For over 40 years, Saadat was targeted ruthlessly. He's been arrested numerous times, tortured, imprisoned on false charges or none at all, kept in punishing long-term isolation, and brutalized other ways. He calls himself "a prisoner for freedom."
"Our people are stronger than the occupation and its mockery of legality," he states. On September 9, he appeared in Jerusalem's Magistrate's Court. He's imprisoned for political, not legitimate, reasons.
"I will not recognize the legitimacy of this court which is attempting to perpetuate the occupation of our Palestinian land, and is itself one of the fronts of Zionist terrorism against our Palestinian people, and a tool of repression against Palestinian prisoners," he said.
His appearance related to a private lawsuit. Shurat Ha-Din (the Israel Law Center) filed it in America. It's a pro-Israeli front group. It calls itself the "bane of anti-Israel groups throughout the world." It terrorizes through irresponsible lawfare.
It viciously targets anyone challenging Israeli lawlessness. It intimidated insurers to deny coverage for humanitarian boats to Gaza. It pressured Greece and other governments to prevent them from departing their ports.
It holds Saadat, the PFLP, and other prominent Palestinian organizations financially liable for dual Israeli/Western citizen deaths. Doing so is laughable on its face.
Earlier, it tried to force political prisoner Marwan Barghouti to testify at Jerusalem hearings. He's lawlessly imprisoned like Saadat and thousands of other Palestinians.
Saadat appeared in court for the first time since held in solitary confinement for over three years. Doing so constitutes torture. International law prohibits it at all times, under all circumstances with no allowed exceptions.
He was steadfast saying:
"I say nothing to this court, as I earlier said nothing to this court, which is known to have my name."
He replied to being excluded from Israel's October 2011 prisoner exchange, saying:
"The freedom of the homeland is more important and more dear than my personal freedom, which is inevitable."
At the hearing's close, he added:- Advertisement -
"If the United States is so interested in human rights and fact-finding they should carry out their investigations into finding the murderers of American solidarity martyr Rachel Corrie who was killed by the forces of the Occupation, instead of attacking the resistance and calling it 'Terrorism.' "
"Resistance is legitimate, will continue, and will grow as long as the occupation exists. The Palestinian people will continue to resist until freedom, liberation and independence, and the return of all the Palestinian people to their homeland, Palestine."
"The justice of our cause and the steadfastness of our people and determination strong, is stronger than the occupation, and its mockery of courts and legality, no matter how severe the restrictions on the freedom of our people, freedom is inevitable."