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SFP CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: SFP calls for support for Palestine’s female farmers

SFP calls for support for Palestine’s female farmers

Following on from our successful olive tree and 10685128_10205671740607009_1515945103_nthyme planting campaigns, today the SFP Steering Committee is launching a campaign to specifically work with and support female Palestinian farmers. We are asking our supporters for their kind donations to help us achieve our goal of supporting female farmers to remain steadfast on the land and support their economic development in the face of a the brutal Israeli Occupation.11128946_10205671740647010_1924450666_n

The Palestinian herb thyme is a major source of income for Palestinian women, who grow the herb used in the famous Palestinian tea, selling it at markets across Palestine. SFP has already been working with women-led groups in Biddiya, Saffa, Beit Furik and Ramallah, planting thyme, olive and lemon trees and taking direct action against the Occupation. We want to expand that support to more villages and land, helping to support female cooperatives across Palestine.

Palestinian women have been at the forefront of the resistance to the illegal Occupation of their lands. All-female cooperatives that exist across Palestine have historically enhanced the spirit of cooperation among women, working together to protect all Palestine’s lands, which are permanently exposed to attacks by settlers and colonial Armies.

SFP would like to thank everyone that has supported us to date and particularly our regularly planting campaigns. We would be very grateful if you would consider donating again so we may now assist Palestinian female farmers. Please click here to find out how to donate and please share this campaign widely.11077785_10205614993668371_807177986581112154_o

 حركة تضامن من اجل فلسطين حره sfp بدأت بتوزيع اشتال الزعتر  والزيتون على السيدات في القرى الفلسطينيه .

بدأت حركة تضامن من اجل فلسطين حره sfp بتوزيع آلاف الاشتال من الزعتر والزيتون والليمون على المزارعين وقامت بتوزيع اشتال الزعتر على السيدات المزارعات في مناطق رام الله ونابلس ,وسوف يستمرون بتوزيع الاشتال على بقية المناطق .

ويهدف هذا المشروع الى بناء تعاونيات زراعيه نسويه بهدف تعزيز دور المرأة في حماية الأرض الفلسطينيه وصمودها ,وتعزيز دور المرأة الفلسطينية في الإنتاج الزراعي   .

إن هذه التعاونيات من شانها بناء روح التعاون لدى النساء مع بعضهن البعض من اجل حمايه الأرض خاصة ان الأرض الفلسطينية تتعرض بشكل دائم لاعتداءات المستوطنين .

الزعتر :يشكل الزعتر مصدرا رئيسيا في تحسين أوضاع المزارع الفلسطيني حيث يتم قطفه مرتين الى ثلاث مرات وبيعه في الأسواق ويعتبر الزعتر من الوجبات الرئيسيه في البيت العربي بشكل عام والفلسطيني بشكل خاص.

إن حركة تضامن تشكر كل من ساهم في دعمنا من اجل شراء الزعتر ونأمل من الجميع دعمنا لاستمرار ألحمله من اجل حماية أرضنا ودعم النساء الفلسطينيات .

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SFP official Facebook page

Dear Friends,
Our old page was hacked and we have not been able to get it back. So we would like to welcome to the new and official Facebook page for Solidarity Movement for a Free Palestine (SFP).
Please ‘like’ and share this page with your friends and colleagues. This is where we will be posting about all our activities in Palestine.
Please note anything posted on the old Facebook page after December 2014 was not us.
From the river to the sea Palestine will be free.
SFP Steering Commitee
الى كافة الاصدقاء
مرحبا بكم في صفحتنا الجديده والرسميه لحركة تضامن من اجل فلسطين حره SFP
مع العلم انه تم اختراق صفحتنا القديمه وحاولنا جاهدين استعادتها ولكن لم نتمكن من ذلك, وبذلك نعلن ان اي مواضيع يتم نشرها بعد شهر كانون اول 2014 على الصفحه القديمه لا علاقه لنا بها .
هذه الصفحه الجديده سوف يتم نشر كافة الانشطه لحركه تضامن SFP في فلسطين عليها ولهذا ندعوكم للانضمام والمشاركه ودعوة كاقة الاصدقاء
من النهر الى البحر.. يدا بيد من اجل فلسطين حره
اللجنه التوجيهيه لحركة تضامن من اجل فلسطين حره sfp

Official SFP Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/Solidaritymovementsfp

 

Reclaiming the Land: SFP launches its 2014 olive tree and thyme planting campaign

Reclaiming the land

SFP launches olive tree and thyme appeal

SFP Olive trees and thyme

Today SFP is launching an appeal for donations to fund the purchase of olive trees and thyme to reclaim stolen Palestinian land. The appeal forms part of SFP’s philosophy to support our fellow Palestinians not only to remain steadfast on their land but also to take back the land from the Occupiers.

