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Palestinian Prisoner Walid Daqqa Passes Away in Prison at 62


Walid Daqqa


Remembering Walid Daqqa (RIP)

Walid Daqqa, a Palestinian native of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, spent an astonishing 38 years incarcerated in an Israeli prison. His conviction in 1986 for his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of soldier Moshe Tamam, a case shrouded in controversy, marked the beginning of his lengthy ordeal. Throughout his imprisonment, Daqqa vehemently maintained his innocence, sparking discussions about the intricacies of his case and the broader challenges faced by Palestinian detainees within the Israeli justice system.



WALID DAQQA AND HIS WIFE SANA’ SALAMEH ON THEIR WEDDING DAY IN ASHKELON PRISON
WALID DAQQA AND HIS WIFE SANA’ SALAMEH ON THEIR WEDDING DAY IN ASHKELON PRISON

Advocate for Justice

Daqqa's steadfast dedication to pursuing a retrial to prove his innocence illustrates his role as a relentless champion for justice. His legal battles not only highlighted the complexities of his own case but also brought attention to the systemic injustices endured by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons. His unwavering resolve echoes as a symbol of resilience and a pursuit of knowledge.


Intellectual Figure

Beyond his legal struggles, Daqqa emerged as a prominent intellectual figure among Palestinian prisoners. Equipped with a critical intellect and a master's degree in democracy studies, he engaged in rigorous analyses, particularly in the wake of the Oslo Accords. His writings and discussions within prison walls challenged prevailing narratives and encouraged critical thinking about political engagement and strategies of resistance.


Radical Educator

Daqqa's advocacy extended beyond intellectual discourse and into practical action within the prison environment. Recognizing the power of education and mentorship, he took on the role of a mentor for younger prisoners, imparting knowledge and advocating for peaceful means of protest. Through his guidance, he instilled a sense of hope and resilience.


Systematic Suppression

The tragic passing of Walid Daqqa, following a battle with cancer exacerbated by inadequate medical care, serves as a poignant reminder of the harsh realities faced by Palestinian prisoners. In the face of worsening health and pressing medical necessities, Israeli authorities rejected his plea for early release, prolonging his anguish. At least 10 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons since the war began on October 7, according to “Wafa”. His death highlights the systematic denial of rights endured by Palestinian prisoners.


Honoring a Legacy

In the wake of his passing, tributes poured in from around the world, commemorating Daqqa's intellectual contributions, unwavering commitment to justice, and embodiment of Palestinian resilience. His writings and advocacy efforts continue to inspire and galvanize the Palestinian struggle for freedom and dignity, serving as a guiding light for those striving for a more just and equitable future. Walid Daqqa's legacy transcends the confines of his imprisonment, standing as a beacon of hope and inspiration amidst the ongoing struggle for justice and dignity in the face of oppression. His memory lives on as a testament to the enduring quest for freedom and liberation for the Palestinian people.



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