We are delighted to announce that Hana Shalabi, a Jenin resident who had been imprisoned without charge since 2009 has now been released as part of the prisoner exchange deal.
You can read all about her case which is sadly all to familiar in Palestine on Hana’s Page. Despite the release of many prisoners like Hana, including many from Jenin, thousands still remain incarcerated as political prisoners.
We will be following our successful postcard writing campaign for Hana with a new campaign for other Jenin prisoners. Hana’s Page will shortly become ‘Postcards for Prisoners’ and will feature prisoners from the area we have heard about through the great work of Addameer Human Rights Prisoner Organisation.
The bid for a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders has been submitted to the UN. Whilst receiving widespread support at the General Assembly, the US vowed to use its veto in the Security Council to block the bid. Meanwhile in Palestine, the expansion of settlements, violence against Palestinian citizens and the siege of Gaza continues unabated.
Our speakers will discuss how, in the context of the Arab Spring, Palestine can achieve its liberation and what the next steps are for the solidarity movement here and elsewhere. The panel includes professor Haim Bresheeth of UEL; James Denselow, writer on Middle East politics for The Guardian; Frank Barat of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine; and Rafeef Ziadah, Palestinian spoken word artist and activist.