Chicago, Feb. 25: Condemn the killing of prisoner Arafat Jaradat / Call-In to the White House

Israel has TORTURED and KILLED another Palestinian in prison!  Do Palestinian lives have any value to the U.S.  government?

Maan News Agency reports that political prisoner Arafat Jaradat was beaten and hanged for many hours on end in Israeli custody, this according to his lawyer, Kameel Sabbagh. And an autopsy conducted in Israel in the presence of Palestinian officials revealed that the 30-year-old Jaradat had six broken bones in his neck, spine, arms and legs.

As we call for the release of Samer Issawi and the other Palestinian hunger strikers and prisoners, and protest yet another representative of the Israeli Occupation Forces and criminal government INVITED to the U of C, this news demands that we respond like the thousands of Palestinians already demonstrating back home.
Join us Monday, February 25, as we Protest Former Israel Defense Forces officer at the University of Chicago

Stop Israel’s Killing Machine
Free All Palestinian Prisoners Now

WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2013, at 5:45 PM

WHERE: U of C’s International House
1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago

Please wear black, bring a flashlight or candle, and come prepared to raise your voices in chants.  We will have signs, or you can make your own.

We again call on all activists, especially those in the U.S., to call President Obama and the State Department on Monday, February 25th, from 9 AM to 5 PM EST, to take action.

“My name is _____ from __________ and I demand that the US administration intervene for the immediate release of Samer Issawi, the other hungers strikers, and all the Palestinian administrative detainees and political prisoners held by Israel.”

1) Call President Obama at 1-202-456-1111

2) Call US Secretary of State John Kerry at 1-202-647-4000 (pick option 4 for the operator and ask to leave a message for Kerry) and the Office of Near East Affairs at 1-202-647-7209 (you will get transferred to Marguerite Pickett to leave a message)

There will also be a campaign on Twitter, as there has been for multiple days, at 2 PM CST, to demand the release of Samer Issawi. Check @samerissawi1 for the hashtag to use.

For updates on the worldwide campaign, follow “The Free Samer Issawi Campaign” page on Facebook 

Issawi had been detained by Israeli authorities without any charge whatsoever. He had been released from prison in October 2011 as a part of the Shalit prisoner swap, but was detained again without charge on 7 July 2012 and has been refusing food since August 2012 to protest his detention. He is still in critical condition. He is losing his vision, vomiting blood and lapsing in and out of consciousness.



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