With Hana Shalabi’s condition deteriorating in Israeli jails, students in Scotland are stepping up their actions in solidarity with Hana and all the other courageous Palestinian hunger strikers fighting for dignity and freedom.
Last Saturday, in action called and organised by the student Palestine societies in Scotland, over 500 people marched on the BBC Scotland HQ in Glasgow demanding that they cover the story of Shalabi’s heroic strike of over a month. Since that action, we have been encouraged to see demonstrations called at the BBC’s in Liverpool and Belfast over the coming week.
This action followed a one day global fast called for by Edinburgh Uni SJP which trended worldwide on twitter and had thousands participating. It also runs in conjunction with a rolling hunger strike organised by Glasgow Uni Pal Soc and supported by Glasgow Caley Pal Soc, which has one person conducting a 24 hour fast every day whilst Hana remains on hunger strike.
In addition to this, thousands of stickers, posters and placards of Hana Shalabi have been put up around Glasgow and Edinburgh, iconising Shalabi as the face of the intifada that is currently erupting inside Israeli prisons.
Efforts have also been made to lobby MSPs to raise the practise of administrative detention and the condition of the hunger strikers in the Scottish Parliament. The response to this has been positive and we expect a motion to be brought to Parliament in the coming week.
However, the seriousness of the situation demands that we escalate our solidarity with the hunger strikers, and uniting various groups around the banner of ‘We Are All Hana Shalabi’ we have called another demonstration at the BBC for this Friday, 30th March, at 4pm, to coincide with Land Day and the Global March to Jerusalem.
With all of these actions, we hope to work closely with our fellow solidarity activists internationally in order to have the greatest effect possible in ensuring that our actions create the kind of sustained pressure that is needed to fundamentally change the status-quo . Most importantly, we hope to continue and increase our work with our comrades in Palestine who have led the way in bringing attention to the struggle of the prisoners and should continue to be at the forefront of any campaigns around the prisoners.
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