An open letter from one of the Canadians on-board the ship Tahrir :
November 7, 2011 – I write to you from cell 9 of the Apartheid State of Israel
Dear sisters and brothers, friends and loved ones,
I write to you from cell 9, block 59 Givon Prison near Ramla in Occupied
Palestine. Although I was tasered during the assault on the Tahrir, and bruised
during forcible removal dockside (I am limping slightly as a result) I am
basically ok. We, Ehab, Michael, Karen from Tahrir, as well as Karen, Kit (US)
and Jihan who we saw briefly this morning. We are most concerned about our
Tahrir shipmate, Palestinian Majd Kayyal from Haifa, last seen by us at Ashdod
being photographed and put in a police car.*
Although Michael and I (among others) were transported in handcuffs and leg
shackles, let me stress that we are neither criminals nor illegal immigrants
but rather political prisoners of the apartheid state of Israel. Four from the
Tahrir are imprisoned with 12 Irish comrades from the Saoirse, who have more
experience with such issues. The four of us, Ehab and I (Cdn), Michael (Aus)
and Hassan (UK) have joined with the Irish in their political prisoners’
committee in order to press our collective demands:
• association in the block – i.e. open cells
• adequate writing and reading material
• free communication with outside world – i.e. regular phone calls
• information about shipmate women held at same prison
We add one Tahrir-specific demand: that Israeli state recognize the
professional status of Democracy Now journalist Jihan Hafiz in accordance with
her credentials from the US government. All political incarceration is unjust
but let me stress that in duration and conditions, our situation pales in
comparison to the plight of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners and to
the open air prison of Gaza.
If you have energy to devote to solidarity actions in the coming days, please
concentrate on them. We must get Tahrir back and hope Freedom Waves continue.
Free Majd Kayyal! Free all political prisoners! Free Gaza! Free Palestine!
Anishnabe-debuewin, restons humaine, stay human, in love and struggle,
* Majd Kayyalwas released, but it appears David the other political prisoners
weren’t told where he was taken.