Year on year the Occupation has stolen more and more Palestinian land. SFP and our volunteers say no more. We are taking proactive, non-violent action to reclaim the land and help build a free Palestinian State.

We kindly ask people locally and around the world to help us in this endeavour by donating whatever you can enabling us to purchase olive trees and thyme. The trees and herbs are planted with farmers with the support of SFP volunteers and help create a sustainable income for the local community as well supporting resistance to the illegal Occupation.

Olive trees are a symbol of Palestine and the Palestinian struggle. They support life across the land and the Israeli Occupation is systematically trying to destroy that history and legacy.

This year SFP is also expanding our annual appeal to include the purchase of thyme. Thyme is also integral to Palestine and particularly Palestinian women who grow the herb, providing the main ingredient to the delicious Palestinian tea served across the Middle East.

We would be very grateful for any donations you were able to make and our volunteers will plant in your name.

To find out how to donate please visit our ‘Donate’ page where you can donate to Palestinian or American bank accounts and via PayPal.

Thank you.

SFP Steering Committee

 

SfP حركة تضامن من اجل فلسطين حره تطلق ندائها من اجل حملة ” صامدون كشجر الزعتر والزيتون”

اليوم حركة تضامن sfp تطلق ندائها لكافة الاصدقاء من اجل تمويل شراء اشتال الزعتر والزيتون وذلك لاستصلاح الاراضي التي تعرضت للاعتداء من قبل المستوطنين والتي تتعرض للمصادرة من قبل الاحتلال الاسرائيلي .
هذا النداء يأتي ضمن رؤيه وفلسفه حركة تضامن في دعم صمود الفلسطينين وحثهم ومساعدتهم على استعاده الأرض الفلسطينية .
إن الاحتلال الإسرائيلي مستمر في مصادرة الأراضي وبناء المستوطنات , وهنا نقول كفى ,لا للمصادره لا للاعتداء وسنعمل من خلال المقاومة الشعبية اللاعنفيه لاستعادة الأرض وبناء دولتنا الفلسطينية .
إن هذا النداء لأصدقائنا المحليين والدوليين في كل مكان في العالم للتبرع من اجل مساعدتنا في شراء اشتال الزيتون والزعتر ,والذي سوف نقوم بزراعته واستصلاح الاراضي بجهود المتطوعين من نشطاء المقاومه الشعبيه في حركة تضامن sfp وبالتعاون مع المزارعين الفلسطينيين .
أشجار الزيتون هي رمز لفلسطين والنضال الفلسطيني لأنها تمثل الحياه والتاريخ والتراث والأرض والاحتلال الإسرائيلي يسعى وبشكل منهجي ودائم لتدمير هذا التاريخ والتراث .
SfP حركة تضامن شملت هذا العام اشتال الزعتر كعامل مساند للزيتون خاصة ان انتاج الزيتون غير ثابتا ويختلف من سنه لأخرى كما ان الزعتر والزيت (وجبه شعبيه فلسطينيه ) والزعتر له مذاق جيد مع الشاي وهو يباع بشكل كبير في العالم .كما ان الزعتر يمكن ان يساهم في مشاركه المراة الفلسطيتيه في الانتاج من خلال قطف الزعتر وتجفيفه وتسويقه مع العلم ان الزعتر يقطف ثلاث الى اربع مرات سنويا .
نحن دائما نود ان تكون معنا وتزرع معنا واذا لم تستطيع تبرع لنا وسوف نزرع باسمك ,
لمعرفة كيفية التبرع يرجى زيارة صفحة “تبرع” لدينا حيث يمكنك التبرع لحسابات مصرفية أمريكية وفلسطينية أو عن طريق PayPal.
شكرا لك.
اللجنة التوجيهية SFP

22/09/14: Stay humanized

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

On Monday 22 September SFP, Palestinian political parties, organisations and associations united to call on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to act in the case of Palestinian political prisoners. Activists  delivered an open letter to the head of the Nablus branch of the ICRC calling of the ICRC to uphold its principle of humanity and act to secure the release of the nearly 7,000 Palestinians interned by Apartheid Israel.

