While Britain keeps Sheikh Raed Saleh as a political prisoner, another Palestinian citizen of Israel who has been persecuted for his work advocating for his community’s rights remains in Israeli prison.
Rights and Accountability
This month the Guardian (UK) and B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization, published a series of videos that powerfully document the state of siege in occupied East Jerusalem. Six cameras were given to Jerusalem residents — four to Palestinians and two to Israelis.
In this video which appears to have been shot on “Jerusalem Day” — marked this earlier this month by thousands of right-wing Israeli settlers who provocatively marched in Jerusalem — a young American Jew states his solidarity with the Palestinian people before being roughly arrested by Israeli police.
Former professors of Dirar Abu Sisi, the engineer from Gaza who went missing during a train trip in Ukraine last February, refute allegations in Israel’s indictment that the man was taught weapons systems at university. The indictment also claims that one of Abu Sisi’s professors studied at a military engineering school in east Ukraine, though no such school exists, the Associated Press has found.
The Government of Israel, which has occupied the Syrian Golan Heights since 1967, has stated its intention to complain to the United Nations over the march from Syria on the occupied Golan Heights yesterday. At least twenty persons are reported to have been killed by Israeli fire during a protest marking Naksa Day or the 1967 occupation of Arab lands.
A video produced by activists in Gaza shows the frustrations of Palestinians prevented from crossing through the Rafah border gate into Egypt, despite the announcement with much fanfare last week that the border would be permanently opened.
Popular resistance organizer Bassem Tamimi, from the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, will be put on trial in an Israeli military court this Sunday.
Israel’s new Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has outlined a new, even more brutal doctrine that could see Israel escalate the force it uses against peaceful protests.
Students at UC Irvine and UC Riverside who nonviolently disrupted a speech in February 2010 by Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to the US, recently won an important victory in their case as another arraignment date is set for tomorrow.