[Marxism] Ireland, Palestine: free the political prisoners

Joseph Catron jncatron at gmail.com
Sat Apr 4 23:00:33 MDT 2015


Here's some up-to-date information:

"319 orders for administrative detention without charge or trial have been
issued by Israeli occupation military courts since the beginning of 2015,
reported Riyad al-Ashqar, spokesperson of the Palestinian Prisoners Center
for Studies.

"This is an increase of 500% over the same period in 2014, when 51 orders
were issued, and is linked to the wide-scale mass arrests in the West Bank
in June 2014 and after; hundreds of those arrested were not charged or
tried but instead ordered to administrative detention ..."

http://samidoun.net/2015/04/319-administrative-detention-orders-issued-by-israeli-military-courts-in-2015-500-increase-over-last-year

Note that there have been strong critiques of an excessive focus on
administrative detention, like this one by '48 Palestinian political
prisoner Ameer Makhoul, who was sentenced on political charges by an
Israeli civilian court:

"During the Adnan campaign, a number of Palestinian political leaders,
human rights activists and media outlets used the argument that if Israel
had any evidence against Adnan, it should have brought him before an
ordinary court. Others have suggested that the success of his campaign
should inspire a new one against the use of administrative detention orders
in general.

"These are dangerous notions, particularly when coming from people of
standing and influence. Israel is an occupying state and a colonialist
entity. Even international law protects the victims of occupation and
prohibits their transfer to prisons within the borders of the occupying
state. Therefore, both administrative detention and the 'ordinary'
occupation prisons are equally illegal.

"Moreover, what is 'evidence' supposed to mean here? Evidence of resisting
the occupation? Resisting the occupation is legitimate: it is the Israeli
occupation and colonization, with its settlements and courts, that are
illegitimate ..."

http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/5442

On Sat, Apr 4, 2015 at 7:17 PM, Philip Ferguson via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

This article is a bit dated, as some of the people have been freed since it
> was written in 2012.


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