PROTEST G4S – ‘PALESTINIAN PRISONERS, END ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION’

 
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Date(s) - 19/04/2013
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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ACTION – LONDON – FRIDAY 19TH APRIL 2013 – PROTEST G4S – ‘PALESTINIAN PRISONERS, END ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION’ – 4.30-6.30PM – G4S HQ, 105 VICTORIA STREET, LONDON, SW1E 6QT

JOIN THE FB EVENT PAGE FOR UPDATES OF PALESTINIAN PRISONER SOLIDARITY ACTION – https://www.facebook.com/events/193030774163837/
(Solidarity Demonstrations every fortnight in London between 2-4pm – Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners – TIME/DAY OF PROTEST, MAY VARY BETWEEN EACH PROTESTS DEPENDING ON ACTION/OTHER EVENTS TAKING PLACE.)

*NEXT PROTEST ACTION *

(1) GLOBAL ACTION ON 17.04.13 – ON PALESTINIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS DAY:

(a) ACTION – PROTEST G4S – 17.04.13 – LONDON & IRELAND – ON INTERNATIONAL PALESTINIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS DAY – ‘Wednesday 17th April, 16.30 to 19.00 – Outside G4S UK & Ireland head office and in London: G4S HQ, 105 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QT’

(b) ACTION – PROTEST – OXFORD, UK – 17.04.13 – ‘PALESTINIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS DAY’, 11:30am – 2:30pm, Bonn Square, Queen Street, Central Oxford – http://www.palestinecampaign.org/events/action-for-palestinian-prisoners/

(2) ACTION – LONDON – FRIDAY 19TH APRIL 2013 – PROTEST G4S – ‘PALESTINIAN PRISONERS, END ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION’ – 4.30-6.30PM – G4S HQ, 105 VICTORIA STREET, LONDON, SW1E 6QT

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PREVIOUS PROTEST:

ACTION – PROTEST BBC – LONDON – PALESTINIAN PRISONER SOLIDARITY – SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2013, 3-5PM, OUTSIDE BBC, PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON, W1A 1AA (OXFORD CIRCUS TUBE) – ‘Over 200 Days of Silence, Protest BBC Reporting Blackout of Palestinian Hunger Strikers

ACTION – EMERGENCY PROTEST – LONDON – SUNDAY 3RD MARCH 2013 – ‘SOLIDARITY WITH ARAFAT JARADAT & BBC’S BLACKOUT ON PLIGHT OF PALESTINIAN PRISONERS’ – 3-5PM, BBC, PORTLAND PLACE, W1A 1AA (OXFORD CIRCUS TUBE)

‘PROTEST BBC REPORTING BLACKOUT OF PALESTINIAN HUNGER STRIKERS’ – MONDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2013 – 2-4PM – OUTSIDE THE BBC, PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON, W1A 1AA (CLOSEST TUBE OXFORD CIRCUS)

On 11th January, we protested outside the BBC at its refusal to cover the plight of Palestinian hunger strikers. We delivered a letter to the BBC asking for an explanation and a change in policy, the letter (reproduced below) also included a passionate message from Um Ra’fat, the mother of Palestinian hunger striker Samer Al-Issawi.

Tim Davie
Director General BBC

Dear Mr Tim Davie

Today is Palestinian political prisoner Samer Al-Issawi’s 169th day on hunger strike, and fellow prisoner Ayman Sharawna having been on hunger strike nearly 6 months before suspending his strike for a week is once again fasting for his freedom. Both prisoners are being held by Israel without charge or trial. According to the internationally brokered deal to release captured Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit both Sharawna and Issawi should be free men today but Israel reneged on its agreement and rearrested both men after Shalit had been released.

The BBC describes its mission as one to “inform” and “educate” and the news in particular is described as “providing trusted World and UK news..” so why have you not covered their story and those of fellow Palestinian hunger strikers?

The search engine Google has indexed over 21 million articles from the BBC website yet it returns no results from the BBC for Samer Issawi or Ayman Sharawna. Neither prisoner has ever been mentioned by the BBC – those 21 million articles.. empty of any reference to Palestinian hunger strikers Issawi and Sharawna, both nearing death after nearly six months without food.

If we do a quick search on Google for “Gilad Shalit” it brings back around 1,120 articles from the BBC which includes around 50 articles from 2012! Shalit was released over a year ago in October 2011 and yet he is still news worthy for the BBC. The last article on him by the BBC is from October 18th 2012 – a special on the anniversary of his release!

