OTTAWA, Saturday, January 01, 2022 (WAFA) – The Communist Party of Canada has expressed concern about the fate of Palestinian prisoner Hesham Abu Hawash, after completing more than 138 days of hunger strike, calling for his immediate release from Israeli jails and for an end of Israel’s administrative detention policy.
“Given the urgency of the situation, we urge Minister Mélanie Joly to put immediate pressure on the Israeli authorities to demand the immediate release of Mr. Abu Hawash,” said the party in a statement.
Canada’s Communist Party demanded the Canadian government “to take consistent action for the release of all political prisoners, the end of the administrative detention regime and the respect of the Geneva Convention by the Israeli authorities.”
The statement added, “In the longer term, we know that the core issue remains the occupation of Palestine and therefore demand that the Government of Canada take a clear stand in support of international law and a clear stand in support of the creation of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, with (now occupied) East Jerusalem as its capital, and in support of the right of return for 1948 refugees.”
“We also call on all progressive, democratic, trade union, social and popular forces to join their voices to this cause. Whether it is, in the long term, the liberation of Palestine and the defeat of the Zionist project or, in the short term, the liberation and saving of the life of Hesham Abu Hawash, the struggle is the same.”