14 years after the Israeli sentence that imprisoned Palestinian international leader Ahmad Sa’adat and ‘Operation Cast Lead’, Confederación Intersindical (Spanish State) joins the international campaign for the release of Palestinian prisoners.
“You and those who join in support and solidarity (…) are the natural extension of those (…) from whom we learned the meaning of commitment and determination, the extension of those forces and movements for liberation in the world that resist for true democracy and for a world free from exploitation, tyranny and subjugation, where the values of social justice, liberation and dignity prevail”.Letter from Ahmad Sa’adat to George Ibrahim Abdallah. 5th september, 2017
Confederación Intersindical (Spanish State) joins the international call for the release of Ahmad Sa’adat and the more than 4. 750 Palestinian political prisoners who are currently facing administrative detention whereby they are arbitrarily imprisoned without trial or charge – currently more than 820 Palestinians are in this situation -, medical negligence, forced deportation – such as the recent case of the Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri, expelled right now in France -, or the abduction of the bodies of murdered Palestinians who remain imprisoned even after their death.
The case of Ahmad Sa’adat represents the stark reality of Israel’s system of apartheid, repression and imprisonment, which is supported and abetted by countries and international bodies. On 15 January 2002, more than 21 years ago, he was imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority under the pretext of «security cooperation» with the Israeli occupation. Four years later, this leader of the Palestinian national liberation movement and international symbol of resistance to colonisation and apartheid, was abducted from Jericho prison and subsequently sentenced to 30 years in an Israeli prison on charges of leading a «banned organisation».
Confederación Intersindical joins this international week of actions for the freedom of Palestinian prisoners from 14 to 24 January 2023. An international collective call to demand the release of Ahmad Sa’adat, to support the Palestinian prisoners’ movement, to denounce Israel’s continuous violations of international law and human rights and above all to demand once again an end to the colonialism and imperialism that subjugates the Palestinian people.