The Shalit release anniversary article reports of his “ordeal”, the “psychological effects”, “trying to come to terms with his fame” the ordeal of the media following “his first bicycle ride after he returned home.. [his] trip to Paris to visit President Nicholas Sarkozy and a meeting with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.. at a concert of the popular singer, Shlomo Artzi, who dedicated a song to him; at various sports events and on the set of the US television drama series, Homeland..” Contrast this ‘ordeal’, which is newsworthy for the BBC to report, to the ordeal Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike are going through TODAY.

Just two weeks ago Samer Al-Issawi, a wheelchair bound skeleton of a man barely breathing after 140 days without food, was brutally attacked by Israeli guards in the courthouse in front of an Israeli judge, who didn’t intervene, as guards punched the dying man in the head and chest resulting in broken ribs. They then attack his mother and sister, all this in front of the cameras – captured on video ready for any news channel to broadcast.. but not the BBC – your mission to ‘inform’ and ‘educate’ apparently doesn’t extend to Palestinians? An emaciated dog that has lost half its weight due to being abandoned is afforded an article by the BBC which includes a large colour photo, but not Samer Al-Issawi who after 169 days without food has lost more than half his body weight, not even one mention of his name. Why?

The BBC is principally funded by television licence fees – 82% in 2011 ( £3.6 billion). Such blatant bias by omission in its reporting is unacceptable and we as TV licence holders demand the BBC follow its remit to inform and educate by covering the issue of Palestinian hunger strikers.

We have received a message from Palestine, from the mother of Samer Al-Issawi to the BBC which we have included below.

A Mothers Message To The BBC

My son Samer Al-Issawi, 33, a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail and been on a hunger strike for 169 days. His only demand is freedom after the Israeli occupation broke the deal that liberated him, and re-arrested him for no reason, without any charge.

Samer Issawi’s is in a very critical condition and has sustained fractures in his rib cage as a result of an assault against him a few days ago in the courtroom by Israeli soldiers only because he wanted to touch his mothers hand.

The reason for writing this letter is that we know that the role of the media especially the BBC & CNN is very important to highlight the plight of our son Samer.

Um Ra’fat, Mother of Palestinian Hunger Striker Samer Al-Issawi

We would like a reply, thank you.
Yours sincerely
..

After nearly 5 weeks we still have not received any reply from the BBC. Not only have they not replied, they have not even had the courtesy to sent us an acknowledgement of receipt of the letter. As the BBC prevented us from entering the building to personally hand the letter to the Director General Tim Davie it was given to the Duty Facilities Manager of BBC Workplace who later confirmed to us via email that she had handed it to the Director Generals Office.

The BBC is still enforcing a reporting blackout on any coverage of the Palestinian hunger strikers. Still no mention of hunger strikers Samer Issawi or Ayman Sharawna who is now 7 months without food.

Both Samer and Ayman are dying. They have shown unbelievable strength in resisting their oppression. The very least we can do is give voice to their heroic resistance, to their hunger strike. We need to ensure the media is shamed in to covering their story. Publicity for their plight is the first step towards their liberation. Please join us this Monday as we once again stand outside the BBC to demand they report on the hunger strikers.

Monday 18th February 2013
2-4pm
BBC Broadcasting House
Portland Place, London W1A 1AA (Oxford Circus Tube)

PALESTINIAN PRISONER CAMPAIGN GROUP

http://www.inminds.com/caged

PREVIOUS ACTIONS:

‘Join us on Friday 1st February 2013 at 2:00pm outside outside the G4S London HQ to protest at the security firm G4S’s complicity in the torture of Palestinian children.

Friday 1st February 2013
2:00-4:00pm
G4S London HQ
105 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QT (Victoria Tube)

The British-Danish security firm G4S is providing security systems to help Israel secure prisons and interrogation centres where Palestinian children are being caged and tortured. These include Ofer prison in the occupied territory where G4S provides the perimeter defense system and the central command control room for the entire facility where hunger strikers Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawna have been caged in the past, and the notorious Al Jalame interrogation centre in northern Israel with its Cell 36 where Defence for Children International reported children are locked in small filthy cells in solitary confinement, some for 65 days, with their only escape being the interrogation room where they are shackled by their hands and feet to a chair whilst being abused, sometimes for hours. G4S provides the security system that keep this torture den operational. G4S has also provides the central command control room at Megiddo prison where hunger strikers Yousef Yassin, Jafar Azzidine and Tarek Qa’adan were held before their health became critical.

G4S is also provides services and equipment to the illegal Israeli settlements, checkpoints and the wall.

