Hundreds gathered in the West bank village to witness the removal of the Separation Wall after more than six years of protest, but the IDF was in vindictive mood Bil'in, West Bank – It was a hot Friday in Bil'in - one of those early summer days here that remind you what to expect come August. The crowd at the village's center was unusually large: The weekly march to the fence—a protest which made this village an international symbol of unarmed resistance—was to take the form of a celebration, after the Israeli army has began moving the infamous barrier that…Read More... | 3 Comments
Abdallah Abu Rhamah
Ethnic violence in France usually causes headlines during Muslim riots on the outskirts of Paris. But on May 5th it was a different story. Far right “pro Israel” activists disrupted a speech by Bil’in’s Abdallah Abu Rahmah and Israeli Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS)activist Ronnie Barkan. Members of a Paris based Jewish group claming to be an off shoot of the Jewish Defensive League interrupted Abu Rahmah’s speech with incitement to violence against the Palestinian people. French police were able to intervene and stop any outbreak of physical violence. The second video can’t be embedded in the post, please follow…Read More... | 8 Comments
Israeli military prosecution demands more than two years imprisonment for Bil’in’s Abdallah Abu Rahmah despite international pressure
Military prosecutor said harsh sentence should serve as a deterrent to other protesters. Despite military orders to the contrary, army officer said 0.22″ caliber bullets are considered crowd control measures. The sentencing phase in the trial of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, the coordinator of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, began yesterday at the Ofer Military Court. Abu Rahmah was convicted of organizing illegal marches and of incitement last month, but cleared of the violence charges he was indicted for – stone-throwing and a vindictive arms-possession charge for collecting used tear-gas projectiles and displaying them. The prosecution demanded Abu Rahmah…Read More...
The Spanish Parliament followed the footsteps of the EU and the Desmond Tutu of the Elders, and joined the rising tide of international criticism over Abu Rahmah’s conviction of incitement by an Israeli military court. The Spanish Parliament’s Intergroup for Palestine issued a statement that expressed their “deep concern that Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s potential incarceration aims at preventing him and other Palestinians from exercising their legitimate right to protest against the existence of the Wall in a non violent manner.” (full text of the statement is available below or here in the Spnish original) The Intergroup for Palestine is an official body…Read More...
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