Showing posts with label detention. Show all posts
Showing posts with label detention. Show all posts

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Briefing on Capitol Hill Examines Israel's Mistreatment of Palestinian Children

On June 2nd, the American Friends Service Committee hosted a Congressional briefing entitled "International Juvenile Justice Reform: Children in Israeli Military Detention." A distinguished panel of individuals, ranging from Palestinian children to international human rights experts, provided powerful testimony about Israel's routine mistreatment of Palestinian children.

(Above: A room packed with Congressional staff and members of
the public listen to testimony at June 2nd briefing on Capitol Hill)

The Congressional briefing was part of the "No Way to Treat a Child Campaign," an effort led by a coalition of faith groups known as the Chicago Faith Coalition.

The briefing was attended by more one hundred people, including 36 Congressional offices.  Videos of the briefing as well as a full description of the event are below.

Part 1: Representative Keith Ellison and Jennifer Bing



Part 2: Brad Parker, Tariq and Suha Abu Khdeir



Part 3: Joe Stork and Rabbi Brant Rosen


International Juvenile Justice Reform: Children in Israeli Military Detention


Tuesday, June 2, 2015
9:30 - 10:45am
Capitol Visitors Center
Congressional Meeting Room North

Each year hundreds of Palestinian children are arrested by Israeli forces and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The United Nations and many human rights groups are concerned by reports from Palestinian children that detail cruel punishments, substandard conditions, and a lack of fundamental due process rights in Israel's military courts.

This briefing will discuss the legal and structural components of Israel's military court system and situate the detention of Palestinian children within the larger context of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The briefing will also provide a firsthand account from a child’s perspective and examine the effects of Israel's detention, interrogation, and abuse of Palestinian children.

Opening Remarks from Congressman Keith Ellison

Featured Speakers:

Tariq Abu Khdeir & Suha Abu Khdeir
Palestinian-American family

Brad Parker
Attorney & Senior Advocacy Officer, Defense for Children International - Palestine

Rabbi Brant Rosen
Midwest Regional Director, American Friends Service Committee

Joe Stork
Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch


Moderated by:
Jennifer Bing, American Friends Service Committee

Friday, June 17, 2011

JVP Rabbinical Council's Brant Rosen on Tamimi case

Jewish Voice for Peace is a US Campaign member group.

More than 5,000 people have contacted the US State Department asking for Naji and Bassem's release: join them!

International residents click here to participate in Popular Struggle's
action alert.

(L to R: Rabbi Brant Rosen, Bassem Tamimi, Ayed Morrar)
Dear Supporter,

I'm writing to ask for your help in getting two Palestinians out of jail. Their only crime is organizing unarmed protests against the occupation. They need your help.

This past December I took a trip to Israel/Palestine with twenty members of my congregation. Among our many stops was a morning visit to a coffee house in Ramallah where we had arranged to meet with Ayed Morrar, a grassroots nonviolent organizer from the West Bank village of Budrus (whose struggle was recently featured in the documentary film of the same name.) When we arrived to meet Ayed, we found that he had brought along a fellow leader in the Palestinian nonviolence movement, Bassem Tamimi, who comes from the village of Nabi Saleh.

With integrity, humor and sense of quiet resolve, Bassem told us the story of his village’s struggle for justice. Since 1977, Nabi Saleh has been besieged by a nearby Jewish settlement which was constructed on land privately owned by Nabi Saleh’s residents. Although an Israeli court awarded some land in Nabi Saleh back to its residents, settlers have been routinely uprooting hundreds of the village’s olive trees and attacking farmers to prevent them from working their land.

In response, Bassem and other villagers organized weekly nonviolent demonstrations, which have been systematically and brutally suppressed by the IDF. The Israeli army has raided the village of 500 residents by day and by night, causing hundreds of injuries and carrying out 75 protest-related arrests. Currently, more than 10% of the village has been arrested, including women and many children.

When we spoke with Bassem last December, he explained that the military was targeting the movement’s leadership. Since demonstrations began, Bassem’s house has been raided and ransacked numerous times, his wife was arrested twice and two of his sons were injured. Wa’ed, 14, was hospitalized for five days after a rubber-coated bullet penetrated his leg and Mohammed, 8, was injured by a tear-gas projectile that was shot directly at him and hit him in the shoulder. It seemed clear to us that his arrest was quite likely, if not imminent.