Accompanied by families of prisoners the activists held pictures of the prisoners interned by Apartheid Israel and called on the ICRC to act. The letter called on the ICRC to apply pressure on Israel to cease its mass internment of Palestinians, stop its use of all forms of torture (including psychological) and end the use of administrative detention. It also requested the ICRC ensures proper health care and living conditions for Palestinian detainees, with uninhibited access to legal advice and family visits. A copy of the letter can be found here.

SFP implores the World, not just the ICRC, to act to bring Palestinian held by Apartheid Israel back home to their families. SFP members are also being held by Apartheid Israel and SFP asks people of conscience around the world to help us secure their release: 73 year old Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq and 24 year old Ghassan Najjar. For more details about Dr. Yousef and Ghassan and what you can do to help please click here.

 

اليوم الاثنين 22-9-2014 ضمن نشاطات التضامن مع الاسرى نظمت لجان المقاومه الشعبيه sfp والاحزاب والمؤسسات الوطنيه وقفه تضامنيه امام الصليب الأحمر الدولي في نابلس حيث ردد المشاركون الشعارات الداعمه للأسرى والمطالبه بحريتهم مطالبين الصليب الأحمر ان يقف مع الحق ضد الانتهاكات الاسرائيليه بحق الأسرى الفلسطينيين خاصة ان الاحتلال يحتجز قرابه السبعه آلاف أسير فلسطيني من ضمنهم خمسمائه أسير يخضعون للاعتقال الاداري , وقد قام الاحتلال بسحب الانجازات التي حققها الاسرى بدمائهم وتضحياتهم واضرابهم عن الطعام ..كما اكد المشاركون دعمهم لكافه الاسرى وللاسير الدكتور يوسف عبد الحق73سنه , منسق اللجنه الثقافيه في المنتدى التنويري ,وللاسير غسان النجار من بورين المحتجز في مركز تحقيق بتاح تكفا والذي يمنع من التواصل مع المحامي لغايه الان, وبعد الانتهاء قام المنظمون بتسليم رساله الى ممثل الصليب الأحمر في نابلس أكدت فيه ضرورة التحرك بشكل سريع وجدي لإنقاذ الأسرى والعمل على حريتهم

22/09/14: ESTATE HUMANIZADO

“Si eres neutral en situaciones de injusticia, has elegido el lado del opresor. Si un elefante tiene su pie en la cola de un ratón y tú dices que eres neutral, el ratón no apreciará Tu neutralidad” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

El lunes 22 de septiembre SFP (Movimiento Solidaridad por Palestina N de T), partidos políticos palestinos, organizaciones y asociaciones se unieron para pedir al Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR) para actuar en el caso de los presos políticos palestinos. Los activistas entregaron una carta abierta al jefe de la sucursal de Nablus llamando al Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja (CICR) a defender su principio de humanidad y que actue para lograr la liberación de los casi 7.000 palestinos recluidos por Israel apartheid.

Acompañado por familiares de los presos, los activistas tenian fotografías de los presos internados por el Apartheid de Israel y pidieron al CICR actuar. La carta llamó al CICR a ejercer presión sobre Israel para que ponga fin a su encarcelamiento en masa de los palestinos, detener su uso de cualquier forma de tortura (incluida la psicológica) y poner fin al uso de la detención administrativa. También pidió al CICR garantizar una atención médica adecuada y las condiciones de vida de los detenidos palestinos, con acceso sin restricciones a las visitas familiares y de asesoramiento legal. Una copia de la carta se puede encontrar aquí.

SFP le pide al mundo, no sólo a CICR, a actuar para que los palestinos tomados por el Apartheid Israel regresen a sus casas con sus familias. Miembros de SFP también están en manos del Apartheid Israeli y SFP pide al pueblo con conciencia de todo el mundo ayudar a asegurar su liberación: Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq de 73 años y Ghassan Najjar de 24 años de edad.

21/09/14: Ghassan Najjar detention renewed for a fourth time

Today SFP member and community activist Ghassan Najjar again had his interrogation order renewed by an Israeli Military Judge inside Petah Tikva interrogation facility. This is the fourth renewal of Ghassan’s interrogation order since his kidnapping on 27 August 2014. To date he has had no access to proper legal advice, other than a short conference with his lawyer in the few minutes in which he appears in Court.

Ghassan’s detention comes as SFP, Nablus popular resistance, organisations and associations are united in their condemnation of the detention on nearly 7,000 Palestinians in Israeli Apartheid Prisons. Tomorrow SFP will join other groups, including Palestinian political parties, in calling on the International Committee of the Red Cross to fulfill their obligations to Palestinian detainees and apply pressure to Apartheid Israel for their immediate and unconditional release.

