Israel’s practice of administrative detention denies Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons the right to know what they are charged with or challenge their detention. An open-ended hunger strike launched on April 24 by about 100 Palestinian prisoners has now passed the 50-day mark, and some of the hunger strikers are dangerously close to death.
Around the world, solidarity actions are being organized–from Berlin to Chicago. In East Jerusalem on June 12, Palestinian shopkeepers held a commercial strike, closing their stores in support of the striking prisoners. Near-total participation left the streets practically empty.
A new international collective called the Syrian Revolution Bases of Support aims to link the Syrian struggle with other grassroots movements and show how these struggles can make common cause. Here, we reprint the collective’s public statement in support of the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, calling for freedom for all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails and the end administrative detention and all forms of imprisonment.
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