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(en) Palestine-Israel, Ofer concentration camp, Free Abdallah Abu-Rahmah vigil

Date Mon, 01 Aug 2005 16:32:40 +0300

This Sunday there was a demonstration for the release of Abdallah Abu-Rahmah
from Bil'in who are already arrested for more than two weeks for an absurd
fabricated charge: attacking a security force person while Abdallah was caged
in a demonstration structure... Abdallah is the head of the Bil'in village popular
comity against the separation fence. The fence under the pretension of security
annex more than half of the village lands to the settlers city Upper Modiin.
Since the village started to demonstrate choosing the nonviolence resistance
to the occupation and the fence, the Israeli authority decided to supplies it
using all means needed: violence against demonstrators, intrusion to the village,
and arbitrary arrests on false charges.

A month ago Abdallah was arrested in a joint demonstration against
the fence together with his brother Rateb on the false charge of
stone throwing. After a week in the concentration camp Ofer,
confronted with photographs of video taken by demonstrators, the
border policeman admitted he invented the story to justify unprovoked
shooting of rubber foam bullet on Rateb. The in exceptional act, the
judge released them after viewing the video taken by participant
showing the demonstration was with out any violence from the side
of the demonstrators.

Two weeks ago Abdallah was arrested again - charged with the absurd
act of assaulting a policeman. A real ridiculous charge as Abdallah
was together with others within a metal structure modeling the fence,
with their hands locked in the structure - preventing any attack...

In spite of the evidence refuting the charge, the judge of the
military court - who wanted at first to release him again, accepted
the contest of the prosecution and locked him till the end of the

The demonstration was a day before the expected verdict on the
contesting of the decision to keep him locked till the end of the

In front of the Ofer concentration camp demonstrated 50 people
of the village Bil'in together with internationals and Israeli
activists of the Anarchists Against The Wall initiative.

See the pictures:
Including photographs of the structure Abdallah is within it.
Free translation of article by Oren Ziv

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