By Jesse Bacon
From to the list of Anarchists Against the Wall,
Approximately a week ago, Adeeb Abu-Rahme was convicted in the military court for “incitement” and more. Yesterday, July 7, the military court sentenced Adeeb for a year in prison, and a year on parole. As already in custody for a year – he was supposed to be released yesterday. The military prosecution appealed against the “lenience” of the sentence and asked to keep Adeeb in custody till the appeal is over. The military appeals court accepted today, July 8, the prosecution’s request – Adeeb will remain in custody.
We have reposted Adeeb’s wife Fatima’s letter previously on the blog. To me, this illustrates well that Israel’s military will use any pretext to keep organizers from attending demonstrations. While this a grave injustice against Adeeb and I feel for his family, the brief announcement concludes with a perfect demonstration of how futile Israel’s actions are.
The weekly Friday demonstration in Bil’in will take place tomorrow, as in every Friday in the last 5 years.
You can detain one activist, but you can’t stop a movement.
The sentence that condemned Adeeb states that he is guilty of “encourage violence”, “activity against public order” and of being “present in a closed military area”, as Bil’in has been declared every Friday from 8am to 8pm, in order to prevent the weekly demonstration. Adeeb lives in the village, and always has; so he has been convicted of being present in his own home.
Adeeb’s case relied on the forced confessions of four Bil’in youth – 14, 15 and 16 years old – arrested during a night raid by Israeli soldiers and forced to state that Adeeb told them to throw stones at the soldiers.