In the meantime we ask you to continue to email the British Consulate in Jerusalem asking them to use their diplomatic wait to ensure Ghassan has unfettered access to his lawyer and is ultimately released. You can email the Consulate via Suha Zeidan – suha.zeidan@fco.gov.uk

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14/09/14: ACTION ALERT: Ghassan’s detention order renewed for 3rd time

On Sunday 14 September Ghassan Najjar, community activist and SFP Steering Committee member, appeared before Petah Tikva interrogation facility court where a military Judge renewed Ghassan’s detention order for another 7 days. This is the third renewal following his kidnapping on 27 August.

Ghassan’s family are extremely concerned for Ghassan’s health. As previously reported by SFP Ghassan has an underlying knee injury, which he was due to have surgery on and in the meantime was receiving daily painkilling injections. Ghassan is also suffering back pain from the stress positions he is being held in during interrogation. He is receiving medication but typically this is only aspirin and Israeli prison doctors have been accused on many occasions of turning a blind eye to evidence of torture of detainees and inadequate care.

Ghassan was kidnapped from his home on 27 August and since then he has only been able to briefly call his parents once. His lawyer is only able to see him in court for the few minutes he appears and the Israeli Military Judge renews the order under which the Israeli Security Services can continue to hold Ghassan. Ghassan has had no legal advice and his lawyer has not had access to the ‘evidence’ against him. He is also not able to be present with Ghassan while he is being interrogated, which can typically last for hours each day, before detainees are returned to isolation.

Petah Tikva is a notorious interrogation facility inside historical Palestine (‘Israel’), in violation of international law, which states that prisoners must not be transferred out of the territory they are detained within by the occupying force. This also prevents many families from being able to visit their loved ones, as Palestinians are regularly denied permits to travel inside ’48 (historical Palestine, ‘Israel’). Many Gazan families are permanently denied, with their loved one often not seeing their family for many years.

Human rights organisations have repeatedly documented cases of torture, with Palestinians held for weeks on end in tiny cells, subjected to extreme temperatures and constant artificial light. They are then interrogated by the Israeli Security Services for hours on end, shackled with their hands behind their back to metal chairs. Many Palestinians also report beatings and threats against them and their families if they do not ‘confess’. Lawyers are not able to access or accompany their clients during these weeks of interrogation.

On Tuesday 9 September 35 year old Raed al-Jabari died while in Israeli custody. Raed was due for release on bail but was pronounced dead, with the Israeli Prison Service claiming he hung himself. However, following an autopsy, which showed no marks around his neck you’d expect to see if someone hung themselves, the cause of death was established as internal bleeding from multiple blows. It is clear Raed was murdered by the Israeli prison authorities, following his torture. In a similar case a week prior to Raed’s murder, 33 year old Muhammad Hussein Rabee was hospitalised after being tortured for 35 days inside another notorious Israeli interrogation facility in Jerusalem, known as the ‘Russian Compound’.

As of 31 July there were 6,578 Palestinians illegally held by Apartheid Israel, this includes 446 Palestinians held under what is known as administrative detention orders. These detainees receive no trial and are not charged, and their lawyer has no access to any ‘evidence’ against them. They are held under secret orders authorised by an Israeli Military Judge, which can be renewed indefinitely. 73 year old Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq, a community leader and SFP member, is currently being held under a 4 month administrative detention order after he was kidnapped in the middle of night by the Israeli Army on 26 August.

The number of detainees held by Apartheid Israel has already rapidly grown with many Palestinians kidnapped during Israel’s war on the people of Gaza not included in the above figure. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society also released a statement that in the last week alone a further 174 Palestinians had been kidnapped across the West Bank area of Palestine.

SFP urgently asks all friends around the world to sign and share our petition calling for the immediate release of Dr. Yousef and Ghassan.To sign the petition and share with your friends and colleagues please click here.

Please also see our campaign, with suggested letters for your respective representatives, regarding he illegal detention of Dr. Yousef.

In addition, we would ask that you kindly continue to email the British Consulate in Jerusalem asking them to intervene in the case of Ghassan. Ghassan’s one year old son is half British and both his son and British wife are understandably distraught. Please email Suha Zeidan (suha.zeidan@fco.gov.uk) at the Consulate and ask them to visit Ghassan in Petah Tikva and raise the matter of his immediate release with the Israeli Government.

