After noon prayers on Friday SFP activists in Burin and Asira al Qibliya, joined by volunteers from the Bilal Najjar Cultural Centre in Burin, distributed water with salt to those leaving the mosque. The action was to raise the issue of the nearly 200 prisoners entering their 16th day on hunger strike protesting their illegal administrative detention by Apartheid Israel.
Yesterday thousands of prisoners took part in a one day solidarity hunger strike, which SFP members also participated in, and called for a worldwide strike in support of those interned. On Monday 5 May activists learned that in an act if terror Apartheid Israel prison authorities had withdrawn salt to the hunger striking prisoners. Salt is vital for the maintenance of organ function during a prolonged hunger strike. Fears for the health of the hunger strikers has grown, with mothers and sisters of hunger strikers in Nablus yesterday visibly distraught.
In 2012 a mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners broke out and at the time Apartheid Israel promised to limit the use of the illegally interning Palestinians without trial (administrative detention). A few short months later and they had re arrested many Palestinians and now the number of those held illegal under administrative detention stood at 183, including 9 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. All hunger strikers have also been moved to solitary confinement in a further punishment for their peaceful protest.
In a communication read out on Tuesday, prisoners asked all people to raise their issue! particularly internationally. SFP is committed to that request. Therefore we kindly ask everyone around the world to: utilise social media to raise the issue of Palestinian prisoners worldwide; change your profile picture to one in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike (examples can be found on the SFP website); write to your representative and demand they act in support of the prisoners; abide by the Palestinians request for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Apartheid Israel; talk to your friends, family, work colleagues, etc. about Palestinian prisoners and encourage them to support; and create an action group in your city, village, state to target companies that are complicit in crimes against the Palestinians.
If you would like to find out more about how to boycott and the campaign please click here. We particularly ask that activists work towards actions related to the British/Dutch firm G4S, which supplies much of the prison infrastructure used by Apartheid Israel. For more details on G4S and the Stop G4S campaign in the UK please click here.