September Freedom March: No to administrative arrests!
On Friday, September 2nd, we held our sixth freedom march at the Tunnels Checkpoint. We marched together, Israelis and Palestinians, in protest of arbitrary administrative arrests, the result of which approximately 650 political prisoners are held in Israel today, without indictment or trial.
Some 200 people participated in the march, which also featured a theatrical performance of the liberation of prisoners. Speaking at the march were the liberated Palestinian prisoner, Rzala Khadji and CEO of the Public Commission Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), Dr. Rachel Stroumsa.
In her speech, Khadji said: “I have come today to tell myself, to tell you, my partners in struggle, that history has taught us that the freedom of one people does not come at the expense of another people, and cannot come to pass in a one-sided action. Without the sun, there would be no moon; without the clouds there would be no rain, that is why we share a destiny. Don’t create shackles that restrict our freedom, because they threaten you at the same time. Let us fight for peace, rather than fight against peace.”
Dr. Stroumsa added: “I am here because we can see the devastating influence of human rights violations in custody on both societies. We see people coming out of prison without a future and bruised – body and soul. We see the price Israeli society pays: the price of choosing to knowingly shut one’s eyes is the proliferation of institutional violence, and a terrifying dulling of senses. The reality of torture, abuse and inhumane treatment can and must be changed! Let’s make it happen.”