Last March, we learned the news: three weeks after the arrest of his cousin Naji Tamimi (a fellow member of the Nabi Saleh Popular Committee) Bassem himself was arrested. The arrests of both men were based on confessions from teenagers who were themselves seized in midnight raids, denied legal counsel, and beaten. Help us get them out of prison.

Now that Bassem’s case is coming to trial, I am asking you to stand together with me and thousands of people around the world, to say that no one should be jailed for organizing peaceful protests against the theft of their land. If you believe in grassroots, unarmed organizing against the Israeli occupation, please stand by Bassem and Naji Tamimi.

In solidarity,

Rabbi Brant Rosen
Co-Chair, Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council

Monday, June 13, 2011

Free Bassem and Naji Tamimi


Jewish Voice for Peace is a coalition member of the US Campaign.

By Rabbi Brant Rosen
Co-Chair, Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council
June 10, 2011

I'm writing to ask for your help in getting two Palestinians out of jail. Their only crime is organizing unarmed protests against the occupation. They need your help in spreading the word.

This past December I took a trip to Israel/Palestine with twenty members of my congregation. Among our many stops was a morning visit to a coffee house in Ramallah where we had arranged to meet with Ayed Morrar, a grassroots nonviolent organizer from the West Bank village of Budrus (whose struggle was recently featured in the documentary film of the same name.) When we arrived to meet Ayed, we found that he had brought along a fellow leader in the Palestinian nonviolence movement, Bassem Tamimi, who comes from the village of Nabi Saleh.

With integrity, humor and sense of quiet resolve, Bassem told us the story of his village’s struggle for justice. Since 1977, Nabi Saleh has been besieged by a nearby Jewish settlement which was constructed on land privately owned by Nabi Saleh’s residents. Although an Israeli court awarded some land in Nabi Saleh back to its residents, settlers have been routinely uprooting hundreds of the village’s olive trees and attacking farmers to prevent them from working their land.


In response, Bassem and other villagers organized weekly nonviolent demonstrations, which have been systematically and brutally suppressed by the IDF. The Israeli army has raided the village of 500 residents by day and by night, causing hundreds of injuries and carrying out 75 protest-related arrests. Currently, more than 10% of the village has been arrested, including women and many children.

When we spoke with Bassem last December, he explained that the military was targeting the movement’s leadership. Since demonstrations began, Bassem’s house has been raided and ransacked numerous times, his wife was arrested twice and two of his sons were injured. Wa’ed, 14, was hospitalized for five days after a rubber-coated bullet penetrated his leg and Mohammed, 8, was injured by a tear-gas projectile that was shot directly at him and hit him in the shoulder. It seemed clear to us that his arrest was quite likely, if not imminent.

Last March, we learned the news: three weeks after the arrest of his cousin Naji Tamimi (a fellow member of the Nabi Saleh Popular Committee) Bassem himself was arrested. The arrests of both men were based on confessions from teenagers who were themselves seized in midnight raids, denied legal counsel, and beaten. Tell friends how they can help us get them out of prison.

Now that Bassem’s case is coming to trial, I am asking you to stand together with me and thousands of people around the world, to say that no one should be jailed for organizing peaceful protests against the theft of their land. If you believe in grassroots, unarmed organizing against the Israeli occupation, please stand by Bassem and Naji Tamimi. Please tell your friends to send an email to the U.S. State Department to ask them to call for the Tamimi's release.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Democracy Now! reports on release of Palestinian activists, detention of U.S. journalist

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! reports on the release of Palestinian activists and human rights defenders Jamal Juma' and Mohammad Othman, as well as the detention by Israel of Jared Melsin, a U.S. citizen who is the chief editor of the English desk at the Ma'an News Agency. Ma'an and the BBC both have further details on this latest targeting of U.S. citizens by the Israeli government because of their activity in occupied Palestinian territory. Melsin was traveling with another U.S. citizen, Faith Rowold,who was a volunteer with the Lutheran Church. Their detention and deportation appears to be yet another aspect of the campaign of repression directed against activists, journalists, and church and aid workers who are critical of Israeli policy. In addition to the many Palestinian anti-apartheid activists and Israeli activists who have been arrested in recent months, Israeli forces have arrested and deported Eva Nováková, a Czech activist who had recently taken on the role of media coordinator for the International Solidarity Movement, as well as Ryan Olander, a U.S. citizen who was arrested for his involvement in protests against settlement expansion and house evictions in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. For more on increased Israeli repression, and the international pressure required to end it, read yesterday's blog post: "Release of Jamal Juma' and Mohammad Othman demonstrates importance of international grassroots pressure."

