On August 24th, 2010, in a hearing widely considered a mockery of justice, Palestinian nonviolent organizer Abdallah Abu Rahmah was convicted by an Israeli military court of incitement and organizing illegal marches.
Abdallah is a leading organizer of nonviolent demonstrations that take place weekly in the Israeli-occupied West Bank village of Bil’in. These marches protest Israel’s construction-- in blatant violation of international law-- of the Wall and settlements on Bil’in’s land.
Abdallah, a 39-year-old schoolteacher from Bil’in, awaits sentencing and faces a maximum jail sentence of 10 years for peaceful organizing. The prosecution of Abu Rahmah is part of Israel’s ongoing effort to crush the growing Palestinian movement of unarmed resistance to Israeli occupation.
Condemnation of Abu Rahmahs' arrest:
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