At a time of pandemic crisis, the release of Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli prisons becomes even more urgent.

Victims of the Israeli occupation and its systematic violation of the fundamental human rights of the Palestinians, there are, according to the Samidoun solidarity network, approximately 5000 Palestinian political prisoners imprisoned by Zionist colonialism, including more than 180 children, 430 prisoners under the regime of administrative detention, without charges or trial, and 700 sick prisoners, 200 of whom have chronic and serious illnesses, which put them at even greater risk if the Covid-19 pandemic spreads through the jails.

The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) has denounced and condemned Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, as well as the complicity of the US administration through its illegal positions, namely the so-called “Agreement of the Century”, an arrangement between the administration Trump and the most reactionary Zionist interests, the “recognition” of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the “legalization” of the settlements built in the territories occupied in 1967, the “recognition” of the annexation of the Golan Heights belonging to Syria and cuts in funding to UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees.

For this reason, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners, which is celebrated on April 17, and as it has done on other occasions, the CPPC calls for the efforts in the fight for the freedom of Palestine to come together, demanding liberation of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons, given that their immediate release has become even more urgent, at a time when their lives are at even greater risk due to COVID-19.

CPPC reaffirms its solidarity with the people of Palestine and its patriotic forces and maintains its commitment to fight for a solution that respects their rights by establishing a sovereign, independent and viable state of Palestine on the borders prior to June 1967 , with capital in East Jerusalem, and recognizing the right of refugees to return under UN resolution 194, this calls for an end to occupation, an end to the siege of Gaza, the release of Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli jails, the dismantling of the settlements and the separation wall.

CPPC demands from the Portuguese authorities – in line with the principles of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, determined action in defence of the rights of the Palestinian people, of the immediate release of Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli jails and by recognizing the State of Palestine.

National Board of CPPC


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