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Israeli secret police tortured, threatened to execute him, says nonviolent boycott activist

By Alex Kane on March 19, 2011

The Israeli government’s repression of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is growing ever more harsh. Domestically, earlier this month, "the Knesset plenum…approved in its first reading a 'boycott law,’ which would levy harsh punitive fines on Israelis who call for academic or economic boycotts against Israeli institutions," according to Ha’aretz.

Mohammad Othman
While the anti-boycott bill is aimed at shutting up internal Israeli calls for BDS, much more punitive measures continue to be inflicted on Palestinian activists.

Jesse Rosenfeld, reporting for Alternet, has an exclusive report on the alleged torture of Mohammad Othman, a key organizer in the non-violent resistance campaign against the West Bank separation barrier. After returning from Norway in 2009, where he met with "Norwegian socialist movements and BDS activists, as well as members of the national Parliament, including the Norwegian finance minister," Othman was arrested at the West Bank-Jordan border. The interview with Rosenfeld marks the first time Othman has spoken out about his conditions in prison.

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