Campaign grows to free Belgian artist Mustapha Awad as labor unions, parliamentarians sign on

Supporters of Belgian-Palestinian artist, performer and human rights defender Mustapha Awad, detained by the Israeli occupation since 19 July 2018 when he was seized by occupation forces at the Karameh border crossing from Jordan, visited with representatives of the Belgian foreign ministry on Wednesday, 22 August. You too can take action to free Mustapha Awad! 

Awad’s arrest has sparked widespread condemnation from numerous Belgian and international organizations and individuals. Increasing attention has been drawn to the exclusion of BDS activists and human rights defenders from occupied Palestine and the interrogation of others at the colonially imposed borders. In this context, the arrest of Awad is a particularly chilling example of the seizure of a foreign citizen, who does not have a Palestinian ID, while he attempted to visit Palestine, the land from which his family was forced in 1948.

Rana Maher Daibes of Raj’een Dabkeh with Robert Verteneuil, president of the General Federation of Belgian Labor

As the case has become more visible in mainstream Belgian media, with both French and Dutch agencies reporting on the case, support for the imprisoned dancer – co-founder of the Raj’een debkeh group – has also grown. The FGTB (General Federation of Belgian Labour, the national socialist trade union federation in Belgium) endorsed the petition supporting Awad as did its president Robert Verteneuil. Belgian federal parliamentarian, Gwenaelle Grovonius, also signed on to the petition along with over 100 organizations and over 1,000 individuals.

Cultural groups like Presence et Action Culturelle and community groups and NGOs supporting Palestine and human rights like Intal, Vrede, Le Space and the Ligue des Droits de l’Homme in Liege have also joined the over 100 organizations supporting his call for freedom. See the list of organizational endorsers and sign the petition here.

The “Free Mustapha” Committee also issued a call for donations to help aid Awad’s legal defense in occupied Palestine and in Belgium.

“We need to raise money…There are no small donations, the smallest one will be a helping hand. We thank you in advance and do not hesitate to share the petition, the page, the press articles and the bank account number:

“Free Mustafa
BE96 7360 5044 3805.

The committee issued a press release following its meeting with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Take Action!

You can help build the campaign to free imprisoned artist Mustapha Awad. Please join us by taking the following actions:

Sign on to the statement here as a group or an individual:

Join the Facebook page –> Free Mustapha Awad الحرية لمصطفى عوض

Donate to the “Free Mustapha” committee legal fund. In Europe, you can send a SEPA Transfer to:
Free Mustafa
BE96 7360 5044 3805.

Take a “Free Mustapha” photo with the poster below and send it to the Committee at or submit it to the Facebook page.

Organizational Endorsers

AFPS Nord-Pas de Calais
AFPS Paris-Sud
Al-Awda, Palestine Right to Return Coalition – NY
American Muslims for Palestine – NY
Amitié Sans Frontières,  Vriendschap Zonder Grenzen
Antwerp for Palestine
Asbl Aljabal
Association Belgo-Palestinienne
Association Charente Palestine Solidarite
Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP)
Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), India
Bacbi: Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
BDS Berlin
BRussells Tribunal
Bruxelles Panthères
Canada Palestine Association-Vancouver
Centre Culturel Arabe en Pays de Liège
Cercle des Étudiants Arabo-Européens de l’ULB
Comité de Vigilance pour la Démocratie en Tunisie
Comité pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient
Comite Verviers Palestine
Communauté Palestinienne en Belgique
Communist Party of Belgium
Communist Party (Sweden)
Coup Pour Coup 31
CSC Charleroi-Sambre & Meuse
Dar al Janub – Union for antiracism and peace policy
Diensten en Onderzoek Centrum Palestina (docP)
Een Andere Joodse Stem / Another Jewish Voice
Eglise Protestante Baptise La Fraternité
Familles de prisonniers pour la justice (Belgique)
FGTB Wallonie
Filipino Refugees in the Netherlands (FREN)
Freedom Archives
Free Palestine Movement
French Friends of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin
G3W/M3M (belgian NGO)
GAPP (Gents ActiePlatform Palestina)
Greek Front of Resistance and Solidarity with Palestine “Ghassan Kanafani”
Groupe Non-Violent LOUIS LECOIN
GUPS Aix-Marseille
Hand in Hand
Hannah vzw
Independent Jewish Voices – Canada
Inminds Human Rights Group
International Action Center
IJAN, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS)
Internationalt forum – Middle East group
ISM-Northern California
Jacksonville Community Action Committee
Jacksonville Palestine Solidarity Network
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Justice Sans Frontières JSF Belgium
Käthe Kollwitz Vredesloop
Labor for Palestine
Le Space
Leuvense Actiegroep Palestina
Ligue des Droits de l’Homme de Liege
Links Ecologisch Forum/Forum Gauche Ecologie
London Palestine Action
Manchester Boycott Israel Group
Maramya ASBL
MOC de Charleroi-Thuin
Mouvement Citoyen Palestine
National Lawyers Guild Palestine Subcommittee
NZ Palestine Solidarity Network (New Zealand)
Paix Juste au Proche-Orient Ittre
Palestina Solidariteit
Palestina Solidariteit Herent / 11.11.11-Herent
Palestina Solidariteit Wetteren
Palestine Solidarity Committee – Austin, Texas
Palestine Democratic Forum
Palestinian Rights committee, Albany New York USA
Parallelo Palestina
Party for Socialism and Liberation
Peoples Video Network
Pittsburgh Palestine Solidarity Committee
Plate-forme Charleroi-Palestine
Plateforme Palestine Watermael-Boitsfort
Porte-parole du Collectif Judéo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine
Presence et Action Culturelles
Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide
Raj’een Dabkeh Group
Samidoun Göteborg
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Secours Rouge Canada
Secours Rouge de Belgique
Solidaris Namur
Studenten voor Rechtvaardigheid in Palestina – Amsterdam
Students for Justice in Palestine Houston
Students for Justice in Palestine, Temple University
Students for Justice in Palestine UCSB
Students for Justice in Palestine VUB
Students for Justice in Palestine, University of South Carolina
SUD Solidaires
The Rights Forum
Union générale des femmes palestiniennes en Belgique et au Luxembourg
Union Nationale des Mutualités Socialistes
Union of Palestinian Communities and Institutions – Europe
UPJB | Union des Progressistes Juifs de Belgique
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Victoria Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Victory to the Intifada (Manchester)
Vrede vzw
Vriendschap صداقة  
Vrouwen in het Zwart, Vrouwen voor Vrede
V-SB (Flemish Socialist Movement)
vzw Victoria Deluxe
Werkgroep Vluchtelingen Gent vzw
Werkgroep Vrede en Ontwikkeling Watermaal-Bosvoorde
WESPAC Foundation

Published on Samidoun 26 August 2018 

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