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London protest demands freedom for Palestinian political prisoners Amer Jubran and Muhammed Allan


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26 August 2015



Vigil outside Jordanian Embassy for Amer Jubran



Vigil outside Israeli Embassy for Mohammed Allan

On 21st August 2015, Inminds held a double vigil demanding freedom for Palestinian political prisoners Amer Jubran and Muhammed Allan outside the Jordanian and Israeli embassies in London.

At 3pm we protested outside the Jordanian Embassy demanding freedom for Palestinian father and human rights activist Amer Jubran who is facing a 10 years prison sentence in Jordan at the behest of Israel for refusing to betray the Lebanese resistance against Israel.

Then at around 4:30pm we moved to the Israeli Embassy a few streets away to demand the unconditional and immediate release of Palestinian lawyer and hunger striker Muhammed Allan. Muhammed Allan was again in a comma, breathing through a respirator, after having suffered brain damage whilst in Israeli custody. Muhammed launched his hunger strike on 15 June 2015 to protest Israel's illegal practice of Administrative detention - of caging Palestinians indefinitely without charge or trial. He has been caged by Israel without charge since 6th Nov 2014 on never ending rolling detention orders. Allan ended his hunger strike after 65 days on 19th Aug after the Israeli Supreme Court on health grounds ordered the suspension of the administrative detention order against him. But Israel was still threatening to reimpose his administrative detention and imprisonment should he recover, it was imperative at this time that we maintain the pressure and demand his immediate and unconditional release.

Update: On 26th August media reports suggest the guards have finally been removed from the hospital and his status has changed from prisoner to patient and there is talk of him being moved to the hospital in Nablus on the West Bank. This suggests that that the threat of reimposition of the detention order was receded.



Vigil outside Jordanian Embassy for Amer Jubran



Vigil outside Israeli Embassy for Mohammed Allan


Freedom for Palestinian activist Amer Jubran, London protest outside Jordanian Embassy



As we got to the Jordanian embassy the police were already in place waiting for our arrival suggesting the embassy had already contacted them. After a brief encounter with embassy staff, the staff decided to stay inside the embassy and away from the windows. The police insisted that we protest across the street away from the embassy, but we stood our ground citing our right to protest on a public street of our choosing. Then they tried to stop us from attaching our banners to a street post, again we held our ground pointing out that the post was owned by the council and we had a right to use it unless we got a specific demand from the council to the contrary and in any case it was a civil matter and not a criminal one. After that initial friction we didn't have any further problems with police and they kept out of the way.

Our banners totally covered the front of the embassy, and even though it was a quiet residential street, the banners got a lot of attention with people coming out of their residence to and see what the protest was about. Many passerby stopped to take photos and talk to us.

Amer Jubran's only 'crime' was that he refused to work against the Lebanese resistance Hizbullah on behalf of Jordanian and Israeli intelligence. He was found guilty of supporting the resistance in a kangaroo court lacking any modicum of justice. But our message to the Zionist-appeasing Jordanian government had to make it clear that even if Jubran had been guilty as charged he didn't deserve to be imprisoned, it was shameful that Jordan regards support for the resistance against Israel as a crime against Jordan. The best way to convey this message was to fly the flag of the resistance at the top of our giant 8m flag pole in front of the embassy windows. A BMW with diplomatic licence plates was parked outside the embassy, hopefully the ambassador inside got the message that we regard Amer Jubran a hero in the struggle against the apartheid colonial settler state Israel and its the Jordanian government that will one day have to answer for its crimes of collaboration with the enemy of humanity.











 


Speech - Freedom for Palestinian activist Amer Jubran


VIDEO - Speech - Freedom for Palestinian activist Amer Jubran






We are here today outside the Jordanian Embassy to demand freedom for Palestinian father and human rights activist Amer Jubran. Amer Jubran is facing a 10 years sentence from a military court in Jordan at the behest of Israel.

Amer Jubran's family is from near al-Khalil in Palestine, they were ethnically cleansed at gun point by European Zionists and forced in to exile to Jordan. Amer's grandfather was shot by an Israeli soldier and left to bleed to death in the middle of a road. His relatives who remained in Palestine live under brutal military occupation.

At college age Amer moved to the United States, but he never forgot his roots and he dedicated his life as an activist in the struggle for justice in Palestine. Amer Jubran has a long history of being targeted for his activism on behalf of Palestine, first in the US and then in Jordan.

In the US he formed the "New England Committee to Defend Palestine" and in November 2002, two days after leading a demonstration in Boston calling for justice in Palestine, the FBI stormed Amer Jubran's home and arrested him under the Patriot Act, initially holding him without charge. When public outcry made it difficult to continue holding him, they initiated deportation proceedings against him and he was deported to Jordan in January 2004 where he continued his activism for Palestine.

In 2006 he was beaten and arrested at a protest at the Israeli embassy in Amman. He was under constant surveillance of the notorious Jordanian secret police. On 5th May 2014, 20 armed men in black uniforms stormed his home where he lives with his wife and four young children, smashing their doors and windows. The secret police abducted Amer, and for months he was interrogated at an undisclosed location without charge and without access to a lawyer.

Finally in August 2014 Amer Jubran was charged under a new law that didn't even exist when he was arrested, that makes “harming the relationship with a foreign government” a crime of “terrorism”. Following his visit to Lebanon to speak an an Anti-Apartheid week function he was accused of working with the Lebanese resistance Hizbullah against Israel, hence 'harming' Jordan's relationship with a friendly country Israel. Last month on 29th July 2015 we was sentenced by a military court to 10 years hard labour, reduced from a 15 year sentence.