Your help does make a difference and we understand was the reason Ghassan was able to finally, briefly, call home. We kindly ask you keep up that pressure until Ghassan and Dr. Yousef are both safely home with their families, along with all Palestinian political detainees. Dr. Yousef and Ghassan both tirelessly campaigned for Palestinian prisoners, suffering harassment and imprisonment from the Occupation as a result. Ghassan is due back in Court on Sunday 21 September, where is interrogation could be renewed again, please keep up the pressure and demand his unconditional release.

اليوم الاحد -2014-09-14 ..قررت المحكمه الاسرائيليه في مركز تحقيق بتاح تكفا  تمديد توقيف  الاسيرغسان النجار ثمانية ايام اخرى,و يذكر ان غسان معتقل  منذ حوالي 18 يوم  يوما مع العلم ان هذا التمديد هو الثالث في ظل ظروف صحيه  صعبه يعيشها غسان النجار حيث لازال ممنوعا من التواصل مع المحامي ومع عائلته, وقالت والدته انها تشعر بالقلق على صحة ابنها غسان الذي يعاني من اوجاع في الظهر والقدم  والذي يعيش ظروفا نفسيه صعبه وقاسيه وناشدت الهيئات الدوليه التدخل من اجل اطلاق سراح ابنها غسان  وتامين العلاج له كما طالبت من كافه الهيئات الانسانيه والحقوقيه  التدخل من اجل السماح للمحامي زيارة غسان

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10/09/14: Thank you – Ghassan able to telephone home

Yesterday Ghassan Najjar was able to telephone his parents from Petah Tikva interrogation facility, where he has been held in isolation since 31 August. He confirmed that bar his back pain, that he is now receiving medication for, he was doing well.

SFP would like to thank all those that wrote to the British Consulate and signed our online petition. We urge you to continue to email the Consulate (details below) and sign and share our petition as Ghassan is due back in Court, where a Judge could extend his detention again, on Sunday.

This demonstrates your solidarity and action really does make a difference. The Red Cross contacted the Israeli Prison Authorities and shortly afterwards Ghassan was able to make a short phone call home. We hope with your continued help, Ghassan will have full access to his lawyer and return home soon.

Please continue to write to the British Consulate in Jerusalem urging them to maintain pressure on the Israeli Authorities to release Ghassan safely to his family. Ghassan’s one year old, half British son, is very much looking forward to seeing his father.

You can email Suha Zeidan at the British Consulate in Jerusalem at Suha.zeidan@fco.gov.uk

Please also sign and share our petition calling for the immediate release of Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq and Ghassan.

UPDATE (07/09/14): Detention of Ghassan Najjar – lawyer denied access

Yesterday, Sunday 7 September, Ghassan Najjar, kidnapped from his home in Burin nearly 2 weeks ago, appeared again before Petah Tikva Military Court. His detention for interrogation was again extended for a further 7 days. The lawyer was not able to speak to Ghassan as the Shabak (Israeli internal intelligence) denied him access.

In addition, we have learned that Ghassan is suffering from back pain and the Israeli prison service has denied him medical care. The lawyer managed to get this information from the Prosecutor yesterday as he was unable to see Ghassan. Ghassan also has a previous knee injury for which he was due to have surgery. He was on pain killing injections and we assume these have not been administered either. Palestinian prisoners are often held in stress positions for hours at a time during interrogation. The pain Ghassan is suffering is only likely to increase due to this torture.

Ghassan was transferred to Petah Tikva from Huwwara Military Camp on Sunday 31 August. Since then he has been held in isolation and interrogated without the presence of a lawyer or contact with any family member. Petah Tikva interrogation facility is inside historical Palestine (Israel) and therefore Ghassan’s lawyer is unable to attend and we are reliant on temporary Palestinian lawyers inside ’48 to attend Court. Normally lawyers are allowed access to their clients, however Ghassan has been denied access to his lawyer.

Ghassan’s family are distraught. The olive harvest is due to start shortly and Ghassan played a key role helping his elderly mother and father harvest their trees, which are in the most dangerous areas of his village, near the illegal colonies of Bracha and Yitzhar. SFP is supporting Ghassan’s family and in regular contact. We have launched a petition and we kindly as that you all sign and share the petition widely. Please click here to sign.

We are particularly asking that people write to the British authorities and the British Consulate in Jerusalem as Ghassan’s wife and child are British citizens. Please write and call the British Consulate and demand they visit Ghassan in Petah Tikva. Details are below:

British Consulate General
15 Nashashibi Street
Sheikh Jarrah Quarter

East Jerusalem 97200
P O Box 19690
The Occupied Palestinian Territories

In addition, SFP is urgently requesting volunteers to assist farmers in harvesting their olives in the dangerous areas. If you would like to join us this harvest please click here for more details.

