Facebook share Share on TwitterRSS feed

Innovative Minds © 2014. All Rights Reserved. www.inminds.co.uk

[Boycott - Other News]

London Vigil Demands Freedom For Hunger Striking Palestinian Lawyer Muhammed Allan and Human Rights Lawyer Shireen Issawi


inminds
5 July 2017



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi

On Friday 30th June 2017, Inminds humans rights group held a vigil outside the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to demand freedom for Palestinian lawyers targetted by the Israeli occupation, in particular freedom for hunger striking Palestinian lawyer Muhammed Allan who is on day 24 of his hunger strike, and Human Rights lawyer Shireen Issawi who has been caged for over 1200 days.

Inminds chair Abbas Ali said "We are symbolically holding this vigil outside the highest court in the land to focus on the plight of Palestinian lawyers in Israeli dungeons. Israel cannot justify abducting Muhammed Allan so they are pointing to his facebook posts as a catch all reason to cage any Palestinian who disagrees with the occupation of his land. And Shireen Issawi and her brothers are caged simply for doing their job as human rights lawyers providing a legal defence for fellow Palestinians incarcerated by the illegal occupation. It is about time the legal profession recognised Israel as a pariah state that has total contempt for the law, and to treat it as such!"

MUHAMMED ALLAN

33 years old Palestinian lawyer Muhammed Allan was abducted by the Israeli army from him home in the village of Einnabus, near Nablus on the West Bank, in a pre-dawn raid on 8th June 2017. To protest is imprisonment he has been on hunger strike since then, Friday being his 23rd day without food. He is being held without charge or trial.

The only reason given by the occupation as to his abduction is that they don't like his facebook posts. According to figures released by the Israel army and security service Shin Bet, in less than a year, the Israeli occupation forces and Shin Bet have arrested more than 400 Palestinians for facebook posts critical of the occupation, and the names of another 400 were passed to the PA for arrest as part of the policy of security coordination between the PA and Israel.

MUHAMMED ALLAN - PREVIOUS HUNGER STRIKE

Previously, in 2014, Muhammed Allan was abducted by the occupation forces, dragged to his law office and forced to hand over all his confidential client files to the occupation in disregard of attorney-client privilege laws, and then he was locked up without charge or trial under Israels illegal system of administrative detention. He was caged for 6 months without any reason being given. Muhammed Allan demanded Israel either charge him and put him on trial so he can defend himself, or otherwise release him. At the end of the 6 months Israel just renewed his administrative order for another six month. To protest, Mohammed Allan went on hunger strike. Both the Brussels based International Association Of Democratic Lawyers, and the National Lawyers Guild in the Unites States urged Israel to release Muhammed Allan. Israel ignored their requests and it took Muhammed 66 days of hunger strike to finally win his freedom in November 2015.



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi

ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION

Many Palestinians are caged without the formality of a charge, let alone a trial, or even a set length of sentence - people are just locked up indefinitely on the whim of the occupation under what is called administrative detention a vile form of internment.

Administrative detention orders can be up to 6 months long, and can be renewed indefinitely.. month after month.. year after year. For example administrative detainee Mazen Natsheh has been locked up cumulatively for nearly 10 years without charge or trial. Detention orders can be based on so called "secret information" which never needs to be produced, either to the detainee nor their lawyer, but often Administrative Detention is used to arbitrarily jail Palestinians where there is no evidence for a trial, or as punishment. Israel has on average issued over 2000 detention orders every year. Today over 500 Palestinians are held under Administrative Detention orders. The United Nations Human Rights Office has on many occasions condemned Israels practice of administrative detention, demanding Israel end it, pointing out that it violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which Israel has ratified.

SHIREEN ISSAWI

Palestinian human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi has been imprisoned by Israel for defending Palestinian political prisoners and supporting their families.

Shireen lives in the village of Issawiyeh in occupied East Jerusalem. On 6th March 2014 Israeli forces surrounded her home. With helicopter circling above they attacked, breaking the front door, they terrorising her elderly parents. But she wasn't in, they tracked her to a nearby checkpoint and abducted her. She was dragged to Israel's infamous torture den at Jerusalem Prison called the 'Russian Compound'. For two months she endured their endless interrogation sessions, forced into torturous stress positions for hours, which has left her with permanent joint and back pain. She was caged in solitary confinement, and denied family visits. Her weight dropped to just 39Kgs. Despite the abuse she did not break, and in May they moved her to HaSharon womens' prison near Haifa.

