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Victory! Mohammad Othman and Jamal Juma' Released--Take Action to Free Abdallah Abu Rahmah

January 6th, 2010

The struggle against Israeli occupation and apartheid has won a major victory with the release of anti-apartheid activists and boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigners Mohammad Othman and Jamal Juma'.

Speaking on his release from jail, Jamal Juma' credited international pressure with his release:

"The reason for my arrest was purely political an attempt to crush Stop the Wall and the popular committees against the Wall. Therefore, the reasons for my release are also outside the courtroom: The impressive support of international civil society has moved governments and used the media to an extent that made our imprisonment too uncomfortable.

This international solidarity has given our popular struggle against the Wall further strength. We are deeply thankful for all the efforts. Yet, the latest arrests and continuous repression show that we have not yet defeated the Israeli policy as such, as Israel remains determined to silence Palestinian human rights defenders by all means".

We therefore need to ensure that the campaign for the freedom of all anti-wall activists and Palestinian political prisoners continues to grow."

Continue the campaign for the freedom of all anti-wall activists by clicking here and sending and email to the U.S. Consul General in East Jerusalem, Daniel Rubinstein. Abdallah Abu Rahmah, anti-wall activist and leader of nonviolent struggle in the Palestinian village of Bil'in, remains in prison. Click here to ask Rubinstein to demand his release. Click here to act in solidarity with Palestinian grassroots nonviolent resistance to occupation and apartheid by engaging in campaigns of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) as called for by Palestinian civil society.

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Recently, Israel has been increasing its repression of nonviolent activists for Palestinian human rights, especially those involved in promoting boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns. The three Palestinian civil society leaders below are being held without trial for their nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation and apartheid. Click here to have the United States demand the release of these nonviolent activists by sending an email to the U.S. Consul General in East Jerusalem, Daniel Rubinstein.

Mohammad Othman was arrested on September 22, 2009, at the Allenby Bridge crossing, while returning from addressing the Norwegian national pension fund about divestment from Elbit Systems, a major Israeli military contractor. Thanks to successful pressure from human rights advocates like you, Mohammad has now been released!

Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a leader of the weekly nonviolent protests against the Apartheid Wall in Bil'in, was arrested in his home in the early morning hours of December 10, 2009-International Human Rights Day. He has been slapped with a phony weapons possession charge for collecting tear gas canisters shot at him and other peaceful demonstrators by the Israeli army. Abdallah is still imprisoned, click here to demand his release.

Jamal Juma', coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, was arrested on December 16 and is being held without charge. On January 4 his administrative detention was extended for a further 3 days. Thanks to successful pressure from human rights advocates like you, Jamal has now been released!

A few weeks ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a major speech on human rights policy, pledging the Obama Administration to hold itself accountable to universal human rights standards:

"By holding ourselves accountable, we reinforce our moral      authority to demand that all governments adhere to obligations under international law; among them, not to torture, arbitrarily detain and persecute dissenters, or engage in political killings. Our government and the international community must counter the pretensions of those who deny or abdicate their responsibilities and hold violators to account."

Israel's arbitrary detention and persecution of dissenters such as Mohammad, Abdallah, and Jamal-Palestinians who are leading a nonviolent movement of protest against Israeli apartheid and in support of campaigns of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel-stand as a crucial test of whether the Obama Administration singles out Israel for a special exemption from its human rights rhetoric.

Tell the U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem to press Israel to free these and all Palestinian political prisoners by clicking here.

Jamal, Mohammad, and Abdallah aren't the only Palestinian grassroots figures being targeted by the Israeli military. They join hundreds of other Palestinians being held without charge in administrative detention, and thousands of Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israeli jails. The villages of Jayyous, Ni'lin, Bil'in, and al-Ma'sara, as well as Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah and other East Jerusalem neighborhoods, are facing collective punishment for their nonviolent resistance to the Wall and eviction. Learn more about this campaign of repression by watching this report from the Real News Network, and demand the release of Israel's anti-apartheid prisoners by clicking here.

Israel's attacks on nonviolent resistance and its imprisonment of Palestinian grassroots leaders is a violation of international law and human rights and a violation of the Obama Administrations stated policy objectives in Israel/Palestine. As Secretary of State Clinton said in her Dec. 14 human rights address:

"Believing in human rights means committing ourselves to action, and when we sign up for the promise of rights that apply everywhere, to everyone, that rights will be able to protect and enable human dignity, we also sign up for the hard work of making that promise a reality."

Help make that promise a reality by sending a letter to U.S. Consul General Daniel Rubinstein asking him to press Israel to free Palestinian political prisoners such as Mohammad, Abdullah, and Jamal by clicking here.

Take Action!

1) Send an email to the U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem to demand the release of the anti-apartheid prisoners by clicking here

2) Follow us on Twitter and help us send messages to the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and the State Department by clicking here

3) Learn how to start and intensify BDS campaigns in your local community by clicking here

4) Support the important BDS and anti-apartheid work of the US Campaign by clicking here