#FreeKhaled Zawahre: Still in Prison for Flashing a Peace Sign on #June5 – in pictures

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█▌UPDATE | Dec 18, 2011

After 6 long months in captivity Khaled finally has been released, but  is suffering from skin disease because Israel didn’t let him wash after standing in front of the skunk truck.

May Allaah SWT grant you shifa Khaled and reward you for what you had to go through. Ameen ya Rabb.


█▌UPDATE | Sept 14, 2011

خالد زواهرة حكم بالسجن ل 6 شهور
Khaled Zawahra was sentenced 6 months in jail

In the last hearing the prosecution asked for an 8-10 month sentence and
“an appropriate” fine. They did acknowledge that none of the stones he
allegedly hrew hit the soldiers. The prosecution reffered to an 8 months .


█▌UPDATE | Sept 8, 2011

UPDATE: Sentence of Naksa Day prisoner Khaled Zwahre to be given on Sept. 14. Please mail your full name and ID number to vegemmon@yahoo.com if u would like to attend and show your solidarity.

PLEASE SPREAD THIS WIDELY
Khaled’s sentencing hearing will take place on September 14th.

In the last hearing the prosecution asked for an 8-10 month sentence and “an appropriate” fine. They did acknowledge that none of the stones he allegedly hrew hit the soldiers. The prosecution reffered to an 8 months sentence of an Israeli citizen who threw stones during the Naksa Day protest near the Syrian border.

The defense asked to make it clear that Khaled shouldn’t be punished solely for his choice to fight for his innocence. Khaled refused to opt for a plea bargain, and decided to fight to prove his innocence instead. His lawyer argued that most plea agreement sentences on stone throwing and related offenses are 3-5 months, and that Khaled’s sentence should be similar.
Khaled’s lawyer claimed that the implications of a disproportionately severe trial would be to deter defendants from choosing to conduct a trial, rather than from refraining to throw stones. He submitted many court rulings in which residents of “Israel” who were convicted of stone throwing only received a suspended sentence and communitty service. He also referred to the fact that the army/police didn’t attempt to arrest anyone else who participated in the demonstration, making Khaled the only person to pay the price for the protest.

On 14. September, the judge is supposed to read out her sentence, and only then can the defense appeal.

DETAILS ON KHALED’S VERDICT AND TRIAL (26.8.2011):

This is from a source who has spoken with Khaled’s lawyer.

“The decision is entirly based on reliability. That is to say, the judge used and needed many excuses to justify the border policeman’s testimony, despite its manny flaws.

For example, in the report made after the demonstration, the border policeman alleged that stones were thrown, but didn’t say anything about Khaled doing so. He only incrimminated Khaled of interference and participating in an unauthorized demonstration. He also gave a written statement to the police, in which he didn’t say anything about Khaled throwing stones. Therefore, Khaled was not interrogated at first about throwing stones.

However, after Khaled’s attorney filed a request to release him from detention, the same border police man gave a new statement to the police which incriminated Khaled of stone throwing in addition to the above. When he was asked why he didn’t write this in his report, he replied that he had only given a general description and hadn’t gone into detail.

At some point, another report appeared in which the same border policeman incriminated Khaled personally of stone throwing. The border policeman had written the same date and hour on this report as the first report, however, this was only in reference to the time of the event (the actual protest) and not to the time this report was written. Khaled’s attorneys have very strong and based reason

to believe that this report was written after the second statement that the border policeman gave to the police, but either way, it gave an unreliable impression(or so the attorney’s office thought).

In court, the border policeman said the he hadn’t specified the details about stone throwing (although he HAD specificed the details when it came to Khaled’s alleged “interference” and “participation in an unauthorized demo”)in his (initial) report because he was tired at that time and it was a hot day – which is not what he had replied in his statement to the police.

Another issue is how they identified Khaled. The incriminating cop wrote in his reports that he had been in consecutive eye contact with Khaled thhroughout the demo, and had seen him throw stones from 30-50 meters – which really doesn’t qualify as “close range”. In addition in court he explained that there had been more than 200 people there and he had gotten a glimpse of Khaled here and there.

Another border policeman, who claimed that he identified Khaled based on his clothes gave a wrong description of him.

Again, all this didn’t raise enough doubts for the judge. She described the testimonies of the policemen as sincere and straightforward. The contradictions (also regarding where exactly Khaled was arrested) were described as proof that the border policemen didn’t coordinate their testimonies.

It is important to point out that Khaled was offered a plea agreement (he pleads guilty and gets sentenced to less time in military prison) that could have saved him time in prison, but he chose to fight for the recognition of his innocence in the court of occupation, against all odds. 95% of all cases in the military courts end in plea agreements.

There’s still more to be said but for more details, it is better talk to Khaled’s attorney.

