المؤتمر العام لنقابة المحاميين الأمريكيين..انتصار لقضية فلسطين وتبني لحملة الإفراج عن الرفيق سعدات
تبنى المؤتمر السبعين ( 70 ) لنقابة المحاميين الأمريكيين والمنعقد في العاصمة الأمريكية واشنطن منذ الأول من نوفمبر الجاري ويستمر حتى يوم الرابع من نوفمبر /تشرين الثاني مجموعة من القرارات والتوصيات المناصرة للشعب الفلسطيني وحقوقه الوطنية المشروعة وفي مقدمتها حق اللاجئين الفلسطينيين في العودة لديارهم وبيوتهم وحق الشعب الفلسطيني في تقرير المصير ومقاومة الاحتلال .
وقرر المؤتمر في الورشة الخاصة بالقضية الفلسطينية العمل على تبني حملة إعلامية لمناصرة الأسرى الفلسطينيين في السجون الصهيونية ، كما وتبني المؤتمر قضية الرفيق القائد أحمد سعدات الأمين العام للجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين بعد تقديم مجموعة من التوصيات والقرارات الخاصة بشأن قضية الرفيق سعدات والتي حازت على تأييد الأكثرية الساحقة من أعضاء النقابة بالقراءة الأولى .
وذكرت المحامية والناشطة الأمريكية شارلوت كيتس مسؤولة لجنة الشرق الأوسط في النقابة " القرار بشأن قضية سعدات يأتي متزامناً مع موعد محاكمته اللاقانونية واللاشرعية يوم الرابع من نوفمبر وهي (المحكمة) لا يمكن أن تكون مشروعة لكونها تصدر عن قوة احتلالية معادية " وذكرت كيتس بأنها شاركت مع وفد من قيادات النقابة وغيرها من النقابات الأمريكية في جلسات محاكمة سعدات في محكمة عوفر الصهيونية في أوائل أغسطس الماضي حبث قدم الوفد تقريراً تفصيلياً حول الانتهاكات الصهيونية المستمرة بحق الأسرى والأسيرات في سجون الاحتلال .
وأضافت كيتس " قرار النقابة بدعم حملة التضامن مع سعدات مهم جداً لأنه يهدف إلى تسليط الضوء على معاناة 11 ألف أسير وأسيرة في السجون الصهيونية بينهم مئات الأطفال وكبار السن والنساء والمرضى من ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة.
وأشارت إلى ان حكومات الولايات المتحدة تتحمل مسؤولية مباشرة عن معاناة الشعب الفلسطيني وذلك بسبب ما تقوم به الحكومة الأمريكية من تغطية مستمرة لسياسات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي.
نص القرار باللغة الانجليزية:
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE CAMPAIGN TO FREE AHMAD SA'ADAT AND ALL PALESTINIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS
WHEREAS, Israel currently holds over 11,000 Palestinians as political prisoners, including men, women and children, and one out of every four Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza has been subject to political arrest or detention, including 40% of Palestinian men from the West Bank and Gaza, and WHEREAS, the arrest, detention and imprisonment of Palestinians is directed by a series of over 1500 Israeli military regulations that can be changed at any time by the regional military commander, and Palestinians arrested by the Israeli military are often relocated to Israeli military prisons outside the West Bank and Gaza.in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and as the Israeli military continues to abduct Palestinians on a daily basis and imprison them in these military prisons, and WHEREAS, Palestinians abducted by the Israeli military are subject to psychological and physical torture and abuse, especially during the period of interrogation, which can last for up to 180 days, including up to sixty days in which a Palestinian prisoner may not be seen by an attorney, and WHEREAS, over half of all Palestinian political prisoners and detainees have not been tried, and WHEREAS, nearly one thousand Palestinians are held in "administrative detention," a system of detention without charge or trial, that is indefinitely extensible for successive six-month periods, confronted only by secret evidence that is impossible to refute, and WHEREAS, those Palestinian detainees that are tried are brought before an Israeli military court, in which Palestinians' rights to a fair trial are systematically violated, presided over by three judges, only one of which is required to have any legal training, and WHEREAS, the Israeli military courts exist only as a function of the illegal military occupation, and thus can never provide a legitimate or fair trial to Palestinian political prisoners, and WHEREAS, Palestinian national leaders, including Ahmad Sa'adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.Marwan Barghouti, Abdelaziz Dweik, Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and 39 other members of the PLC, are systematically targeted for political arrest and imprisonment, and WHEREAS.
the most basic of political activities, including simply being a member of most Palestinian political parties, are sufficient to serve as "charges" against Palestinian political prisoners and are met with substantial sentences, and WHEREAS, Ahmad Sa'adat and five other Palestinian political prisoners were arrested by the Palestinian Authority in 2002, and were transferred to Jericho Prison under U.S. and British guard as a condition of a settlement between then PA President Yasser Arafat and Israel in May 2002, and WHEREAS, during his time in PA prison, Sa'adat was never charged with any crime nor tried for any offense; his release was ordered by the Palestinian High Court, and supported by numerous international organizations, including Amnesty International, and WHEREAS, on March 14, 2006, the U.S. and British monitors at Jericho Prison left their posts, shortly before the inception of a ten-hour siege of the prison by the Israeli military that ended in the death of two Palestinians, the injury of twenty-three more, and the abduction of Ahmad Sa'adat and five other political prisoners from Jericho to Israeli military prisons, and WHEREAS, Ahmad Sa'adat is currently facing trial for 19 political offenses, including membership in a prohibited organization, holding a post in a prohibited organization, and incitement, for giving a speech after the Israeli assassination of his predecessor, Abu Ali Mustafa, in 2001, and his trial on these charges has been repeatedly delayed and postponed, often meeting for one day and not reconvening for periods of up to three months before continuing, and WHEREAS, Ahmad Sa'adat and his attorneys refuse to recognize the authority of a military court that is an instrument of occupation, and
WHEREAS, political imprisonment has been one part of a deliberate strategy to deprive Palestinians of their leaders, educators, writers, journalists, clergy, unionists, and popular activists from all political orientations, as part of the dispossession and repression of the Palestinian Arab people in the interests of colonialism and occupation for over sixty years, including the denial of millions of Palestinian refugees' right to return home, and WHEREAS, as Ahmad Sa'adat said in his statement to the court of January 14, 2007, " This trial cannot be separated from the process of the historical struggle in Palestine that continues today between the Zionist Movement and the Palestinian people, a struggle that centers on Palestinian land, history, civilization, culture and identity," and WHEREAS, there is an international campaign to free Ahmad Sa'adat, and all Palestinian political prisoners, and as the National Lawyers Guild has a history of supporting political prisoners' struggles for justice and freedom, and WHEREAS, the political imprisonment of thousands of Palestinians is made possible by the billions of dollars in economic and military support as well as the vast political and diplomatic support given to Israel by the United States ,THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Lawyers Guild calls for the immediate freedom of Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian political prisoners and detainees, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the National Lawyers Guild shall actively support the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat and all campaigns to free all Palestinian political prisoners and detainees, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NLG shall endeavor to issue statements, hold events and otherwise publicize the cases of Palestinian political prisoners and detainees, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NLG shall endeavor to support the struggles and organizing of Palestinian political prisoners, and the work of activists and organizations on the ground working for justice and freedom for Palestinian political prisoners, and BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NLG shall support, through events, statements, delegations and advocacy, the cause of freedom for which these thousands of prisoners are held - of self-determination, liberation and return for all Palestinians in exile and in all of historic Palestine.
Implementation by the NLG Middle East Subcommittee.
Submitted by the Steering Committee of the NLG Middle East Subcommittee.