Five other lawyers were arrested at the same time as Shireen, including her brother Medhat and Amjad Safadi. Sadafi suffered 50 days of torture at the Russian Compound. Five days after his release he was found hanged.

HaSharon is a filthy prison infested with rats and cockroaches where women prisoners have to endure beatings, insults, threats, sexually explicit harassment and sexual violence, and humiliation at the hands of Israeli guards. They are often forced to undergo degrading strip searches during the middle of the night - forced to squat naked and subjected to intrusive internal body searches, for no reason other than as a punitive measure. On 3rd May 2015 the prison guards at HaSharon savagely beat Shireen right across her entire body before taking her into isolation in Ramleh for several months. Her tiny cell was completely sealed with plastic so there was no room for air until she choked and lost consciousness then the prison administration removed the plastic from the door. In June 2015 Shireen went on hunger strike to protest the poor conditions, she says "the cell lacked the minimum requirements for life. I was forced to sleep on the floor without even a mattress. The guards confiscated my personal belongings.." The cell had no amenities like water, and she was not allowed to buy any food.


The Law Society of England and Wales, representing 145,000 solicitors, demanded that Israel immediately release Shireen or conduct her trial in accordance with international human rights standards (17 Apr 2015) . The Israeli military court, with its Palestinian conviction rate of 99.7%, ignored this petition and on 7th May 2016 sentenced Shireen to 4 years imprisonment and her brother Medhat to 8 years.

Shireen Issawi has always worked for prisoners rights and in 2014 she won the Swiss based Alkarama Award for Human Rights Defenders for her work for Palestinian prisoners. Her parents received the award in Geneva on her behalf.



Vigil For Palestinian Hunger Striker Muhammed Allan and lawyer Shireen Issawi








Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi




Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Vigil for Palestinian hunger striker Muhammed Allan and human rights lawyer Shireen Issawi



Free Shireen Issawi banner

Source: www.inminds.com


Related Articles


Also Of Interest

Page URL: http://inminds.com/article.php?id=10761
Support Us
If you agree with our work then please support us.

Give one time donation:

