Ahmad Sa’adat calls for all to join actions for Georges Abdallah on October 17-24

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Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network received the following statement from Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, where he is held in Israeli prison. Sa’adat is encouraging all Palestinians and friends of Palestine to participate in the Week of Action to Free Georges Abdallah, taking place from 17-24 October. See the list of events and ways you can heed Sa’adat’s call and join the week of action below his statement: 

On behalf of the prisoners of the Popular Front and the Palestinian prisoners’ movement, I extend our greetings and salutes to all those organizing for freedom for Georges Ibrahim Abdallah as he enters his 35th year inside French colonial jails. In particular, I urge the Palestinian and Arab masses and their liberation movements and all friends of Palestine and our struggle around the world to join in the Week of Action to Free Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, from October 17-24, organized by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and the international campaign to free Georges Abdallah.

We urge all to march in Lannemezan on 20 October in the national march organized by the tireless comrades who struggle, day in and day out, for the freedom of comrade Georges and our freedom in Palestine.

For us, inside Israeli prisons, Georges Abdallah is a fellow struggler and a fellow Palestinian prisoner. We call him “the General of the prisoners of the PFLP.” He is part of us – one with us in unity and common struggle. We feel his support and participation in our struggle across seas and through iron bars and prison walls. He returns meals with our hunger strikes, his heart beats for Palestine just as his politics centers its liberation, and he has spent decades imprisoned because of his commitment to the liberation of the Palestinian and Arab people.

Indeed, Georges Abdallah is an icon of resistance. With his clear analysis and involvement in all struggles for justice inside France and around the world, he refuses all attempts to isolate and silence him. His case also shows quite clearly just how strongly U.S. and French imperialism are tied to Zionism and the colonization of Palestine.

Just as the French state celebrates with the war criminal Netanyahu to inagurate a “France-Israel season” as his troops shoot down our people in Gaza as they march in the Great March of Return, we know that this is the same France that slaughtered 1.5 million Algerians in its colonial wars in the Arab world. And just as the people of Algeria defeated French colonialism after paying the highest price in blood and sacrifice for their freedom, we know that Georges Ibrahim Abdallah will win.

And as the United States – itself a colonial settler state built on the genocide of Indigenous peoples and the enslavement of Black people – attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause, erase our fundamental right to return and label our resistance as “terrorist,” it has repeatedly interfered to keep Georges Abdallah behind bars. From Condoleeza Rice to Hillary Clinton, consecutive Secretaries of State have demanded that our beloved freedom fighter be kept behind bars.

Of course, this is no surprise. Imperialism and Zionism stand together to construct prisons, walls and war machines. From Greece to the Philippines to Turkey, political prisoners put their bodies on the line to fight back against capitalism and imperialism. In the Arab reactionary regimes that stand hand in hand with the United States, from Saudi Arabia to Morocco, we hear the calls of our fellow political prisoners, demanding justice and liberation.

Between October 17 and 24, raise your voice against this injustice. Take to the streets, organize and act to demand freedom for Georges Abdallah and all political prisoners. The Palestinian prisoners are with you – we shout for the freedom of our comrade Georges Abdallah from the depths of the Zionist dungeons. Together, we can win the freedom of this beloved comrade, a leader of the Palestinian, Arab and international struggle for socialism and liberation.

To stand with Georges Abdallah is to stand with the resistance, the Palestinian people and all those political prisoners struggling for freedom.

Ahmad Sa’adat
Ramon Prison
9 October 2018

TAKE ACTION:

1. Organize events, actions and protests at French embassies and consulates around the world. Where there is not a French consulate, protest at U.S. or Israeli embassies and consulates and in public squares. Send us your events! Use this form or email samidoun@samidoun.net

2. Join the broad national protest in Lannemezan on 20 October. Every year, hundreds arrive to demand George’s freedom, raising a call so loud the prisoners can hear us inside. Don’t miss this year’s action!

3. Distribute this call to action and take media actions, like posting photos with posters calling for freedom for Georges Abdallah and other Palestinian prisoners.

4. Endorse this call! Join in the call for events and actions for the prisoners this October. Use the form or email samidoun@samidoun.net

Events:

Martigues: Speaking About Georges Abdallah

Sunday, 7 October
1:30 pm
Le Rallumeur d’étoiles – Café associatif
Quai Brescon
13500 Martigues, France
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/311946046268481/

Marseille: A Month for Georges Abdallah

October 2018
Marseille, France
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/151408189138566/

Berlin: Protest to free Raja Eghbarieh, Georges Abdallah and all Palestinian Prisoners

Saturday, 13 October
12:00 pm
Alexanderplatz
Berlin, Germany

Manchester: Victory to Palestine! Free Georges Abdallah!

Saturday, 13 October
12:00 pm
Piccadilly Gardens
Manchester, UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/863503310705696/

Toulouse: Information stand for Georges Abdallah

Saturday, 13 October
2:00 pm
Metro Capitole
Toulouse, France
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1234469550011712/

Gothenburg: Victory to the Palestinian liberation struggle!

Friday, 19 October
5:30 pm
Brunnsparken
Gothenburg, Sweden
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/309184616544806/

Paris: Bus departing to the national protest in Lannemezan

Friday night, 19 October
Paris, France
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2127880644153411/

Lannemezan: National protest for the liberation of Georges Abdallah

Saturday, 20 October
2:00 pm
Gare de Lannemezan
Lannemezan, France
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/656186514764030/

More buses from Toulouse: leaves 11:30 am from Metro Basso Cambo, email couppourcoup31@gmail.com
from Paris: email campagne.unitaire.gabdallah@gmail.com
from Montpellier: email npa@npa34.org
from Bordeaux: leaves 9:15 am from place Ravezies, email liberte.pour.georges@gmail.com
from Marseille: more info at https://www.lepotcommun.fr/pot/99sds8ij

Tunis: Protest at the French Embassy in Solidarity with Georges Abdallah

Saturday, 20 October
2:30 pm
French Embassy
Avenue Habib Bourguiba
Tunis, Tunisia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/327480194683643/

Brussels: Concert in solidarity with Mustapha Awad

Saturday, 20 October
6:30 pm
Projection Room
55 rue de Praetere
Uccle, France
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/295688327687183/

Milan: Freedom for the Revolutionary Prisoners! 34 years of repression, 34 years of resistance

Saturday, 20 October
3:00 pm
Viale Padova
Milan, Italy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/183754312502914/

Geneva: Letter Writing Evening for Georges Abdallah

Wednesday, 24 October
8:00 pm
Cafe Gavroche
Boulevard James-Fazy 4
Geneva, Switzerland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/695368644169180/

Athens: Demonstration for Freedom for Georges Ibrahim Abdallah

Wednesday, 24 October
6:00 pm
French Embassy
Akadimias and Leof. Vasilissis Sofias
Athens, Greece

Belfast: Irish Solidarity for the Release of Georges Abdallah

Wednesday, 24 October
7:00 pm
International Wall
Belfast, Ireland
More info: https://irsp.ie/irish-solidarity-for-the-release-of-georges-abdallah-protest-belfast-intl-wall-wed-24th-7pm/

DOWNLOAD flyers, posters and other materials at our resources site: https://samidoun.net/2018/09/free-georges-abdallah-mobilize-october-17-24-for-the-international-week-of-action/

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