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Imprisoned leader of Palestinian nonviolent resistance Abdallah Abu Rahmah: "Arrests and persecution do not weaken us"

Take a look at this inspiring message from Abdallah Abu Rahmah, one of many Palestinian leaders of grassroots nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation and apartheid being held in Israeli jail. Abdallah refuses to be intimidated by this most recent campaign of repression:
"I know that Israel’s military campaign to imprison the leadership of the Palestinian popular struggle shows that our non-violent struggle is effective....Whether we are confined in the open-air prison that Gaza has been transformed into, in military prisons in the West Bank, or in our own villages surrounded by the Apartheid Wall, arrests and persecution do not weaken us. They only strengthen our commitment to turning 2010 into a year of liberation through unarmed grassroots resistance to the occupation....This year, the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee will expand on the achievements of 2009, a year in which you amplified our popular demonstrations in Palestine with international boycott campaigns and international legal actions under universal jurisdiction [emphasis added]."
Read his full statement, which Abdallah shared from his prison cell with his lawyers, here. Learn more and take action to demand the release of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, Mohammad Othman, Jamal Juma', and other imprisoned leaders of Palestinian nonviolent resistance by clicking here. Learn how to amplify popular demonstrations in Palestine by participating in boycott and divestment campaigns by clicking here.

Free the anti-apartheid prisoners--and help carry on their important work

Click here to take action right away! Here at the US Campaign blog we've been covering Israel's recent campaign of repression directed at Palestinian anti-apartheid activists and boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigners such as Jamal Juma', Abdallah Abu Rahmah, and Mohammad Othman. We posted action alerts from our allies at Stop the Wall; passed along Palestinian BDS leader Omar Barghouti's contention that "Intensifying BDS, ultimately, is the most consequential form of protest" against Israeli repression; and shared how campaigns against U.S. military aid to Israel and against occupation-profiteers like Motorola, Caterpillar, and Ahava linked in to the nonviolent struggle of Jamal, Abdallah, Mohammad, and hundreds more like them. We quoted US Campaign Advisory Board member Nadia Hijab's recent op-ed on Israel's "Crackdown on Peace," and posted a report from the Jerusalem-based Alternative Information Center that quoted Jamal Juma': "Before the Wall, I could see the sun." We shook our heads in (almost) disbelief when Abdallah Abu Rahmah was accused of "weapons possession" for collecting tear gas canisters fired at weekly nonviolent protests against the Apartheid Wall in the West Bank village of Bil'in, and we shook our heads again when Bono ignored Palestinian nonviolence--and the Israeli military campaign to suppress it--in his recent New York Times op-ed. But we decided there was more we could do. So we issued an action alert today--just a few days before an Israeli military court will once again decide, absent evidence or charge, whether to continue holding Jamal Juma' in administrative detention. And we're asking our supporters to send a letter to the U.S. Consul General in East Jerusalem, Daniel Rubinstein, telling him that he should demand Israel release the anti-apartheid prisoners. Send a letter by clicking here, and then find out how you can continue resisting apartheid and intensifying BDS campaigns in your community. The anti-apartheid and BDS work of people like Jamal, Mohammad, and Abdallah is more important now then ever. In its latest blatantly discriminatory act, the Israeli Knesset rejected a bill that would have required equal land rights be granted to Palestinian citizens of Israel, as reported on in Ha'aretz:
"The Knesset on Wednesday rejected by a majority vote a bill proposed by Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra'am Ta'al) which would enforce equal distribution of land between Jewish and Arab citizens....Tibi's proposal was intended to counter a bill passed two weeks ago which states that reception committees of Israeli communities can decide who will reside in their towns. One consequence of that bill is that Israeli Arabs would not be able to live in those towns if the reception committees decide so."
Meanwhile, settlement construction continues on Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Learn more about the imprisoned Palestinian leaders of nonviolent resistance from our allies at Stop the Wall, and take action to free the anti-apartheid prisoners today by clicking here. Then, carry on the important anti-apartheid advocacy and BDS campaigning of our imprisoned Palestinian allies: 1) Sign up to be a local organizer of our Caterpillar and Motorola campaigns against companies that profit from Israeli occupation and apartheid by building settlements and the Apartheid Wall and by providing communication and surveillance equipment to the Israeli army and settlements. 2) Learn more about how to launch BDS campaigns in your community. 3) Stand up and speak out against apartheid.