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News :: Human Rights : International
Letters to Abdallah Abu Rahmah's Judge
27 Dec 2009
Abdallah Abu Rhamah's decisive remand hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 29th (the day after tomorrow). We would like to present the judge with as many signatures as possible to the letter below, from people who participated in demonstrations in the village, and know Abdallah. If you are willing to sign this letter, please send an email to bel3in |AT| yahoo |DOT| com stating you would like to sign the below letter, and note your full name, passport number and nationality.
To whom it may concern,

We, the undersigned, have participated in demonstrations against the wall in the village of Bil'in on numerous occasions in the past years, and would like to state that the Bil'in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements organizes peaceful demonstrations to protest the construction of the Wall on their land. Further more, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, which we all personally know, had specifically prevented and discouraged youth from throwing stones in an attempt to keep the demonstrations peaceful. It is true, on occasion, demonstrations have deteriorated to violence, but when stone throwing did occur, it was never condoned by neither the Bil'in Popular Committee generally, nor by Abdallah Abu Rahmah personally. On the contrary, when such things did happen, they happened against the opinion of the committee, and despite efforts to frustrate them from taking place. We, the undersigned are willing to give a sworn testimony supporting the above statement, and ask of the court to release Abdallah Abu Rahmah from detention.

[your name here]

1-With one hour of your time, you can help bring about a real peace in Palestine:

This is a message to supporters of the Palestinian cause from across the world. Firstly, we would like to thank you for your work so far. As Tzipi Livni cancels a trip to the UK for fear of arrest upon her arrival, it seems that the people are finally waking up to the reality of the Israeli occupation. However, your governments remain shamefully silent.

Here in Bil'in, our struggle goes on. We continue to suffer from the extreme violence of the Israeli occupation forces during our weekly non-violent demonstrations at the Apartheid Wall which has confiscated our land, as well as an escalation in military invasions into the village and mass arrests of local residents, by day and by night, in a clear attempt to crush our resistance.

Despite the international support we have received, it has become clear that words are not enough. It is time for action. The occupation is global, and so must be the resistance. We are asking you to make one action per week, or per month. It can be a demonstration at your nearest Israeli embassy, or against governments which support the occupation. The importance of these actions is to provide a continuous reminder of the plight of the Palestinian cause. There is no use in organizing actions on a one-off basis, the resistance must be continuous.

Our message is clear – this occupation must end.

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