Found Art Criminalized in Palestine-Israel

“We want to continue our struggle. We want to continue to have our rights until we will have freedom and independence to remove the wall, to remove the settlements, to remove all of these things and this illegal wall and arresting the people, and we will not stop because this is our right, this is our land. We must continue this until we have freedom.” – Abdallah Abu Rahmah, October 11 2010 (CNN)

Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a school teacher and coordinator of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall, was indicted in an Israeli military court yesterday.  Abu Rahmah was charged with arms possession for collecting the tear gas canisters, shot at demonstrators in Bil’in by Israeli armed forces, that he used in the creation of this sculpture:

Photo: Oren Ziv - ActiveStills

Photo: Oren Ziv - ActiveStills

Update2: ‘A Letter From My Holding Cell‘ February 17th, 2010:

Dear Friends and Supporters,
It has been two months now since I was handcuffed, blindfolded and taken from my home. Today news has reached Ofer Military Prison that the apartheid wall on Bil’in’s land will finally be moved and construction has begun on the new route. This will return half of the land that was stolen from our village. For those of us in Ofer , imprisoned for our protest against the wall, this victory makes the suffering of being here easier to bear. After actively resisting the theft of our land by the Israeli apartheid wall and settlements every week for five years now, we long to be standing along side our brothers and sisters to mark this victory and the fifth anniversary of our struggle… [read the whole letter here]

Update1: Abdallah Abu Rahmah has written a letter from prison:

“To all our friends,
I mark the beginning of the new decade imprisoned in a military detention camp. Nevertheless, from within the occupation′s holding cell I meet the New Year with determination and hope.  I know that Israel’s military campaign to imprison the leadership of the Palestinian popular struggle shows that our nonviolent struggle is effective. The occupation is threatened by our growing movement and is therefore trying to shut us down. What Israel’s leaders do not understand is that popular struggle cannot be stopped by our imprisonment…” [read at Electronic Intifada...]

Peaceful protest is not a crime: Call on the US Government to secure the freedom of Palestinian nonviolent organizer Abdallah Abu Rahmah

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