Non-Violent Palestinian Activists Targeted
On December 16, Jamal Juma, coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, was arrested by the Israeli police. This followed on the heels of the arrest of Mohammad Othman, another anti-apartheid activist from Jayyous, and Abdallah Abu Rahmeh, active in the Bilin popular committee against the wall.
These men are activists are advocates of non-violent popular resistance with strong international connections. At the time of his arrest, Othman was returning from Norway, where he met with government officials about Israeli human rights abuses. These men’s arrests reflect the Israeli government’s fear of the potential of international solidarity and effective non-violent action.
As of December 24th, Juma continued to be held incommunicado. A military judge granted the Israeli government’s request to hold him for another 12 days of investigation before a scheduled hearing. He has not been allowed to meet with his lawyer or see his family. Othman was detained in September.
In November, local actions against the wall took place in South America, North America and Europe.
Other recent Palestine solidarity actions include an effort to break a deal between an Israeli water carrier and a Portuguese water company.