During his interrogation he was told by the secret police that any decision made about him involves "our American and Israeli friends". Amer says it "all started when I refused to be a sell-out and work against the Lebanese resistance. I was told then that I will be sent behind the sun for such a refusal. And frankly it is very easy for me to disappear behind the sun, rather than to be well, outside but a sell-out and traitor. " Essentially Amer Jubran is being persecuted and imprisoned because he refused to work for Israeli /Jordanian intelligence as an infiltrator and informant against the resistance.

We are here today to tell the Jordanian government to stop doing Israels bidding and release Amer Jubran. It is shameful for the Jordanian government to imprison its own citizens on behalf of Israel.

Shame on you Jordan! Shame on you Jordan!

Victory to the resistance! Victory to the resistance!

Free Amer Jubran! Free Amer Jubran!

Free Palestine!



















Vigil in solidarity with Muhammed Allan outside Israeli Embassy




With a strict no photos allowed policy enforced by armed guards this is the only photo we have from outside Israel embassy
before guards escorted us off the 'private' road. (Special thanks to the photographer).























VIDEO - Speech - Freedom for Palestinian activist Amer Jubran




Speech - We Demand Immediate and Unconditional Freedom for Muhammed Allan

We are here today outside the Israeli Embassy to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Palestinian lawyer and hunger striker Muhammed Allan who is today unconscious in a second comma, breathing through a respirator, after having suffered brain damage whilst under Israeli custody.

Muhammed, a 31 years old lawyer from Nablus in the occupied West Bank, was abducted by Israel 9 months ago. He has been caged since then without charge or trial on never ending, rolling detention orders. As punishment for going on hunger strike he was locked up in in solitary confinement at Ayala prison near Tel Aviv until his condition deteriorated, forcing them to transfer him to hospital.

After 60 days without food, Muhammed lost consciousness and fell into a comma. His lungs failed and had to breath through a ventilator. He lost his ability to move and is nearly blind and deaf, and was vomiting blood.

In this critical condition Israel mercilessly kept Muhammed chained with his hand and foot shackled to the hospital bed. He was surrounded by three Israeli prison guards who hurt him, causing him injuries.

When Muhammed Allan recovered from the comma he was diagnosed to have having suffered brain damage. He ended his hunger strike after 65 days without food or nutrients, two days ago on 19th Aug after the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the suspension of the administrative detention order against him due to medical reasons.

In its cruelty the court has said that should Muhammed Allan recover then it may again reimpose the administrative detention order against him and cage him indefinitely without charge or trial. Since then Muhammed Allan has slipped into another comma.

As Muhammed Allan struggles to stay alive and win his freedom its our duty as human beings around the world to demand justice for Muhammed Allan, to demand immediate and unconditional freedom for Muhammed Allan, and to demand freedom for Palestine.

Free Muhammad Allan!

Free Palestine!


Speech - End Administrative Detention

Muhammad Allan was on hunger strike 65 days to protest against Israel's practice of Administrative detention. I want to briefly talk about what Administrative detention is.

Administrative detention is a practice used by Israel to imprison Palestinians indefinitely without charge or trial. Prisoners are given rolling detention orders which can be anything from 1-6 months, renewable indefinitely. Such practice is against international law.

For example administrative detainee Mazen Natsheh has been locked up cumulatively for nearly 10 years without charge or trial. Muhammad Allan has in total been caged for 3 years under different administrative detention orders without charge or trial.

Detention orders are based on so called "secret information" which never needs to be produced, either to the detainee nor their lawyer. Administrative detention is often used to arbitrarily jail Palestinians where there is no evidence for a trial. It is also used for punishment as in the case of 8 Palestinian MPs who are currently caged in Israeli dungeons to punish them for their political stance.

Palestinian prisoners rights group Addameer have documented "many cases where the detainees themselves will say that administrative detention is actually far worse than a fixed sentence, be that five years, ten years, 20 years, or whatever and why. With a fixed sentence, you know when you're going home, a prisoner knows when he goes home. It could be ten years or 15 years down the line, but they know when they're going home. Not with an administrative detention.." They have documented "many cases where prisoners or detainees have been literally leaving the prison, walking out of the prison with their bags in their hand after their administrative detention order has expired [with their family waiting on the other side] and the Israelis have handed that detainee another administrative detention order and they have to go back into the cell to recommence another administrative detention order. Now, this is a form of psychological torture for not only the detainee [but also] their families."

Israel has on average issued over 2000 detention orders every year (between 2007 and 2011). Today there are around 450 administrative detainees. Most of them, like Muhammad Allan, having been transferred from the West Bank into Israel in contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, with their families being prevented from visiting them.

Three days ago, on 18th August 2015, 250 Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention in the “Negev” prison in the Naqab desert in the south of Palestine announced they will launch an open-ended hunger strike to defeat administrative detention. Their statement reads "the growing use of administrative detention.. represents a clear and explicit violation of all international conventions and human rights principles, where we are arrested for extended periods, for years continuously, at the mercy of a so-called “secret file,” where we have no right to defend ourselves. Administrative detention is a sword hanging over our necks, that eats away our flesh and blood and years of our lives without trial and without mercy."

We are here today outside the Israeli Embassy to demand an end to Israel's illegal policy of administrative detention.

End Administrative Detention!

Shame on you Israel! Shame you Israel!

Free Muhammad Allan!

Free Palestine!















VIDEO - Courtesy Alex Seymour: Jordan Embassy Protest For Amer Jubran





VIDEO - Courtesy Alex Seymour: Protest for Muhammed Allaan Israel Embassy






 

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