Israel is sending a clear message — even unarmed resistance by ordinary civilians demanding basic rights will be crushed. Israeli leaders choose to disobey their own Supreme Court rulings, proving that Israeli leaders violate their own law (in addition to violating International Law) with impunity.

  • tokugawa

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    Dec 28, 2010 2:27 PM GMT
    Letter from an Israeli military prison
    from Abdallah Abu Rahmah.

    A year ago tonight, on International Human Rights Day, our apartment in Ramallah was broken into by the Israeli military in the middle of the night and I was torn away from my wife Majida, my daughters Luma and Layan, and my son Laith, who at the time was only nine months old.

    As the coordinator of the Bil’in Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements I was convicted of “organizing illegal demonstrations” and “incitement.” The “illegal demonstrations” refer to the nonviolent resistance campaign that my village has been waging for the last six years against Israel’s Apartheid Wall that is being built on our land.

    I find it strange that the military judges could call our demonstrations illegal and charge me for participating in and organizing them after the world’s highest legal body, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, has ruled that Israel’s wall within the occupied territories is illegal and must be dismantled.

    Even the Israeli supreme court ruled that the Wall’s route in Bil’in is illegal.

    I have been accused of inciting violence: this charge is also puzzling. If the check points, closures, ongoing land theft, wall and settlements, night raids into our homes and violent oppression of our protests does not incite violence, what does?

    Full letter:
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    Dec 28, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    Meanwhile in several Muslim countries there's dozens of people wrongfully prisoned from other countries.

    tokugawa, don't single out Israel. Calm down and smoke a joint old man.
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    Dec 28, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    Oh, great, another, "I hate Jews" thread...
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    Dec 29, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    Rather than starting a new thread for this, I thought I'd post this here. Really, this isn't necessarily exclusive to israel as there seems to be a global effort to police dissent. However, I think this is a particularly salient example of the hypocrisy of democratic countries on these issues. Israel supports freedom of expression, unless you express justice for palestinians, then you're fucked.

    Anarchist given 3 months in jail for bike protest
    12/27/2010 15:04

    Founder of Anarchists Against the Wall, Yonatan Pollak, punished for 2008 demonstration against Gaza siege; dozens protest outside court.

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    Prominent left-wing activist Yonatan Pollak was given a three-month prison sentence and a NIS 1,500 fine for illegal assembly on Monday, after taking part in a January 2008 bike protest against the Gaza siege.

    Pollak’s conviction for the illegal assembly activated a three-month suspended sentence he had received in an earlier trial for taking part in an illegal protest against the security fence.

    During the hearing, Pollak’s attorney Gabi Lusky said her client’s actions during the protest ride, which backed up traffic near Kikar Rabin, “were no different than someone who double-parks or stops his car in the lane in order to turn on the GPS. When firefighters blocked traffic to protest for higher wages, no one came to arrest them.”

    Lusky added that there was no reason for her client to be jailed, saying that “we live in a democracy, and when rabbis who write a letter inciting against Arabs aren’t called in for questioning because our country respects freedom of speech, then there is no reason for the court to demand a jail sentence in a case like this.”

    Pollak was the only one of the 30 riders in the “Critical Mass” protest in downtown Tel Aviv to be arrested – a fact he has attributed to his prominence as an activist.

    The 28-year-old Tel Aviv native is one of the founders of Anarchists Against the Wall and is one of the most wellknown members of the Israeli radical Left.

    The plainclothes officers who arrested him near Kikar Rabin have admitted that they recognized him from a West Bank protest in which he participated.

    Pollak has taken part in hundreds of protests in recent years. He made the news in April 2005 when he was hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by an IDF soldier during a security fence protest in the West Bank village of Bil’in. Pollak is also the son of Israeli actor Yossi Pollak, who is also known for his outspoken leftwing views.

    In 2007, Pollak was given a suspended sentence for his part in an illegal demonstration in 2004. The court ruled at the time that if he were caught taking part in any other illegal demonstrations for the next two years, it would be considered a violation of his probation, and the three-month sentence would take effect.

    During his hearing on Monday, Pollak refused the judge’s requests that he agree to community service, later arguing that it wasn’t necessarily a lighter sentence and would require his cooperation with the proceedings against him.

    After his sentencing, Pollak refused to pay the NIS 1,500 fine.

    Dozens of supporters came to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning for the sentencing, and a small-scale fracas took place when a supporter wearing a T-shirt reading “There is no pride in the occupation” was detained by courthouse security after she refused to remove the shirt. She was later released after changing into a dress shirt and tie.

    After Pollak exited the courthouse following his sentencing, his supporters broke out in anti-fascist and anti-occupation chants, and were pushed out of the courthouse one by one by security.

    Pollak expressed no regret for taking part in the protest against the siege, saying, “I think what we did, riding bicycles on the street, is on the lowest level of using freedom of expression. If we must be punished for things like this, then I am happy to go to jail.”

    When asked if he was afraid to take part in future protests, Pollak said that “there is a price to pay, but if you ask about fear, you must keep in mind that most of my friends arrested for similar crimes have been given much worse sentences, as much as 18 months in jail from military judges, all because they are Palestinian.”

    Pollak vowed to continue to take part in protests, beginning on the very first day of his release.

    “I won’t make any changes,” he said. “This is not my first time in jail and not the first time I’ve been charged. I have no intention on stopping.”

    Contacted by phone on Monday, activist Ilan Shalif from Anarchists Against the Wall said Pollak’s sentence was a worrying development, but would not change things for the group’s activists, who he said were routinely being questioned by security services about their protest activities.

    “Three months in jail is small change compared to suffering hemorrhaging in your brain, getting shot in the leg or hit in the head by a tear gas canister,” he said. “If you look at the other things our people have faced for taking part in our actions, a jail sentence looks pretty minor.”

    The Association for Civil Rights in Israel issued a harsh rebuke of Pollak’s sentencing on Monday, saying it saw the case as “part of a larger policy to infringe on freedom of speech and demonstration in Israel.”

    ACRI chief legal adviser Dan Yakir called Pollak’s sentence “an extreme punishment and an unusually harsh measurement.

    The entire affair raises suspicion that Pollak was personally targeted because of his views, in an attempt to silence him and prevent him from taking part in various acts of protest.”

    Earlier in December, ACRI published a report titled “State of Democracy: Freedom of Speech, Dissent, and Political Activity,” which they say illustrates that over the past two years there has been a significant increase in attempts by Israeli authorities to infringe on freedom of speech.

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    Dec 30, 2010 10:52 PM GMT
    No replies to this? tragic...
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    Dec 30, 2010 11:13 PM GMT
    Ya know, I really don't give a fuck about this Israeli vs. Palestinian thing.

    The pro-Israelis post their propaganda, and the pro-Palestinians post theirs.

    Does any of it have any place on a site for gay fitness and health?

    Can you guys just FUCK OFF, and take this someplace else?

    The more you post, the more I despise BOTH sides. Just go away. You're all idiots, and I don't care what happens to you. Understood? Good-bye, good riddance, adios, get lost. OK?