Politieke gevangenen

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Schermafdruk 2016-09-01 23.46.30

Berlijn, 1929 – Friedrich Seidenstücker

Een dag voor het verschijnen van “Een verdrongen geschiedenis” ontving ik onderstaande e-mail. Veel werd en wordt verdrongen m.b.t. Israël. Een normale relatie met dat land en zijn bevolking lijkt uitgesloten. Het is de erfenis van het eeuwenoude (christelijke) antisemitisme.

Voor de geschiedenis van deze vorm van discriminatie beveel ik het standaardwerk over deze materie aan van Léon Poliakov: “Histoire de l’antisémitisme”. Het deel m.b.t. de religieuze en sociale tolerantie onder de Islam zou verplichte stof dienen te zijn voor de diegenen die een “Clash of Civilizations” willen starten. Ze ontkennen hun eigen geschiedenis, die van het christelijke Westen, en munten deze om op de meest schandalige wijze. Een toonbeeld van fascisme, waarbij die van de nazi’s verbleekt.

Ook dit wordt verdrongen en hangt ten nauwste samen met de (voor-)oorlogse ontwikkeling van het zionisme: samenleven met de bevolking in Palestina of ze verdrijven. Dat was de kwestie. De uitkomst en de gevolgen kennen we. Een voorbeeld van dit laatste…

Dear Alphonse,

Today, 17 April, is Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, when we stand in solidarity with the thousands of Palestinians held as political prisoners by the State of Israel.

Please stand with us in solidarity with these political prisoners struggling for justice. Let’s hold G4S to account for its complicity in the imprisonment and torture of thousands in Israeli detention. Share our Facebook post today. 

Three years ago today, in the midst of a mass hunger strike waged by Palestinian political prisoners, Palestinian human rights organisations called for an international campaign against G4S for its complicity in the abhorrent system of Israeli arrest and detention. G4S, a British multinational company, has since 2007 provided security systems and other services for Israeli prisons and detention centres holding Palestinian political prisoners.

War on Want is a leading voice in the #StopG4S campaign, calling for boycott of and divestment from G4S until it ends its complicity in Israeli apartheid.

As of February 2015, Palestinian human rights organisation Addameer reported that Israel holds over 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners, of whom:

  • 163 are children, some under 16 years old
  • 13 are Palestinian Legislative Council members
  • Over 450 are held in administrative detention, without charge or trial

Rates of detention have increased dramatically over the past year, but so has the chorus of voices demanding that G4S be held to account. The campaign is working! Campaigners around the world have managed to successfully pressure universities, churches, and even the Gates Foundation to divest from G4S. Last year at the company’s Annual General Meeting, G4S executives were forced to respond to protestors demanding answers, and were pressed to come clean on whether they will renew their contracts with Israeli apartheid.

G4S’s comments show that the company is feeling the heat from our campaigns, so now is the time to turn it up! On this Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, let’s renew our commitment to #StopG4S. Please take a minute today to share the video on our Facebook page about G4S and Israeli detention, and join the movement to #StopG4S today!

Ryvka Barnard

Global Justice Campaigner

War on Want


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