Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Washington Post covers Israeli repression of nonviolent protest, BDS

This morning's edition of the Washington Post includes coverage of Israel's crackdown on nonviolent protest against its occupation and apartheid policies in East Jerusalem and the West Bank:
"Israel is arresting a growing number of prominent opponents to its policies toward the Palestinians, say critics who are accusing the government of trying to crush legitimate dissent. In the most high-profile case yet, Jerusalem police detained the leader of a leading Israeli human rights group during a vigil against the eviction of Palestinian families whose homes were taken by Jewish settlers."
The "leader of a leading Israeli human rights group" mentioned is Hagai Elad, the head of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel who was arrested recently in a protest against house evictions and settlement expansion in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The article also highlights the recent release of anti-Wall activists and boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) proponents Jamal Juma' and Mohammad Othman, and the continuing detention of Bil'in anti-Wall leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah:
"Schoolteacher Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, a leader of the Bilin protests, has been held since last month on charges of incitement and weapons possession - the latter stemming from spent Israeli tear gas canisters, stun grenades and other munitions he collected to show visitors. Two high-profile Palestinian activists were recently released without being charged. Jamal Juma, coordinator of the Stop The Wall campaign, was held for 17 days. Mohammed Othman, who encourages a boycott against Israel, was released after nearly four months."
Mohammad Othman reveals that the constant interrogation he was subjected to focused on his involvement in the international BDS movement:
"Othman, who was arrested upon his return from an advocacy trip to Norway, said he was interrogated almost daily. "The questions focused on the boycott movement, 'How do you work on this and who are your contacts?'" said Othman, 33."
The defenders of Israeli occupation and apartheid sure are getting worried about international pressure, especially in the form of BDS. Join the movement that's causing this much nail biting among pro-apartheid forces by clicking here, and find out more about the movement worldwide by clicking here. You can find the Washington Post's letters to the editor policy here, and get tips on writing letters to the editor from our media action resources.