"No army, no prison and no wall can stop us"

Abdallah Abu Rahmah, The Electronic Intifada, 7 January 2010 To all our friends, I mark the beginning of the new decade imprisoned in a military detention camp. Nevertheless, from within the occupation?s holding cell I meet the New Year with determination and hope.I know that Israel's military campaign to imprison the leadership of the Palestinian popular struggle shows that our nonviolent struggle is effective. The occupation is threatened by our growing movement and is therefore trying to shut us down. What Israel's leaders do not understand is that popular struggle cannot be stopped by our imprisonment.Whether we are confined in the open-air prison that Gaza has been transformed into, in military prisons in the West Bank, or in our own villages surrounded by the apartheid wall, arrests Повече [...]

Letter to Catherine Ashton

The Honorable Baroness Catherine Ashton High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Vice President of the European Commission Dear Baroness Ashton: On December 16th, Jamal Juma’, was arrested by Israeli Authorities. Mr. Juma’, an internationally known and respected Palestinian human rights defender, is known to many EU officials and diplomatic missions because of his advocacy work and has participated in many European Union and United Nations conferences on Palestine.  Mr. Juma’ – coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign – is subjected to a military court system that does not comply with international standards of fair trial and due process. Jamal’s arrest comes at the height of the current wave of Israeli repression Повече [...]

Release Bil’in popular leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah

As part of a recent escalation of political arrests in Bil’in, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a school teacher and coordinator of the Bil’in Popular Committee was arrested by Israeli soldiers. At 2am on Thursday, 10 December 2009, seven Israeli military jeeps pulled over at Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s home in the city of Ramallah. Soldiers raided the house and arrested Abu Rahmah from his bed in the presence of his wife and three children. Abu Rahmah is a high school teacher in the Latin Patriarchate School in Birzeit near Ramallah and coordinator for the Bil’in Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements. A previous raid targeting Abu Rahmah on 15 September 2009 was executed with such exceptional violence, that a soldier was subsequently indicted for assault.Abdallah has been a member Повече [...]