The Daam Party adds its voice to the call of the Palestinian people and all people of conscience in Israel and the world, who demand an end to the Israeli authorities’ arbitrary policy against Palestinian prisoners, particularly those in mortal danger, prisoners Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna, who have been on hunger strike for over 200 days. We demand their immediate release.
Daam strongly condemns the brutal measures taken against Palestinian prisoners, especially the administrative detainees languishing in jail for protracted periods of time without being told the reason for their arrest and without any indictment brought against them.
At the center of the prisoners’ struggle are 14 prisoners from East Jerusalem and the West Bank who were arrested by Israeli security forces under new military order number 1677. This order was drafted in secret in 2011, during discussions over a prisoner exchange deal – the Shalit deal – involving over one thousand Palestinian prisoners, among them Samer Issawi. The order permits the Israeli security forces to arrest freed prisoners on any pretext however marginal or insignificant, without furnishing any explanation and to return them to jail until they have completed their original sentence. All this without granting them the right to be informed of the accusations against them.
The order reflects a vindictive attitude towards the Palestinians that refuses to make concessions despite the fact that prisoners had been freed to obtain the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. As a result of the arbitrary use of this order, Samer Issawi finds himself facing 20 more years in prison for contravening the conditions of his release by going to the Al-Ram neighborhood. This is an absurd situation that contravenes the principles of justice.
Genuine concern for the lives of Samer and Ayman raises a bigger question, notably that of Palestinian security prisoners who continue to suffer as long as the Israeli government adheres to a policy of war and occupation and refuses to move towards ending the conflict.
Daam cautions that repressive policies against the prisoners will bring about a clash and calls for the immediate liberation of Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna, respect for prisoners’ rights in accordance with the Geneva Convention, the cessation of the use of administrative detention and the revocation of order 1677.
Oppression and violence will not be able to stop a people determined to gain its natural right to freedom and independence.