#FreeIssam Social Media Storm

Thursday, 2 December 2021

10 am Pacific – 1 pm Eastern – 6 pm British time – 7 pm central Europe – 8 pm Palestine

Dr. Issam Hijjawi Bassalat is a Palestinian activist and doctor who was arrested by the British authorities in August 2020 on trumped-up charges stemming from an infiltrator sent to spy on political meetings. On Friday, 3 December, Dr. Issam will appear in the High Court as he and his attorneys appeal the latest denial of his bail application.

Dr. Issam is in a very poor health condition. He has suffered a heart attack and gone through surgery already behind bars. Despite this, British authorities have refused to release him on bail, even though he has now been imprisoned for over a year and there is no indication that his case will soon come to trial.

Join us in a hashtag campaign/Twitterstorm #FreeIssam for the release of Dr. Issam Hijjawi Bassalat on Thursday, 2 December (the day before the hearing) at 8:00 pm occupied Jerusalem time (6:00 pm London time, 7:00 pm central Europe, 10:00 am Pacific time, 1:00 pm Eastern time)

On 3 December at 10 a.m. British time (5 am Eastern time, 11 a.m. in central Europe, 12 noon in Palestine), Issam’s bail application will be heard at the Magistrates Court, Dungannon Courthouse, in the occupied north of Ireland. Just like when political prisoners go to court in person, it is important for people to show up in court to show their support and solidarity and make it clear that this case is the subject of national and international scrutiny.

Please write to Samidoun at samidoun@samidoun.net to receive the link to attend the virtual court hearing on Friday, 3 December. Note that during the court hearing, please keep your sound off and display your name, and do not make an audio or video recording of the hearing. Let’s make our voices heard on 2 December and virtually show up in court for the release of Dr. Issam Hijjawi Bassalat! 

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