Action Alert for Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh!

[Please read, respond and forward widely!]

URGENT ACTION NEEDED FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS BILAL DIAB AND THAER HALAHLEH!

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right To Return Coalition calls on all people of
conscience to take immediate action to try to save the lives of Palestinian
political prisoners Bilal Diab 27, and Thaer Halahleh 33, who have been on
the longest Palestinian prisoner hunger strike starting February 28, 2012
(68 days, surpassing Khader Adnan). All the current Palestinian hunger
strikers have been illegally detained by Israeli authorities under the guise
of “administrative detention” without any charge or trial whatsoever.

To protest their ill-treatment in Israeli detention and ongoing humiliation
of Palestinians who resist the illegal occupation, and to protect their dignity and dignity of all Palestinians, like Adnan Khader and Hana’a Shalabi before them, Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh began a hunger
strike 68 days ago.

The Israeli kangaroo court system has systematically denied their court
appeals to release them from prison without regard to their severe and
dangerous medical conditions. This has been common practice by the Israeli
court system for Palestinians who courageously challenge Israel’s brutal
occupation.

Please join the voices and support around the world to save The lives of
Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh along with the other numerous hunger strikers
and demand their immediate release from prison! Take action now!

Please write to President Obama and voice your concern and demand that the US administration intervene for the immediate release of Bilal Diab and
Thaer Halahleh from administrative detention. You can use the online form
at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

Call US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: (202) 647-4000 or Office of Near East Affairs: (202) 647-7209. Demand that the Secretary intervene for the immediate release of Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh from administrative
detention.

Organize Rallies at your local Israeli Embassies.

Help spread awareness through social media and to all your contacts as you
deem fit after you take action!

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition
PO Box 131352
Carlsbad, CA 92013, USA
Tel: 760-918-9441
Fax: 760-918-9442
Fax Toll Free: 866-619-2090
E-mail: info@al-awda.org
WWW: http://al-awda.org

Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition (PRRC) is the largest
network of grassroots activists and students dedicated to Palestinian human rights. We are a not for profit tax-exempt educational and charitable
501(c)(3) organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of
the United States of America. Under IRS guidelines, your donations to PRRC
are tax-deductible. To donate, please go to:
http://www.al-awda.org/donate.html and follow the instructions. To become a member, go to http://al-awda.org/membership.html

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3 Responses to Action Alert for Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh!

  1. I just want to share a letter I drafted and have sent to over 50 Israeli officials, that I am in the process of individually emailing to each member of the Knesset presently. Please feel free to forward to others or use anyway you deem appropriate.

    Nissim Zeev
    Shas
    nzeev@knesset.gov.il

    Dear Nissim Zeev,

    I am forarding you an email I sent to PM Netanyahu this morning, and I want to try to ensure all members of the Knesset know about these Palestinian prisoners under threat of imminent death. I know you do not want their deaths on your conscience. Thank you for considering their plight and anything you can do to help improve the situation.

    Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,

    I am very concerned about the safety and welfare of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel under administrative detentions who are on hunger strikes, in particular six prisoners who have been identified by Amnesty International as facing imminent death, Bilal Diab and Tha’er Halahleh, who are today on Day 68 of their hunger strikes, Hassan Safadi, Omar Abu Shalal, Ja’afar Izz al-Din, and Mahmoud al-Sarsak.

    These administrative detentions Israel is holding Palestinian prisoners under, that include the six prisoners named above, violate international treaties Israel is bound to which internationally recognize rights to a fair trial for detainees and prisoners, to include the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

    Evidence heard in secret, which provides neither the defendant nor his attorney being allowed to examine the evidence or challenge it, violates the requirements of international law that mandate fair legal proceedings and due process in detentions of prisoners. These detentions are war crimes under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

    I urge you to ensure Israel abides by her obligations under international law and call on the Israeli authorities to release these six detainees in imminent danger of death, as well as all other Palestinians in administrative detention, unless they are promptly charged with internationally recognizable criminal offenses and brought to trial in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards.

    I urge you to ensure the immediate transfer of Tha’er Halahleh and other detainees on prolonged hunger strikes to a fully-equipped hospital so they can receive specialized medical care.

    I urge you to ensure that all detainees on hunger strike are allowed regular, private access to independent doctors, families and lawyers, treated humanely, and not punished in any way for their hunger strike.

    I urge you to end the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of administrative detainees, such as shackling detainees on prolonged hunger strike, that the human rights organizations and NGO’s are reporting Israel is engaging in.

    I urge you to ensure Israel abides by her obligations under international law and deals humanely with Palestinian prisoners she holds captive and in detention.

    Sincerely,

    Sherri Munnerlyn

  2. Nissim Zeev
    Shas

    nzeev@knesset.gov.il

    Dear Nissim Zeev,

    I am forarding you an email I sent to PM Netanyahu this morning, and I want to try to ensure all members of the Knesset know about these Palestinian prisoners under threat of imminent death. I know you do not want their deaths on your conscience. Thank you for considering their plight and anything you can do to help improve the situation.

    Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,

    I am very concerned about the safety and welfare of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel under administrative detentions who are on hunger strikes, in particular six prisoners who have been identified by Amnesty International as facing imminent death, Bilal Diab and Tha’er Halahleh, who are today on Day 68 of their hunger strikes, Hassan Safadi, Omar Abu Shalal, Ja’afar Izz al-Din, and Mahmoud al-Sarsak.

    These administrative detentions Israel is holding Palestinian prisoners under, that include the six prisoners named above, violate international treaties Israel is bound to which internationally recognize rights to a fair trial for detainees and prisoners, to include the Fourth Geneva Convention and Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

    Evidence heard in secret, which provides neither the defendant nor his attorney being allowed to examine the evidence or challenge it, violates the requirements of international law that mandate fair legal proceedings and due process in detentions of prisoners. These detentions are war crimes under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

    I urge you to ensure Israel abides by her obligations under international law and call on the Israeli authorities to release these six detainees in imminent danger of death, as well as all other Palestinians in administrative detention, unless they are promptly charged with internationally recognizable criminal offenses and brought to trial in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards.

    I urge you to ensure the immediate transfer of Tha’er Halahleh and other detainees on prolonged hunger strikes to a fully-equipped hospital so they can receive specialized medical care.

    I urge you to ensure that all detainees on hunger strike are allowed regular, private access to independent doctors, families and lawyers, treated humanely, and not punished in any way for their hunger strike.

    I urge you to end the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of administrative detainees, such as shackling detainees on prolonged hunger strike, that the human rights organizations and NGO’s are reporting Israel is engaging in.

    I urge you to ensure Israel abides by her obligations under international law and deals humanely with Palestinian prisoners she holds captive and in detention.

    Sincerely,

    Sherri Munnerlyn

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