PRESS RELEASE – Jenin Freedom Theater to Reenact Midnight Arrests

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PNN – Palestine News Network –  21.12.11 – 18:44


Jenin refugee camp has recently suffered a higher number of arrests than usual. Over thirty arrests have been made in the past month. On the night of December 19th alone, at least eight new arrests were made during a major Israeli military invasion of the refugee camp. Among the people arrested were three members of The Freedom Theatre, a cultural centre for children and youth.


Jenin Refugee Camp, home to Mohammed Saadi and 16,000 other registered Palestinian refugees (Brendan Work, PNN).
One of the arrested were Mohammed Saadi, the light and sound technician at The Freedom Theatre:
“At around midnight soldiers broke down the door to my house, they didn’t even knock. They blindfolded me and my brother and took us up to the mountain behind Jenin camp. There we were shoved into an army jeep. During the approximately half-hour drive to the army base we were constantly abused, physically and orally. The soldiers hit us with their fists and the buts of their machine guns. In the early morning we were released after having been interrogated throughout the night.”
The reason for these arrests remains unclear.
To bring attention to this systematized practice of military rule and arbitrary arrests, The Freedom Theatre will hold a street performance at 2 pm today (December 21st) near The Freedom Theatre in Jenin refugee camp.
We will use Playback Theatre* to enact the stories of those who were arrested. Other related stories may be shared and enacted.
The 2 pm performance will also be a publicity event for The Freedom Bus project.

Source and more at the PNN – Palestine News Network

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