by 1804 Books

We, the International Union of Left Publishers (IULP) call on all publishers, writers, artists, intellectuals, and people of conscience to demand the immediate release of the revolutionary writer and thinker Walid Daqqah from the jails of the Israeli Occupation.

Walid Daqqah has been imprisoned since the age of 25 for his resistance to the Israeli Occupation and his defense of the Palestinian people. Now 61, he has endured this unjust imprisonment for almost 37 years. His medical condition is rapidly deteriorating and it is critical that he receive a bone marrow transplant and other urgent medical care, but he has been denied medical treatment by the Israeli authorities.

As one of the most important thinkers and visionaries of the Palestinian resistance today, Walid Daqqah has been subjected to extra levels of the routine torture, abuse, and neglect that Palestinian prisoners face in the Occupation’s jails. He is a voice of the people, a voice that the Occupation fears and hopes to silence. But though his body is behind bars, his voice has broken free through his novels, essays, and letters, which have nourished and motivated the Palestinian prisoner movement, the resistance, and the international solidarity movement in all corners of the world. Walid Daqqah’s imprisonment is a violation of his most basic human rights, those of his family and of his people, and also a violation of the rights of all people in struggle who deserve to learn from, listen to, and exchange with him and his ideas.

The ongoing imprisonment of Walid Daqqah is a sentence to death, and the world is witness to the US-backed Israeli Occupation’s attempts to silence the Palestinian resistance by any means possible. We demand the immediate release of Walid Daqqah to his family and immediate access to medical care. We raise our voices in firm solidarity with Walid Daqqah, the almost 5000 Palestinian prisoners who remain unjustly behind bars, and the imprisoned and repressed voices of reason who suffer the attacks of imperialism across the world. 

The IULP is a network of over 40 publishers working to promote left books, defend left authors, publishers, and bookshops, and to develop a copy left method of sharing books across our countries and languages.


804 Books (United States)

All Nepal Peasants Federation (Nepal)

Batalla de Ideas (Argentina)

Bharathi Puthakalayam (India)

BLAST Editions (France)

Chintha Publishers (India)

Dogma Editorial (México)

Éditions du Commun (France)

Editions Les Daronnes (France)

Editions Les Lisières (France)

Editorial Caminos (Cuba)

Editorial Combatiente (Perú)

Estrella Roja (Venezuela)

Expressão Popular (Brasil)

Gonoprakashan (Bangladesh)

Hystériques et AssociéEs Editions (France)

Incendiar el Océano (México)

Inkani Books (South Africa)

Intercontinental Publishers Ltd (Kenya)

Instituto Simon Bolivar (Venezuela)

Janashakti (India)

Kriya (India)

LeftWord Books (India)

Manifest Libres (Catalunya)

Marjin Kiri (Indonesia)

Monthly Review (United States)

Naked Punch Review (Pakistan)

Navatelangana Publishing House (India)

Navayug Prakashan (India)

Ojas (India)

Premiers Matins de Novembre Éditions (France)

Red Star Press (Italy)

Vaam Prakashan (India)

Vadell Hermanos Editores (Venezuela)

Vita Books (Nairobi)

Založba/*cf (Slovenia)