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Jaan Laaman’s Message for the April 2005 Palestinian Speaking Tour of North America

May 11, 2005

POWER TO THE PEOPLE! FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE!

Hello. This is Jaan Laaman, anti-imperialist political prisoner, speaking to you from Walpole State Prison in Massachusetts. I’m sending this message today, March 31, which is Land Day in Palestine. It is with enthusiasm, pleasure an a decades-long commitment of solidarity to the Palestinian people and their noble just cause of Freedom, Justice and Independence for Palestine, that I salute this tour and all you people participating.

The slogans I began with are well worn, going back to the 60s, but the cause of a free and independent Palestine goes back even further. In fact the Palestinian people’s struggle, with their words, battles, suffering and sacrifices helped awaken people worldwide, including here in America, to the realities of u.s. imperialism and the Zionist Israeli state. Yet here we are, in the 21st century and still Palestine is an occupied and abused nation.

We know Israeli prisons are full with Palestinian men, young and old, and even with women and children. We also know Israelis are routinely violating Human Rights, abusing and even torturing prisoners. It is so important for us here in North America to speak out and act out on this. And let it be heard, that political prisoners in America stand in firm and fraternal solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners.

Before I finish let me inform everyone about a new voice of u.s. political prisoners, 4strugglemag.org. That is www. the number 4strugglemag.org. The next issue, which comes out in May, features a major section on Palestine. 4strugglemag is committed to continue writing about and supporting the Palestinian people.

Well, I won’t lie, I most definitely would rather be out there at this gathering with all of you right now, but do know that I, and all political prisoners, are with you in spirit and solidarity.

FREE PALESTINE!
FREE PALESTINIAN PRISONERS!
FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!

And remember by sisters and brothers,

FREEDOM IS A CONSTANT STRUGGLE!

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