Free All Political Prisoners

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Today, April 17 marks Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, when Palestinians highlight the cases of our family and friends who have been through or are currently held in the Israeli prison system. Imprisonment is an issue that impacts almost all Palestinians inside occupied Palestine and many across the diaspora, including me.

I learned about Israel’s prison system at a young age, hearing horror stories from family and friends who endured brutality and torture when they were prisoners. My uncle Ayed, a man I look up to for his humor and kindness, spent time in Israeli prison during the First Intifada. In Israeli detention, he was tortured by Israeli prison guards and sustained life-long injuries. He was subjected to shock treatment to his head and constant beatings while he was on hunger strike. This dark period has impacted his entire life as he carries pain and trauma, both physical and mental.

Currently, there are 5,500 Palestinians in Israeli prisons across the occupied West Bank and Israel, including 500 administrative detainees, 200 children and 50 women. Since 1967, Israeli forces have arrested more than 800,000 Palestinians. Almost every Palestinian family of five has had one of its members detained in Israeli prisons.

Throwing Palestinians in cages is an Israeli tactic to assert control and serves as a tool of the occupation.  Detention of Palestinians is designed to tear down the social fabric of our society. With 99.74% conviction rate of Palestinians in Israeli military courts, imprisonment is meant to break down our spirit. Instead we continue to rise up and call for the freedom of Palestinians prisoners and all Palestinians who live under Israel’s control.  

Palestinian prisoners are at the center of the Palestinian struggle, for it is the prisoners who are calling for unity among Palestinians and among all freedom loving people around the globe. Their calls for justice and freedom span from Pelican Bay to Palestine. It is our duty to act on their demands and advocate for the freedom of political prisoners everywhere and envision a world without cages.

On this Palestinian Prisoners Day, we ask that you take time to learn about the crucial work that our partners at Addameer and Defense for Children International - Palestine are doing to advocate for Palestinian prisoners and their families. We also encourage you take action in your communities by building relationships with local organizers working on the issue of mass incarceration in the United States and transnationally.

As Nelson Mandela once said, “to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Much love,
Izzy Mustafa

Israeli elections and the work ahead of us


Dear Supporter,

As we watch the results of yesterday’s Israeli election come in, one thing is clear: racism is not the exclusive domain of any one political party or candidate - it spans the spectrum of almost all the Israeli political system itself. The Israeli elections took place in the shadow of the Jewish Nation-State Law, which constitutionally enshrines Jewish superiority that has existed in the State of Israel since its inception in 1948.

The winners may not yet be finally determined, but we know that Palestinians don’t win in a state that defines itself as exclusively for the Jewish people.  

 It is time to build a different vision for the future: one of justice for all.

The only tenable progressive vision for the world is one in which all people have freedom, historical justice and equal rights. This is a political opportunity to prevail and thrive collectively.

The Nation-State Law is but the latest reminder to our global community of the ever-present choice in situations of injustice: to align with the powerful and entrench inequality or to restore balance by siding with those excluded from power.

Securing Palestinian human rights depends not on the cancelling of the Nation-State Law, or enshrining liberal language into Israel’s constitutional code. True freedom and justice for Palestine requires that every individual pursue equality, even and especially when that individual benefits from privilege.It requires that institutions guarantee freedom, even and especially when keeping the Other behind walls or in cages offers a comforting illusion of safety.

It is a demand of justice, even and especially when justice requires that every exclusionary frame be dismantled. Such political coherence, rooted in universal values of human rights, will guide the emancipatory process of decolonization and the collective pursuit of historical justice.

Adalah Justice Project has teamed up with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights to shape a progressive vision.

Add your name to tell Congress that we want a new political vision that asserts that justice is indivisible!

We can’t do this without you!


With love and solidarity,


P.S. Please consider a monthly or one-time gift to Adalah Justice Project to support our advocacy work and bring more Palestinian voices to the US movement for social justice.

Palestinians Stand with the Highlander Center

The Highlander Center in New Market, Tennessee has been a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South for 85 years. Early on the morning of March 29, a building at the Highlander Center hosting the staff offices burned down completely. Thankfully no one was injured in the blaze.

The Highlander Center has been a strategic, dedicated and loving ally to the movement for Palestinian liberation. We owe this amazing institution and especially Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Highlander's co-executive director, our deep respect and gratitude for embedding Palestinian rights into their commitment to justice and equality for all, and for offering hope and vision for the future of our world.

This crowdfund is organized by Palestinian organizers who have benefitted, learned and grown from the leadership at the Highlander Center. Please give what you can to make sure that this pivotal institution for social justice is sustained and nurtured.