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Palestinian nonviolent leader and international arrested.

Haaretz has the video of Israeli immigration leaders seizing a Czech international activist who worked along Palestinian nonviolent activists. :

Another article in Ha’aretz tells the story of the arrest of a Palestinian nonviolent leader.

Israeli forces arrested a leading Palestinian protest organizer on Thursday in what activists said was a sign of Israel’s concern over plans for more demonstrations in the West Bank.

Mohammed Khatib was taken into custody in a pre-dawn raid, said a statement by the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee which he heads.

The Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who opposes violence against Israel, wants more “popular resistance” against Israel’s West Bank settlement policies.

Activists say Israeli security forces stepped up arrests last month in an effort to nip the campaign in the bud.

Khatib helps organize protests against a barrier Israel is building in the West Bank, which often turn violent.”

Saying that the protests ‘often turn violent’ ignores how Israel is clearly trying to provoke violent reaction while suppressing nonviolent dissent. The treatment of internationals as seen in the video (night raids, dubious legal justification,) shows us how Palestinians are treated all the time, without the benefits of citizenship.

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JESSE BACON (Philadelphia) is a freelance activist and father. He has a Masters in teaching from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is an observant progressive Jew, and is trying to be a good ally for Palestinians and all dispossessed peoples, while staying true to the best traditions in Judaism. He visited Israel and Palestine in 1996, 2001, and 2002. He served for three years on the local steering committee of Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, and one year on the board of Pursue the Peace in Seattle. Read his posts here.

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