Tuesday, April 12, 2016

International Day of Solidarity for Palestinian Prisoners

This Sunday April 17th, the weather is going to be spring-like here in the Hudson Valley - a sunny day with temperatures in the 70's! April 17th - a perfect day. No clouds in the sky. But this beautiful day holds a darkness that needs to be acknowledged. April 17th marks the International Day of Solidarity for Palestinian Prisoners. Over 7,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently held in Israeli jails; more than 600 in administrative detention without charge, without trial. Palestinian prisoners face military courts that convict over 99 percent of those who appear before them. Over 400 Palestinian children as young as 12 years old are unjustifiably detained. Torture is common. The Palestinian prisoners' movement calls on organizations and people of conscience around the world to express solidarity with and call for freedom for Palestinian prisoners and their families who have been subjected to military rule - with no regard for their humanity - throughout their lives. Let us stand in silent vigil on this day, Sunday April 17th. 12 noon. Woodstock Village Green.

Jane Toby

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