Israel Punishes Jailed Palestinians for Support of US Prison Strike

Published November 7, 2018

Israel Punishes Jailed Palestinians for Support of US Prison Strike

Palestinians confined in Israel’s notoriously brutal prisons issued a statement of solidarity on Aug. 20 with the US prison strike. Members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine expressed the utmost support for the autonomously organized prison strike in the barbaric US prison system, which highlighted the continuation of slavery since the US civil war, and a litany of other grievances. The strike ran from August 21st through September 9th.

On August 29th Israeli prison officials retaliated against Palestinian prisonsers for releasing a statement of support. They transferred Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh from Hadarim prison to Ramon prison, moved Wael Jaghoub to Gilboa prison and sent Mohammed Musa Khdeir to Ramon. Each persoj held in Megiddo prison was put into solitary confinement after protesting the horrendous conditions in the facility and denial of their human and legal rights.

The prison strike began on the 47th anniversary of the murder of George Jackson and the same date as the Nat Turner anti-slavery rebellion.

The Palestinians behind bars extend a “revolutionary salute to the imprisoned strugglers of the Black Liberation movement and other liberation movements, including Mumia Abu-Jamal” and call for the release of freedom fighters, from Leonard Peltier to Mutulu Shakur. They recognize the prisoners’ strike “within the heart of U.S. imperialism, the greatest danger faced by our Palestinian people and the peoples of the world.

“[Y]our victory will be a victory for Palestine,” they stress, just as Palestinians’ victories “will be a victory for all struggles against imperialism, racism and oppression within the United States and globally.”