Israeli Attacks on Human Rights Activists

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Israeli Attacks on Human Rights Activists


Exactly seven years ago (March 16, 2003), Rachel Corrie, a
23-year-old American, was killed by an Israeli military Caterpillar
bulldozer while attempting to protect a Palestinian home in Gaza from
demolition. Her mother Cindy and other family members are now in Israel,
where they have filed a civil suit charging the Israeli government with
unlawfully killing her.

The webpage
features updates on the trial, which began last week, background on
Rachel and information about vigils around the U.S. today.

For more background, see interviews on Democracy
and an interview with Rachel two days before
she was

Coordinator of the Stop the Wall
campaign, Juma' was recently held without charge at an Israeli
interrogation facility for 27 days; Amnesty International released a
statement welcoming his release.

While many have focused on Israel's announcement of more settlement
building on occupied Palestinian land during Vice President Joe Biden's
recent trip, Juma' points to an escalation of Israeli repression of
nonviolent activists.

He recently wrote in the Christian
Science Monitor
: "Israel has taken this opportunity to crack down
on Palestinians who advocate nonviolent protests against the Israeli
West Bank segregation barrier and charged them based on questionable or
false evidence.

"I know: I was arrested for talking too much. All we Palestinians
want is a life free from racial discrimination.

"During 2009, 89 peaceful apartheid wall protesters were arrested;
since January, more than 40 have been arrested."

On Tuesday, Amira Hass reported in
: "The Israel Defense Forces yesterday designated Bil'in and
Na'alin as closed military areas every Friday until mid-August, in a bid
to halt the weekly demonstrations against the separation fence in those
West Bank villages."

See an interview with Juma' by The Real News at: "Israeli
repression wave targets activists



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