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UPDATE: Detention of Dr. Yousef and Ghassan Najjar

Ghassan Najjar:

Yesterday SFP activists attended Salem Military Court with Ghassan’s lawyer as we had been told Ghassan would appear in Court. By the afternoon it became clear Ghassan was not at Salem. After investigations by his lawyer SFP was informed that Ghassan had appeared in the secret Court at Petah Tikva on Sunday 31 August, where he had been transferred. His detention was extended for a further 7 days.

Petah Tikva is the notorious interrogation facility where Palestinians held there are held in isolation and have no access to legal advice or outside contact. Ghassan was transferred there for interrogation along with Yassar Bashar Qadous (18 years old) who was arrested from Burin one day after Ghassan.

Ghassan was held for over a month at Tikva in 2010, so knows all too well the games the Israeli interrogators will use. Therefore, SFP suspects Yassar has been arrested in order to try and apply pressure to him, due to his lack of experience, to talk against Ghassan.

Ghassan is a father of 1 year old, who he was very much looking forward to spending time with when his son visited Palestine.

SFP is in constant contact with their families and all the youth of Burin. We will shortly be launching a campaign for the release of Ghassan and would kindly ask you to keep checking our website for details of what you can do to help. In the meantime if you would like to send a message of solidarity to Yassar’s and Ghassan’s family, SFP are collating messages that we will pass on to the family. Please email us here with your message.

Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq:

On the same day SFP learned of Ghassan’s transfer we also spoke to Dr. Yousef’s lawyer who confirmed an Israeli Judge had approved an order to detain Dr. Yousef for 4 months without trial or charge, known as administrative detention.

Dr. Yousef is 73 years old and suffers from high blood pressure. SFP will be launching an urgent appeal later today for Dr. Yousef’s immediate and safe release. Like Ghassan and Yassar we are in constant contact with Dr. Yousef’s family. If you would like to send a message of solidarity to Dr. Yousef’s family, SFP are collating messages that we will pass on to the family. Please email us here with your message.

N.B. PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE REGULARLY AS APPEALS FOR BOTH MEN WILL BE LAUNCHED SHORTLY AND WE WOULD KINDLY ASK YOU SHARE AND SPREAD AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE THE APPEALS.

PLEASE ALSO FEEL FREE TO CHANGE YOUR PROFILE PICTURE ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO THE IMAGE BELOW.

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URGENT: SFP activists kidnapped by the Israeli Army

On 25 August Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq was arrested from his home by the Israeli Army. Dr. Yousef is a retired Professor at An-Najah National University and runs the Tanweer Cultural Forum in Nablus, as well as a member of SFP. A man in his 70s Dr. Yousef has been subjected to years of imprisonment and harassment by Apartheid Israel. To this date SFP have still be unable to track his whereabouts and no lawyer has had any contact with him.

He was arrested from his home in Nablus, where his daughter was the only one at home with him at the time. It was part of a campaign of arrests by the Israeli State to attack the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Several other people were arrested across the West Bank, including Abu Keefah, a comrade of SFP, and refugee living in Balata refugee camp. Both men are older and SFP demands their immediate release. We implore people around the world to sign the campaign letter launched by Samidoun organisation and we will be posting further updates as they become available.

Dr. Yousef on the right with SFP in the Jordan Valley

 

Following Dr. Yousef’s arrest, Ghassan Najjar, SFP Steering Committee member, was arrested from his home in Burin on 27 August. Ghassan is a community leader and has been imprisoned by Apartheid Israel previously. The day before he had defended the children of Burin as they were at school and the Israeli Army attempted to arrest the children.

Ghassan was taken to Huwwara Military camp. While other SFP members were visiting his family, his family received a phone call from soldiers at Huwwara at approximately 17:00 stating he was still at the camp. SFP’s lawyer had been told earlier in the day he was going to be transferred to a prison inside the ’48 territories.

SFP demands and will work tirelessly until Ghassan, Dr. Yousef and all Palestinian prisoners are home free. We ask you to please raise the issue with your local representative, asking them to raise Ghassan and Dr. Yousef’s case with your respective Governments and particularly the European Foreign Representative, Baroness Catherine Ashton. Please also keep checking SFP’s website for further updates on what you can do to help.

Ghassan Najjar SFP Steering Committee