Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Repression of nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation reaches new levels of absurdity

The repression of nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation reached new heights of absurdity today as Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a high school teacher and coordinator of the Bil'in Popular Committee Against the Wall, was charged with arms possession. The basis of the charge? Used tear gas canisters, fired at protesters by the Israeli army, that were collected by Rahmah and others to demonstrate to visitors the level of repression faced by nonviolent resistance to the occupation: You can't make this stuff up. Here's Abu Rahmah's lawyer, Gaby Lasky, on the indictment:
"[T]he army shoots at unarmed demonstrators, and when they try to show the world the violence used against them by collecting presenting the remnants – they are persecuted and prosecuted. What’s next? Charging protesters money for the bullets shot at them?"
Hate to say it, Adv. Lasky, but we know exactly who's getting charged for the bullets and tear gas canisters shot at protesters--not to mention the bombs and missiles dropped on Gaza. It's the U.S. tax payer! In FY2001-2006, the United States provided $2,515,080 worth of .22-.50 caliber ammunition to Israel--26,619,524 bullets. In FY2007, the U.S. provided $4,181,378 in ammunition--28,672,145 bullets. In FY2007 alone, the United States gave Israel 121,991 pieces of teargas and riot control agents valued at $1,654,536. Organize against U.S. military aid by signing up as part of our Congressional District Coordinators Network.