Georges is a Lebanese Arab struggler for Palestine, imprisoned
in French prisons for over 32 years. Georges Abdallah's case has built
significant support in Lebanon and in France, and Palestinian prisoners
have highlighted the importance of Abdallah's case as part of the struggle
of the Palestinian political prisoners for freedom and liberation.
Abdallah was sentenced to life imprisonment in France, accused of
participating in actions in France targeting U.S. and Israeli interests
during the Israeli invasion and occupation of Lebanon. During his arrest
and trial, one of his original lawyers was a spy against him, working for
French intelligence. He has been eligible for release under parole since
1999. He has been repeatedly refused, and at times when his release to
Lebanon has been approved by the French judiciary, the highest forces of
the state, including then-Interior Minister Manuel Valls – with the clear
involvement of the U.S. government, including the personal intervention of
Hillary Clinton – have intervened to keep Georges Ibrahim Abdallah locked
up in French prison.
Throughout his time in prison, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah has remained
politically active and, indeed, a leader, extending solidarity and full
support to struggling prisoners and peoples’ movements around the world. He
and fellow prisoners – Basque and Arab, among others – in Lannemezan prison
returned their meals in solidarity with Palestinian hunger striker Bilal
Kayed, and he has previously participated in hunger strikes in solidarity
with Palestinian individual and collective strikes for justice and freedom.
He recently expressed his solidarity with Toulouse BDS activists under
attack and has constantly remained an active thinker on Arab, Palestinian
and international liberation struggles.
He has always refused to in any way capitulate or renounce his political
vision and commitment to the Palestinian cause, to the people of Lebanon,
and to international struggles for liberation. He remains a committed
anti-Zionist, anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist. In part because of that
very refusal, he remains today imprisoned in the French prison of
The imprisonment of Georges Abdallah comes alongside the persecution and
arrest of BDS activists in France for urging the boycott of Israel in
solidarity with the Palestinian people, ongoing racist targeting of Arab
and Muslim communities in France and the "state of emergency" being used to
repress popular movements for justice, while the French state promotes
itself as a supporter of "peace" in the region while acting directly in
support of the Israeli occupation and Zionist colonization.