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FREE HADEEL AND ALL OTHER POLITICAL PRISONERS!

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CONDEMN THE ARREST OF HADEEL SHATARA!

Robert Reid | Chairperson FFPS

On July 1, Palestinian educator Hadeel Shatara was arrested by the US-backed Zionist occupation forces at the Karameh crossing as she returned to Palestine from Jordan. She has since been held without access to a lawyer, a clear violation of her basic human rights. As Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network points out, this arrest cannot be separated from the broader systematic attack on Palestinian education by the Zionist occupation regime, evident in the mass arrests and terrorist-labelling of Palestinian students and student parties, the assassinations and kidnappings of university staff, and the systematic destruction of universities in Gaza.

This is the reality of Palestinians under the US-backed Zionist occupation. There is a clear parallel to be drawn with the reality of US imperialism in the Philippines where there is constant attacks against militant student organizations, teachers unions, Lumad schools, and everyone else fighting to assert their fundamental right to a national, scientific, and mass-oriented education. As friends of the fighting Filipino masses, we can understand how US imperialism, may it be through their bloody alliance with the Zionist entity or through their puppet government in the Philippines, view education not as a fundamental human right but as a mere tool to maintain its hegemony. 

As an international solidarity organization for the Philippines, FFPS stands in complete solidarity with Hadeel and all Palestinian political prisoners, including students, teachers, and staff, being held in Zionist prisons. Wherever it is in the world, may it be in Palestine or the Philippines, US imperialism knows no other way but to expose its own bloody character. As the Palestinian and Filipino people continue to resist and struggle against it with all means necessary, it is our duty as internationalists to support their struggles. In this light we call for the freedom of Hadeel and all political prisoners, from Palestine to the Philippines!

Free Hadeel Shatara and all other political prisoners!
Defend the Palestinian right to education!
From Palestine to the Philippines, stop the US war machine!
Long live international solidarity!