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Israel faces child-abuse claims

June 4th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Prisoners
    Al Jazeera report May 31 2010.

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Photo ActiveStills Palestinian family walks along in Israeli occupied Palestine.

An international children’s rights charity has said it has evidence that Palestinian children held in Israeli custody have been subjected to sexual abuse in an effort to extract confessions from them.

The Geneva-based Defence for Children International (DCI) has collected 100 sworn affadavits from Palestinian children who said they were mistreated by their Israeli captors.

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Palestinian nonviolence relies on global non-silence

May 24th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Prisoners
    guardian.co.uk by Yousef Munayyer Friday 21 May 2010

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Photo Palestinian boy views photos of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.

When will there be a Palestinian Gandhi? I’m often asked this question by people who sympathise with Palestinian suffering but are uncomfortable associating themselves with resistance movements that they see as violent or terrorist.

The reality of course is that Palestinian nonviolent resisters are not only active today but have a long and storied history in the Palestinian struggle. The real question is: why haven’t we heard about them?

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Persecution of Palestinian citizens recalls S. Africa apartheid repression

May 20th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Prisoners
    Adri Nieuwhof and Bangani Ngeleza, Electronic Intifada 19 May 2010

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Photo South African carried away after being injured by police at anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Province, 1985. (UN Photo)

Two weeks after Israel imposed a travel ban on him, Ameer Makhoul, a well-respected Palestinian leader holding Israeli citizenship, was kidnapped from his home on 6 May in the middle of the night. The persecution of Makhoul brings back memories of the South Africa apartheid regime: he has been held incommunicado and was not allowed access to his lawyer for two weeks; a court order prohibited publication of any information on the case against Makhoul for 90 days; and the so-called evidence justifying the “security charges” against Makhoul remains secret. During the South Africa anti-apartheid movement, similar tactics were used against those advocating for freedom and equal rights, who were accused of terrorism and having links with the Soviet Union.

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New Israeli order allows for mass expulsion from West Bank

May 13th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Prisoners
    Mel Frykberg, Electronic Intifada 7 May 2010, Ramallah

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    Photo: Ahmed Sabah was deported to the Gaza Strip from the West Bank.

Several Palestinians have set up a protest tent in no-man’s land in the northern Gaza Strip, near the Erez border crossing into Israel, as they protest their deportation from the Israeli occupied West Bank into Gaza where Hamas authorities have refused them entry.

Tens of thousands of other Palestinians face a possibly similar predicament in the near future. This follows a sweeping new Israeli military order which allows for the expulsion of Palestinians or foreigners whom Israel considers to be in the West Bank illegally as “infiltrators.”

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A Palestinian arrest so ridiculous even the Israeli judges smiled

April 14th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Politics, Prisoners, Repression
    Haaretz by Amira Hass. 15/02/2010

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    Photo Palestinian child next to fruit stall in the streets of Jerusalem.

Something about 12-year-old Bassam caused two Israelis to smile. Two Palestinians noticed, but did not remember their smiles as being disparaging or arrogant. On the contrary. The Palestinians regarded the smiles as a rare moment in which two Israelis – and not just any Israelis, but military judges – realized how ridiculous the situation was.

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Prison letter from Abdallah Abu Rahmah

February 20th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Politics, Prisoners, Repression, Solidarity

letter from Bil’in’s Abdallah Abu Rahmah was shared from his prison cell to his lawyers

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    Photo: Barbed wire sky in Israeli prison.

Dear Friends and Supporters, It has been two months now since I was handcuffed, blindfolded and taken from my home. Today news has reached Ofer Military Prison that the apartheid wall on Bil’in’s land will finally be moved and construction has begun on the new route. This will return half of the land that was stolen from our village. For those of us in Ofer, imprisoned for our protest against the wall, this victory makes the suffering of being here easier to bear. After actively resisting the theft of our land by the Israeli apartheid wall and settlements every week for five years now, we long to be standing along side our brothers and sisters to mark this victory and the fifth anniversary of our struggle.

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Celebrate the Popular Resistance in Bil’in!

January 21st, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec, Events, Prisoners
    Come Celebrate five years of the Popular Resistance in Bil’in!

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    Saturday, February 6, 8pm
    Kaza Maza 4629 avenue du Parc
    Fundraising evening featuring
    live music, slideshows, theater and a poster exhibit
    Share a piece of Fifth Anniversary Cake!
    Sunday, February 7, 1pm
    Demonstration in Solidarity with Bil’in
    métro Mont-Royal plaza

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Palestinian activist Jamal Juma’ freed

January 13th, 2010 | Posted in Palestine, Prisoners
    13 January 2010 Amnesty International

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    Photo: Israeli soldier attempts to cover camera in the West Bank

Amnesty International has welcomed the release of Palestinian human rights activist Jamal Juma’, who was detained by the Israeli military late last year.

Jamal Juma’ was arrested in December 2009, joining fellow activists Abdallah Abu Rahma and Mohammed Othman in detention, following a series of protests against the construction of the fence/wall in the West Bank.

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Israel: End Arbitrary Detention of Activist

January 5th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Prisoners
    Human Rights Watch – Mohammed Othman Held without Charge

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    Photo: Palestinian youth holding flag along Israeli apartheid wall.

(Jerusalem) – The Israeli military appeals court should end the administrative detention of Mohammed Othman, a West Bank rights activist, and order his release, Human Rights Watch said today.

Israeli authorities have detained Othman without charge for more than two months on what appear to be politically motivated grounds. On the basis of secret evidence that Othman and his lawyers were not allowed to see, a military court confirmed a military order that consigned Othman to three months administrative detention without charging him with any crime. Othman has no criminal record and, to the knowledge of Human Rights Watch, has never advocated or participated in violence. His detention period, which may be renewed, ends on December 22.

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Jailed for Protesting Israel’s Wall

January 4th, 2010 | Posted in Boycott, Palestine, Prisoners
    Majida Abu Rahmah, Huffington Post January 4, 2010

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Photo: Valerian Mazataud Palestinians in Bil’in raise Palestinian flag at weekly protest.

On International Human Rights Day in 2008, my husband Abdallah Abu Rahmah was in Berlin receiving a medal from the World Association for Human Rights. Last year on the same day, December 10th, Abdallah was taken away at 2am by Israeli soldiers who broke into our West Bank home. Abdallah was arrested for the same reasons he received the prize – his nonviolent struggle for justice, equality and peace in Israel/Palestine.

My husband is a school teacher and farmer from the Palestinian village of Bil’in. When Israel built its apartheid wall here, it separated Bil’in from more than half of its land, in order to facilitate the expansion of the illegal settlement Mattityahu East. In response, Abdallah and fellow villagers began a campaign of nonviolent resistance. Every Friday for the past five years, we’ve marched, with Israeli and international supporters, to protest the theft of our land and livelihoods.

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