Setup monthly donation:
INMINDS Facebook Live Feed
Latest Video's
Latest News..
[all-by date]
[all-by category]
[all-by modify date]
INMINDS Twitter Feed
Boycott Israel Campaign
Featured Video's
You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video.
Why boycott Israel on Campus[1:50:05]
12 London universities discuss need for BDS on campuses. Speakers include Rafeef Ziadeh, Ilan Pappe, Karma Nabulsi & Mike Cushman
Love Letters to Gaza[31:08]
A unique theatrical event using personal messages of love, support and hope from people of all ages and all walks of life to the people of Gaza.
John Pilger[7:55]
journalist and documentary maker
Antiwar Mass Assembly 8 Oct 2011
Julian Assange[7:07]
founder of WikiLeaks
Antiwar Mass Assembly 8 Oct 2011
Lauren Booth, Sami Ramadani & Yvonne Ridley[6:28]
Reading the names of the dead
Antiwar Mass Assembly 8 Oct 2011
George Galloway[6:39]
Antiwar Mass Assembly 8 Oct 2011
Jemima Khan[8:42]
Antiwar Mass Assembly 8 Oct 2011
Why Boycott Marks & Spencer 2011?[23:29]
Demo outside M&S Oxford Street(24 Sept 2011)
Sean Clinton[4:59]
Israeli Blood Diamonds Campaign
Al Quds Day rally, Trafalgar Square (31 Aug 2011)
Lauren Booth[5:24]
Al Quds Day rally, Trafalgar Square (31 Aug 2011)
Lauren Booth - Prayer for Gaza[2:46]
Al Quds Day rally, Trafalgar Square (31 Aug 2011)
Benny Morris - Historian or Racist?[34:07]
Activists oppose visit of racist Israeli historian Benny Morris who justifies ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Is Israel applying apartheid?[2:12:56]
Speakers: Yael Kahn, Jody McIntyre and Ghada Karmi (5 May 2011)
Karen Mitchell[48:27]
Partner at Thompsons Solicitors
Life changing visit to Palestine in 2008 (21 Feb 2011)
Ramzy Baroud[1:59:32]
Editor-in-chief of the Palestine Chronicle
"My Father Was A Freedom Fighter - Gaza's Untold Story" (25 Mar 2011)
Women United in the Intifada[2:31:36]
Speakers: Lizzie Cocker, Ewa Jasiewcz, Alaa Kassim, Yvonney Ridley, Isis Amlak, Sukant Chandan, Ramzy Baroud (14 Mar 2011)
George Galloway[1:01:48]
Solidarity with the Middle-East Revolution, support the people - oppose US/UK intervention (SOAS, 11 Mar 2011)
Omar Barghouti[55:08]
BDS Movement co-founder
"Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions" book launch (7 Mar 2011)
Shir Hever[1:49:09]
Alternative Information Centre
The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation, Kings College London (17 Feb 2011)
Why academic boycott of Israel[1:29:37]
Speakers: Mohammed Abuabdou(PSCABI), Mike Cushman(BRICUP), Jodey McIntyre(activist) (8 Feb 2011)
Dashed Hopes - Gaza Blockade[1:23:08]
Mohammed-Ali Abu Najela (Oxfam), Andrea Becker (MAP), Ewa Jasiewicz (Free Gaza Movement) (1 Feb 2011)
Jordan Valley: Apartheid[1:17:12]
Sarah Cobham(Brighton Jordan Valley Solidarity), Chris Osmond (Corporate Watch) (House of Commons, 1 Feb 2011)
Dump Veolia Demo[7:00]
Protesting at settlement supporter Veolia's sponsership of exhibit at the Natural History Museum (23 Oct 2010)
Boycott Israeli Dates [1/2][9:11]
Are you financing Israels brutal occupation this Ramadan?
Boycott Israeli Dates [2/2][9:05]
Are you financing Israels brutal occupation this Ramadan?
Lee Jasper [1/2][10:13]
[4 of 8] Genocide Memorial Day 2010 Session One, 17-1-2010
Lee Jasper [2/2][9:51]
[5 of 8] Genocide Memorial Day 2010 Session One, 17-1-2010
One Oppressor One Bullet[8:11]
Imam Achmad Cassiem, veteran of the armed struggle against apartheid in South Africa, speaks at the StW rally (London, 19 Feb 2005)
Salwa Alenat [1/2][9:56]
KavLaOved (Workers Rights hotline)
[1 of 8] Israel's Occupation - Abuse of Palestinian Workers (LSE 19 Nov 2009)
Salwa Alenat [2/2][8:57]
KavLaOved (Workers Rights hotline)
[2 of 8] Israel's Occupation - Abuse of Palestinian Workers (LSE 19 Nov 2009)
For Anwar [1of2][10:01]
Carmel Agrexco Valentines Action 7 Feb 2009
For Anwar [2of2][9:56]
Carmel Agrexco Valentines Action 7 Feb 2009
big
[all videos (over 200)..]
Special Additions

Featured MP3 Podcast

"Scalp bounties were the payment of a fee for proof of death of an Indian, any Indian, on a graduated scale. At the top of the scale they would pay the highest amount for proof of death by way of the production of a scalp, or bloody red skin - origin of the term 'red skins' - of an adult male Indian. Half that fee would be payed for proof of death by the same means of a adult female, quarter to be payed for proof of death of a child, child being defined as as a human being under 10 years of age down to and including a fetus.. every single colony on the east coast, every state of the Union and territory of the United States within the confines of the 48 contiguous states, had in place, in some period of its history, a scalp bounty - removed usually when there were no longer sufficient number of Indians left to kill to warrant its continuation..that's as absolutely clinical a genocidal policy as is possible to envision, they weren't interested in any particular Indians, any Indians would do and they would pay for proof of death - they wanted all of us dead."
American Indian scholar, activist in the struggle for liberation of Indigenous Peoples in America
Genocide of Indigenous Peoples in North America, Action for Social and Ecological Justice on December 2, 2001, in Burlingotn, VT [50min / 11Mb]
[need flash]

[all podcasts..]
Newsletter
To subscribe
enter your email:

COPY VERIFICATION CODEcopy this code —>
Feedback
If you wish to comment on this page:

(all fields optional)



COPY VERIFICATION CODEcopy this code —>
The opinions expressed on this site, unless otherwise stated, are those of the authors.
All logos & trademarks are the property of their respective owners and their use is covered under 'fair use' policy.
Copyright © 1998-2012 Innovative Minds www.inminds.com All Rights Reserved.
The opinions expressed on this site, unless otherwise stated, are those of the authors.
All logos & trademarks are the property of their respective owners and their use is covered under 'fair use' policy.
Copyright © 1998-2012 Innovative Minds www.inminds.com All Rights Reserved.