By the way, journalists and others can come to the next hearing on the September 5th (when the arguments on the “appropriate” punishment will be given) to get an important first hand impression of the military court and to meet Khaled and show him your solidarity. The same day, there is another “interesting” hearing in a pre-trial of a minor where the lawyer is trying to dismiss the minor’s testimony to the police based on the argument that it was not given voluntarily (that is, he underwnet phisycal and psychological pressure and was deprived of basic rights during the interrogation).”

If anyone would like to attend the hearing on September 5 at Ofer military court, please send your full name and ID/Passport number to vegemmon@yahoo.com


█▌UPDATE | Aug 24, 2011 CORRECTION (24.8.2011):

Khaled’s next hearing is not tmw, Aug. 25 as reported earlier, but on September 5. That was a misunderstanding, sorry about that. If ppl want to go, please send your info in time to vegemmon@yahoo.com

Instead, Majdi Zaaqiq from Beyt Omar has a hearing tomorrow.


█▌UPDATE | Aug 22, 2011

Hi everyone. Bad news: Khaled was found guilty of all charges, that is: participation in an unauthorized demo, obstruction a policeman/soldier on duty, and stone throwing. The stone-throwing charge is of course made up and we had been hoping and expecting that he would be acquitted of this point, as there is video footage and a strong testimony to prove that the charge is unfounded and because the testimony of the officer incriminating him was apparently very weak.

On Thursday, there will be a hearing when both sides will present their arguements (on the kind and length of the “appropriate” punishment). The actual sentencing will probably take place at another hearing, and only then can the defense appeal.

There will be more the verdict later, for now, just sharing the really bad news.

Sorry.


█▌UPDATE | Aug 21, 2011

From the lawyer’s office:

“hi, we were just announced that khaled’s verdict will be given tomorrow in ofer “court”. if you want to go or know sombody who does, please letknow as soon as possible and maximum by 3pm. i hope there will be some good news in these terrible days.”

UPDATE: on Naksa Day protest prisoner Khaled Zwahre: Today, Khaled’s legal defense was heard at Ofer military prison. Khaled gave his statement – which, according to the lawyers, he did well – and an Israeli videographer testified in his defense. Both prosecution and defense also presented their closing statements today – which is good. (…) Now, we are waiting for the judge to write the sentence and call in the next hearing. We hope that she will do so as quickly as possible. A friend of Khaled’s went to the hearing and reports that Khaled was laughing and both joked (so both soldiers and judge threated to ban his friend from the court room). The friend came back in better moods after seeing Khaled. That’s good to know. Now, we need him out ASAP!


█▌UPDATE | Aug 14, 2011

Today, Khaled’s legal defense was heard at Ofer military prison. Khaled gave his statement – which, according to the lawyers, he did well – and an Israeli videographer testified in his defense. Both prosecution and defense also presented their closing statements today – which is good. (…) Now, we are waiting for the judge to write the sentence and call in the next hearing. We hope that she will do so as quickly as possible. A friend of Khaled’s went to the hearing and reports that Khaled was laughing and both joked (so both soldiers and judge threated to ban his friend from the court room). The friend came back in better moods after seeing Khaled. That’s good to know. Now, we need him out ASAP!

Note occupiedpalestine : This was an arbitrary arrest which is a violation of International law, as well as the judging/sentencing of a civilian by a military court


█▌UPDATE | Aug 7, 2011 

26 year old Khaled Zwahre was detained on 5.6.2011 during Naksa Day protests in Qalandia while blocking an army vehicle that was about to invade further into residential areas of Qalandia. According to eye-witnesses, his arrest appeared random. Khaled was taken to Atarot police station (in Qalandia industrial area, operated by the border police), where he was suspected of participating in an unauthorized demonstration and disturbing a policeman/soldier on duty. Only the following day, two border policemen – one of whom wrote a report on the day of arrest, incriminating Khaled only for the above mentioned offenses – “remembered” that Khaled also threw stones, and gave a very weak statement against him.

Although there are several videos and photographs that show that Khaled was arrested while blocking the army vehicle, and although there are several witnesses including journalists willing to testify that Khaled only used his voice in chants and his body in trying to block the vehicle during that protest, and despite of the weakness of the border policemen’s testimonies, Khaled was indicted on July 12 and charged with participating in an unauthorized demonstration, disturbing a policeman/soldier on duty, AND stone throwing.

The military court in Ofer ordered that Khaled be remanded, meaning that he be kept under arrest until the end of proceedings. Khaled’s lawyers appealed against the remand decision (there was a hearing concerning this appeal on June 15th at the military court of appeals). The appeals court took an outrageously long time to decide and finally rejected the appeal, meaning that it confirmed that Khaled – without the question of “guilt” even being addressed – is to be kept under arrest until the end of the proceedings.

The actual trial – where the allegations against Khaled are being heard and judged – only started on August 3. The policeman who arrested him testified against Khaled, giving false testimony – in a confident way – that upheld the allegation of stone throwing. Fortunately, Khaled’s lawyers are in possession of video footage that clearly proves that the policeman was lying.