We received a message of support from the Shireen Issawi, sister of the hunger striker Samer Issawi who has now been without food for over 6 months:

In the name of Allah,
Love and respect to all of you, brother and sister,
who are fighting for Samer
whose battle of the empty stomach [hunger strike]
is now for 185 consecutive days.
You tell the whole world that Samer is not alone.
Samer’s fight is of every free man rejecting injustice.

Samer is suffering greatly in the so-called hospital, Asaf Harofeh;
he is suffering from medical neglect and is left shackled
to his bed day and night without any regard for his
critical condition and the importance of treating humanely..

We greet the demonstrators against G4S
that provides equipment for the prison administration.
G4S realizes that they are used in non-humanitarian ways
against Palestinian prisoners.

Deliver the voice of the oppressed prisoners
and hold this company G4S accountable
for its responsibility towards these prisoners
and its partnership to the occupation in its inhumane practices.
It must stop providing these supplies to the occupation…

Freedom for our prisoners; for our heroes

Shireen Issawi (sister of Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi)

Help us ‘deliver the voice of the oppressed prisoners’ and join us at G4S HQ on friday 2pm.’

PALESTINE PRISONER CAMPAIGN GROUP

PREVIOUS ACTIONS:

FRIDAY 11TH JANUARY 2013 – 2-4PM – BBC HQ, PORTLAND PLACE – ‘Join us outside BBC Headquarters to protest at the BBC’s refusal to cover the plight of Palestinian hunger strikers.

Friday 11th January 2013
2-4pm
BBC Headquarters
Portland Place, London W1A 1AA (Oxford Circus Tube)

BBC – 21 million articles, but no mention of Palestinian hunger strikers

Today is Palestinian political prisoner Samer Al-Issawi’s 160th day on hunger strike, and fellow prisoner Ayman Sharawna having been on hunger strike nearly 6 months before suspending his strike for a week is once again fasting for his freedom. Both prisoners are being held by Israel without charge or trial. According to the internationally brokered deal to release captured Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit both Sharawna and Issawi should be free men today but Israel reneged on its agreement and rearrested both men after Shalit had been released.

The BBC describes its mission as one to “inform” and “educate” and the news in particular is described as “providing trusted World and UK news..” so you would think they would cover this story and follow it with updates as it developed over the last six months.

The search engine Google has indexed over 21 million articles from the BBC website yet it returns no results from the BBC for Samer Issawi or Ayman Sharawna*. Neither prisoner has ever been mentioned by the BBC – those 21 million articles.. empty of any reference to Palestinian hunger strikers Issawi and Sharawna, both nearing death after nearly six months without food.

If we do a quick search on Google for “Gilad Shalit” it brings back around 1,120 articles from the BBC which includes around 50 articles from 2012! Shalit was released over a year ago in October 2011 and yet he is still news worthy for the BBC. The last article on him by the BBC is from October 18th 2012 – a special on the anniversary of his release!

The Shalit release anniversary article reports of his “ordeal”, the “psychological effects”, “trying to come to terms with his fame” the ordeal of the media following “his first bicycle ride after he returned home.. [his] trip to Paris to visit President Nicholas Sarkozy and a meeting with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.. at a concert of the popular singer, Shlomo Artzi, who dedicated a song to him; at various sports events and on the set of the US television drama series, Homeland..” Contrast this ‘ordeal’ which is newsworthy for the BBC to report to the ordeal Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike are going through TODAY.

Just two weeks ago Samer Al-Issawi, a wheelchair bound skeleton of a man barely breathing after 140 days without food, was brutally attacked by Israeli guards in the courthouse in front of an Israeli judge, who didn’t intervene, as guards punched the dying man in the head and chest resulting in broken ribs. They then attack his mother and sister, all this in front of the cameras – captured on video ready for any news channel to broadcast.. but not the BBC – their mission to ‘inform’ and ‘educate’ apparently doesn’t extend to Palestinians. An emaciated dog that has lost half its weight due to being abandoned is afforded an article by the BBC which includes a large colour photo**, but not Samer Al-Issawi who after 160 days without food has lost more than half his body weight, not even one mention of his name.

The BBC is principally funded by television licence fees – 82% in 2011 ( £3.6 billion). Such blatant bias by omission in its reporting is unacceptable and we as TV licence holders demand the BBC follow its remit to inform and educate by covering the issue of Palestinian hunger strikers. We will be protesting outside the BBC Headquarters on Portland Place, W1A 1AA (closest tube is Oxford Circus) on Friday 11th January at 2pm, please join us.’

http://www.inminds.com/article.php?id=10579

Palestinian Prisoners Campaign

http://www.inminds.com/caged

 
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