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Anat Matar (philosophy) wants all the terrorists put back on the streets

[alef] Appeal of the Israeli Action Committee for the Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees

Anat Matar matar at post.tau.ac.il
Wed Aug 31 17:31:43 IDT 2005  


Please circulate widelyAppeal of the Israeli Action Committee for the Palestinian Prisoners andDetaineesThe Committee is an Israeli organization, which firmly believes that therecan be no peace between Israel and Palestine so long as thousands ofPalestinian so-called "security prisoners" and hundreds of administrativedetainees continue to be held in Israeli prisons.Members of the Committee believe that the Palestinian prisoners can andshould play a significant role in advancing the peace process and inspreading the message that co-existence in the Middle East is indeedpossible - but only if Israeli society pays attention to their hardships andputs an end to the systematic institutional discrimination against them -which exists first at the judicial level, and later on with regard to theirimprisonment conditions and parole opportunities.Members of the Committee are in close contact with a significant number oflong-serving Palestinian prisoners, imprisoned even before the signing ofthe Oslo Accords, who strongly believe in a peaceful solution to theIsraeli-Palestinian conflict.Therefore,The committee members have made it their goal to:·        Work to change the existing norm, whereby parole boards routinelydeny parole to long-serving Palestinian "security prisoners" after theyfinish serving two-thirds of their sentence;·        Act towards commuting the sentences of long-serving prisoners,especially those whose cases the government of Israel refuses to evendiscuss with the Palestinian Authority (e.g., prisoners who hold Israelicitizenship);·        Advance a public discussion within Israeli society regarding theproblem of the Palestinian prisoners, raising public awareness to theircause;·        Bring about a change in the incarceration conditions of thoseclassified as "security prisoners," equating them to those of otherprisoners.In order to achieve these goals, the Committee is already operating, andwill continue to operate, both in the public and the legal arenas. In itsfirst year of activity, the Committee aims to represent several Palestinian"security prisoners" who have already spent over 15 years in jail. TheCommittee will ask, on their behalf, that their sentences be commuted, andwill represent them in parole board hearings. In addition, the Committeeintends to launch a public campaign, which will include writing newspaperarticles and holding at least one academic conference on the subject.In order to advance its activities, the Committee needs some financialsupport. A large part of the activity is done by volunteers, yet theexpenses involved in legal representation demand resources. The Committee'slegal dealings are coordinated by Adv. Michael Sfard of Tel Aviv.Please help us achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. Pleasedistribute this appeal as widely as possible, write letters and articlesabout the problem of the Palestinian prisoners, and also, please help uscover the expenses of our activities.Donations can be deposited to The First International Bank (031), accountnumber 246980, Zamarot Branch (064), swift code FIRBILIT.Cheques by mail (to the order of Anat Matar) can be sent to Anat Matar, 33Bernstein-Cohen St., Ramat Hasharon 47213, Israel.For further details:Tamar Berger - 972-54-5331484 ; tberger at netvision.net.ilSanaa Salame - 972-54-4805040 ; foadsult at zahav.net.ilAnat Matar - 972-52-8560001 ; matar at post.tau.ac.ilThe First International Bank (031), account number 246980, Zamarot Branch(064), swift code FIRBILIT.Cheques by mail (to the order of Anat Matar) could be sent to Anat Matar, 33Bernstein-Cohen St., Ramat Hasharon 47213, Israel.For further details:Tamar Berger - 972-54-5331484 ; tberger at netvision.net.ilSanaa Salame - 972-54-4805040 ; foadsult at zahav.net.ilAnat Matar - 972-52-8560001 ; matar at post.tau.ac.il

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