The next hearing will take place on August 14. Khaled and other defense witnesses are scheduled to testify then, and ideally, if there is enough time to hear the concluding arguments the same day, the verdict would be given at the following hearing. Khaled’s lawyers are trying to speed up the process as much as possible to spare him unnecessary time in prison. Should the trial be prolonged, however, Khaled would be in the absurd – yet very common – situation that he would probably get released earlier if, despite of his innocence, he pleaded guilty and agreed to a “plea bargain” than if he continued his defense in his trial.

About Khaled: Khaled Zwahre is originally from Lydd, but was born in Ramallah. As the oldest of three brothers and three sisters, Khaled is the sole bread-winner in his family since his father’s death several years ago. Living in Ramallah by himself and working as a painter, Khaled provides for his mother and siblings who are living in Beitunia. He has put several of siblings through school, with one of his sisters still studying. Khaled’s family home is currently also home to a friend of his who was in need of housing. Four months prior to his arrest, Khaled began regularly supporting the popular resistance in Nabi Saleh in solidarity. Khaled is greatly missed by his friends and family, and we are all outraged at the absurdity and blatant injustice of his arrest.

Khaled would be pleased to see familiar faces at the hearing on August 14. If you would like to go, please send your full names and ID/passport numbers to vegemmon@yahoo.com by Thursday, August 11, at 12h.


█▌UPDATE | July 17, 2011  | Khaled had a trial and it got postponed till August 14th 


█▌UPDATE | June 25, 2011 | Not confirmed yet but people close to Khaled have messaged that IOA has dropped the initial alleged charges and now Khaled is charged for throwing rocks at Nabi Saleh protest in stead. We keep you updated here as soon as confirmation of this message reached us.


█▌UPDATE | June 15, 2011 | Khaleds military hearing has concluded delayed ruling til Sunday they will either release him or keep him in custody for 101 days. We want to ask your support to keep sharing this information widely so the cases of arbitraty arrest by Israel get more media attention. For putting a unarmed civilian on trial for a military court after an arbitrary arrest without any proof is a severe violation of Human Rights which are already violated in every way possible. Spread the word…..



continuous updates as confirmed news is available…


Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Art 20(1)

“Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.”

But no no Human Rights are valid under Apartheid  in Palestine

Khaled Zawahre was arrested in Qalandia while stopping in front of the Skunk Car he has been detained in Ofer prison and Military court extended his emprisonement with another 101 days of arrest until end of investigation they accused him of beating up a soldier and throwing rocks even though the films show he was standing non-violent infront of the car being skunked !
Earlier on May 15 2011, Khaled also got injured during a similar “non-violent” demo and was hit with a rubber bullet and lost consciousness twice from the teargas (HRW May 20, 2011 issue) on the same day, Israel answered non violent protesters with great and disproportional violence which caused 15 deaths.


The courtcase which found place on  wednesday June 15, but the Military Court postponed it’s ruling, so please keep sharing this information and article, so this indiscriminate and arbitrary arrests gets attention.
To highlight the policies of Israel in arbitrary arrests of Non violent protesters, we want to quote a part of the speech of Bassem Tamimi (veteran grass root activist from Nabi Saleh who at the moment also is detained for over 2 months already) and with which he adressed court during his hearing :

I was born at the same time as the Occupation and have been living under its inherent inhumanity, inequality, racism and lack of freedom ever since. Yet, despite all this, my belief in human values and the need for peace in this land have never been shaken. Suffering and oppression did not fill my heart with hatred for anyone, nor did they kindle feelings of revenge. To the contrary, they reinforced my belief in peace and national standing as an adequate response to the inhumanity of Occupation.

International law guarantees the right of occupied people to resist Occupation.

A full transcript of the speech of Bassem Tamimi can be found here


Below two video’s in which you can see Khaled just standing in front of the Skunk Truck





and here (starting at 4:50 min)



Now we ask you: in Qalandiya that day press, photographers and even the occupation forces where shooting not only bullets but video and pictures as well, see the pictures below, so why can’t IOA publish a proof of those imaginary rocks Khaled would have thrown while standing with his hands in the air anyway?

Policeofficer on the left with camera

Soldier with Camera...

And another camcorder...

And... the Army-photographer on duty...

Just one of the many pictures showing the huge amount of press present as well...

And no one captured a picture or video of Khaled throwing a rock.. Here's Khaled, left in the pictures clapping his hands...

Khaled loves peace and Justice, a peace sign

Khaled in front of the truck... seen from his back

And another one...

And... another peace sign...

And again...


Meet Israel – Apartheid & Zionism

Emprisoning a man,  for standing on a street ….in his own land
►  UDHR Art 13:1:”Everyone has the right 2 freedom of movement & residence within the borders of each state”


Raising his hands not to violate but to show of peace
►  UDHR 20(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.


And than gets arrested & detained for 100 days…
►  UDHR Art 9: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”


No Human Rights in Palestine so Spread the word, the pictures and the videos!





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