senator Kathryn Reilly TD Seanad Eireann Sinn Fein

Martin McGuinness, MLA, MP, Deputy First Minister Mid Ulster Westminster & NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Conor Murphy MLA, MP Newry & Armagh Westminster & NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Paul Maskey MLA, MP West Belfast Westminster & NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Pat Doherty MLA, MP West Tyrone Westminster & NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Oliver McMullan MLA East Antrim NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Cathal O hOisin MLA East Derry NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Phil Flanagan MLA, Fermanagh & South Tyrone NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Sean Lynch MLA Fermanagh & South Tyrone NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Martina Anderson MLA Foyle NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Raymond McCartney MLA Foyle NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Francie Molloy MLA Mid Ulster NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Michelle O’Neill MLA Mid Ulster NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Cathal Boylan MLA Newry & Armagh NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Mickey Brady MLA Newry & Armagh NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Daithi McKay MLA North Antrim NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Gerry Kelly MLA North Belfast NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Caral Ni Chuilin MLA North Belfast NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Mitchel McLaughlin MLA South Antrim NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Alex Maskey MLA South Belfast NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Chris Hazzard MLA South Down NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Caitriona Ruane MLA South Down NI Assembly Sinn Fein

John O’Dowd MLA Upper Bann NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Fra McCann MLA West Belfast NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Jennifer McCann MLA West Belfast NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Sue Ramsay MLA West Belfast NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Pat Sheehan MLA West Belfast NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Michaela Boyle MLA West Tyrone NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Barry McElduff MLA West Tyrone NI Assembly Sinn Fein

Michelle Gildernew MLA, MP Femanagh & South Tyrone Westminster & NI Assembly Sinn Fein

SUPPORT THE PRISONERS DEMANDS

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4 Comments

  1. Blake said,

    May 10, 2012 at 18:41

    So much respect for the Irish and good on NY too!

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