Urgent Request ▶ Support Legal Defense of Children by @PalestinePSP

April 8, 2012 by occpal

Occupied Palestine Weblog is reposting this very urgent request on behalf of the Palestine Solidarity Project who is in need of funds to continue the defense of children detained by Israel. Currently 206 children are illegally detained which is an increase of 53% compared to December 2011. In this latest report of Defense for Children International you can read in which kind of conditions and to which violations and violence children are exposed, aside from illegally being trialed by military courts.

Their only chances on a little dignity and support, swifter release and being spared of jail or shorten illegal sentences and maltreatment is legal defense which many parents and families in Palestine can not afford. There for we want to ask you to make a contribution to enable PSP to continue this important work.

Below the appeal some more resources about the conditions and violations which are imposed on children by the Israeli apartheid system.

The number of arrests and violations of (International) Law are horrendous. Actually no law at all is being observed if it concerns arrests or jailing of children. In the latest atrocities which are really beyond imagination Israel attempted to arrest a 2 year old child. I kid you not. Also a 40 day old baby was summoned to court for alleged attacks. A magnum opus of lawlessness and violations of the right of the child which should prevail in any circumstance. This should not be no discussion at all.  Yet Israel is a disengaged occupier who puts itself at all cost above the laws and rights, even of the little ones.

We want to ask you to consider a donation. It can’t be to small. Also we want to ask you to share this appeal to your friends and networks so the campaign will become a success and enables PSP to continue and expand their legal work for the children, as well as more awareness will be created for these violations against children.

Imagine, it would be your child…

PSP Appeal for Help with Legal Defense

I have been proud to work with Palestine Solidarity Project since its beginning. As a co-founder of PSP with my husband Mousa Abu Maria, I have watched PSP grow from a small project involving a dozen committed individuals, to an internationally-known grassroots Palestinian organization dedicated to supporting Palestinian popular resistance and international solidarity. However, with the expansion of our organization comes even greater responsibility.

Defense of Children International-Palestine released an urgent appeal on their website this week calling for action on behalf of Beit Ommar’s youth. In the last 6 months there has been a disturbing spike in detention of youth from Beit Ommar. Though the arrest, interrogation and even torture of youth in West Bank is not unusual, there has been a clear attack on Beit Ommar’s youth, as Electronic Intifada reported here.

Palestine Solidarity Project has, since its inception, taken on the cost for the legal defense of as many residents of Beit Ommar as possible, as well as anyone arrested during non-violent demonstrations in the area. We work with amazing Israeli lawyers at the offices of Gaby Lasky, who are tireless in their defense of Palestinians arrested by Israeli Occupation Forces. Because of the marked increase in detentions of youth in Beit Ommar, PSP is in critical need of financial support for its legal defense fund.
In the last year, PSP has accrued 103,000 ILS (Approx. $28,000 USD) in the defense of Palestinians, the vast majority of which is for children. Palestinians can often spend months in jail if they do not get bail; excellent representation for them at initial bail hearings is essential to maximizing their chances of returning home quickly.

PSP is a totally independent Palestinian organization. 100% of our funding comes from private individuals around the world. We do not receive any financial assistance from any governmental body, including the Palestinian Authority. We depend on individuals such as yourself to continue to support the popular resistance of the Southern West Bank.

Donations to our legal defense fund can be made in two ways:

Donate via Paypal at: palestinesolidarityproject.org/donate

Or, from the United States or Canada, you can mail a check or money order, made out to “PSP-NY” to:
P.O. Box 24281
Santa Fe, NM 87502

Additionally, a long-time international activist Jeff Pickert is doing a speaking tour of the United States and Canada to raise money for our legal defense and youth bail funds. You can book Jeff for a speaking event at your university, community center, church, synagogue or mosque by emailing palestineproject@gmail.com.

Documentation from the lawyers can be made available upon request.

Palestinians, especially young Palestinians, are putting themselves and their liberty on the line to defend their land and confront the occupation. It is our duty as internationals to provide support wherever we can.

Please give what you can today. You can also become a PSP sustainer at palestinesolidarityproject.org/donate. Join me in showing a commitment to Palestinian freedom and popular struggle by demonstrating that we won’t let Palestine’s sons languish in occupation prisons.

Bekah Wolf


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