Georges Abdallah, the Arab communist struggler for Palestine who has imprisoned in French jails for over 34 years, announced on Thursday, 11 April that he isÂ launching a three-day hunger strikeÂ in solidarity with the Palestinian prisonersâ€™ hunger strike inside Israeli jails, the Battle of Dignity 2. He is joined on the strike by 20 of his fellow prisoners, including 12 Basque political prisoners standing actively in solidarity with the Palestinian prisonersâ€™ strike.
This is not the first time that Georges Abdallah has participated from afar in the collective hunger strikes of the Palestinian prisoners; he also joined inÂ the strikes of 2014Â andÂ 2017Â from Lannemezan prison, where he is held. He also refused meals for three days in 2016 in solidarity with the hunger strike ofÂ Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed, fighting against his imprisonment without charge or trial under administrative detention.
Palestinian prisoners launched theÂ Battle of Dignity (Karameh) 2Â on Monday, 8 April in response to escalated repression inside the Israeli prisons directed by the minister of internal securityÂ Gilad ErdanÂ (also directing international attacks against BDS organizing and Palestine solidarity and working to suppress freedom of expression around the world in his role as the Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs.) Their demands include the installation of public telephones for the prisoners, removal of cell-phone â€śjammerâ€ť devices, an end to sanctions and collective punishment imposed on the prisoners, restoration of family visits to all prisoners, access to appropriate medical care and treatment and ending isolation and solitary confinement.
Khaled Barakat, Palestinian writer and the international coordinator of theÂ Campaign to Free Ahmad Saâ€™adat, said that â€śGeorges Abdallahâ€™s entry into the hunger strike and that of his Basque comrades and fellow prisoners provides a substantial, qualitative boost to the morale and the spirit of the comrades and brothers engaged in the Battle of Dignity 2 inside Israeli prisons. We know that this is not the first time that he has joined the prisoners on hunger strike, making clear once again that he is carrying on the struggle of the Palestinian prisonersâ€™ movement inside French prisons.â€ť
â€śThe Palestinian prisoners invite other political prisoners around the world to join in this battle of dignity, not only in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle but to raise their own issues and demands for justice, dignity and freedom. The prisoners have expressed their solidarity with the political prisoners held all over the world, including those who are fighting now in jails in the Philippines, Turkey, Morocco, Greece, the United States and elsewhere,â€ť Barakat continued.
â€śThe Palestinian prisonersâ€™ movement is on the front lines confronting Zionism, imperialism and reactionary regimes, and the political prisoners of the world are also on the front lines of this collective, international struggle. Georges Abdallahâ€™s entrance into the hunger strike alongside that of his comrades inside French prison underlines the fact that there is an international dimension to the Palestinian prisonersâ€™ movement that is united in struggling towards victory,â€ť he said.
â€śToday, we also want to call for the immediate release of all Sudanese political prisoners, as we see the regime in Sudan is falling. The news that we see from Sudan and the development of the popular movements there is also a boost for the Palestinian prisonersâ€™ struggle,â€ť Barakat said. â€śIt is also very important to link the struggle of Palestinian prisoners today to the boycott movement and Palestine solidarity internationally. Both are facing the attempts of Gilad Erdan and the Israeli state to repress these movements, and Erdan is calling on his allies in the imperialist powers to crack down on the movement outside, hand in hand with the attacks on Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails.â€ť
â€śEvery time the Israeli occupation attempts to confiscate the rights that have been obtained by the Palestinian prisonersâ€™ movement through blood, sweat and sacrifice, they will face a movement that is determined to fight back with unbreakable will and strength. Georges Abdallah and his comrades are an integral part of that movement and of the victory that will be achieved through this collective struggle,â€ť Barakat concluded.
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses its strongest support for the Palestinian prisonersâ€™ movement as it launches this critical battle for dignity and justice. We urge people around the world to take action to support the prisonersâ€™ strike and join their struggle. The Palestinian prisoners will not be isolated or left alone! International solidarity is critical to building support, attention and pressure to help them achieve their demands.Â