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Announcement :: Human Rights : International : Organizing
9/4 Rally In Support of Palestinian Prisoners at Copley
24 Aug 2004
September fourth is international prisoners day
and this year we will be rallying in solidarity with
the couragous hungerstrike of palestinian prisoners of
war as well as all of the resistance fighters locked
away in dungeans around the world..
Rally In Support of Palestinian Prisoners
Saturday, September 4, 1 PM, Copley Square, Boston

Why should US citizens be concerned about prisoners in
Palestine? Because the US government directly supports
the occupation of Palestine, and is fully aware of the
abuse and torture being carried out daily in Israeli
prisons there. The occupation is itself a form of
imprisonment. US taxpayers pay for this and other
forms of injustice in Palestine directly.

There are 7,500 Arab and Palestinian political
prisoners detained in Israeli prisons and military
detention facilities. 3,500 of them are currently on
a hunger strike which began on August 15. Their
conditions of detention have continued to deteriorate
over a long period of time and this deterioration has
accelerated since the start of the current Intifada.
Prisoners are routinely subjected to torture,
degrading treatment and humiliation. They are
prevented from having family visits, subjected to
strip searches in front of other prisoners, placed in
solitary confinement for extended periods of time,
provided with inadequate and unhealthy food, and
prevented from pursuing educational and other
recreational activities. Such treatment is
unacceptable and in violation of all internationally
recognized and agreed standards of behavior. Israeli
Security Minister, Tzahi Hanegbi has vowed to fight
the demands of Palestinian and Arab Detainees "until
death" if necessary. In response, we call on people of
conscience to demand an end to all US support of

Some facts about "the only democracy in the Middle

* From 1967 to now, Israelis have arbitrarily detained
over 630,000 Palestinians.

* 32,000 Palestinians were arrested by occupation
forces during the first three years of the Al-Aqsa
Intifada, which began in September, 2000.

* In 1989 alone, Israelis detained 50,000
Palestinians, representing 16% of the entire male
population of the West Bank and Gaza Strip between the
ages of 14 and 55.

* Over 200 Palestinian prisoners have died while in
Israeli custody, due to torture, ill-treatment,
deprivation of medical treatment, and neglect.

* Israelis have systematically tortured and
ill-treated approximately 80% of all Palestinian
detainees. The torture is both psychological and
physical, and includes beatings of sensitive organs,
choking, pulling of hair off the body, prolonged
solitary confinement, subjecting detainees to noise,
screams, and threats against their families.

* Other forms of torture and ill-treatment include
forcing Palestinian detainees to stand hooded and
handcuffed for long periods of time while depriving
them of food or sleep, the use of electric shock,
burning, beatings with hands, fists, truncheons, and
boots, deprivation of sleep and basic hygiene; and
starvation. In the occupied Palestinian territories,
Israelis have established military courts that do not
comply with fair trial standards. There are no
standards. Justice, where it exists, is arbitrary.

* Between September 2000 to the end of June 2003,
approximately 2,000 Palestinian children were arrested
and detained. Children as young as 13 are held in
Israeli prisons, with children aged 13 and 14
constituting approximately ten percent of all child
detainees. Almost all child detainees have reported
some form of torture or mistreatment.
No issue symbolizes Israel's denial of freedom to
Palestinians better than that of political prisoners.
Palestinians have been subjected to the highest rate
of incarceration in the world -- approximately 20
percent of the Palestinian population in the occupied
Palestinian territories has, at one point, been
arbitrarily detained or imprisoned by the Israeli


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Re: 9/4 Rally In Support of Palestinian Prisoners at Copley
27 Aug 2004
This headline should read " 9/4 Rally at Copley In Support of Palestinian Prisoners." There are no Palestinian prisoners being held at Copley.
There is no Palestine. How can there be a "Palestinian Prisoner"?
28 Aug 2004
This is like saying that illegal Mexican immigrants are "Aztlan Prisoners" because they believe that the southwest United States belongs to some imaginary nation called "Aztlan" (see

The whole "Palestinian" issue could be resolved if there WERE a Palestine, but the Israelis are not keen on giving lands away to a people who routinely blow up buses and commit acts of murder.

"* In 1989 alone, Israelis detained 50,000
Palestinians, representing 16% of the entire male
population of the West Bank and Gaza Strip between the ages of 14 and 55."

Um, yeah. How about these statistics? (far too many to list):

You and I both know that this is really an issue of Islamic Jihad against "infidels" who do not believe in Allah. The Koran instructs Muslims to kill them "wherever they are", doesnt it? Here are some ACTUAL QUOTES FROM THE KORAN:

"O Prophet! Make war against the unbelievers [all non-Muslims] and the hypocrites and be merciless against them. Their home is hell, an evil refuge indeed." (Koran, 9:73)

"When you meet the unbelievers in jihad [holy war], chop off their heads. And when you have brought them low, bind your prisoners rigorously. Then set them free or take ransom from them until the war is ended." (Koran, 47:4)

"The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and his messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be to be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet and genitals cut off, or to be expelled out of the land. Such will be their humiliation in the world, and in the next world they will face an awful horror." (Koran, 5:33-34)

"When we decide to destroy a population, we send a definite order to them who have the good things in life and yet sin. So that Allah's word is proven true against them, then we destroy them utterly." (Koran, 17:16-17)

"In order that Allah may separate the pure from the impure, put all the impure ones [all non-Muslims] one on top of another in a heap and cast them into hell. They will have been the ones to have lost." (Koran, 8:37)

"How many were the populations we utterly destroyed because of their sins, setting up in their place other peoples." (Koran, 21:11)

"Remember Allah inspired the angels: I am with you. Give firmness to the believers. I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: you smite them above their necks and smite all their fingertips off of them." (Koran, 8:12)