ACT NOW ▶ ISRAEL RAIDED THE OFFICE OF @STOPTHEWALL

May 8, 2012 ( Press Release of Stop the Wall below this appeal )

In a pathetic attempt to silence those who rightfully act and non-violently ‘fight’ for justice and human rights, Israel raided the office of Stop The Wall. They also confiscated equipment and archive documents and so violated private property as well as intellectual rights.

Here’s a short impression of what happened as related by Stop the Wall on twitter:







Nowadays, computers and especially of those who are able to convey you facts, as well as those who are able to provide you real time news from the ground seem to be more ‘dangerous’ to Israel than a man with a gun.


Why?

Because Israel has an achillusheel: Exposure of the truth of it’s crimes and repression on the people of Palestine. So it pushes all buttons to prevent truth is being spread.


What can you do?

  1. Follow “Stop the Wall” Campaign on twitter and request your friends and followers to do the same.
  2. Visit the Website of Stop the Wall which has a great database of resources and spread the link, share it on your social networks.
  3. To all activists, bloggers, BDS and Pro-Pal organisations, pls feel free to reblog or repost this request



Let’s turn Israel’s efforts to silence one of the most reliable and great non violent popular resistance and human rights fighters into vain. Follow and amplify the news of Stop the Wall and let us take care together, Israel will take notice that  these kind of actions only will amplify the voice of the suppressed.



PRESS RELEASE | Urgent: STW office raided by Israeli military

At 1.30am this morning ten armored jeeps of the Israeli Occupation Forces surrounded and raided the offices of  Stop the Wall in Ramallah. Israeli military stole 2 laptops, 3 hard drives and 10 memory cards containing files and photos as well as archive material relating to the work that the organisation does in opposition to Israel’s apartheid wall and the attack on Palestinian human rights that the wall and the settlements represent. This is yet another attack upon Palestinian civil society and their struggle against the physical and psychological oppression, land confiscation and ethnic cleansing policies of Israel.

For photos see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stopthewall/sets/72157629631856082/

Stop the Wall is one of the most vibrant organizations of human rights defenders in Palestine, and has been promoting, for almost ten years, civil resistance and advocacy campaigns against the Wall and in defense of Palestinian rights to self determination. Human Rights Defenders are internationally recognized as an essential element in political processes and their repression further underlines Israeli unwillingness to achieve a just peace.

Jamal Juma`, coordinator of the Stop the Wall Campaign, comments:

“It is not surprising that the Israeli authorities have chosen this moment to escalate their repression against the Stop the Wall grassroots network of civil resistance against the Wall and the settlements, choosing to act on the same day that the Israeli High Court rejected the appeals of Palestinian hunger strikers Bilal Diab and Tha’’ir Halahleh, imprisoned without charge and without trial, effectively condemning them to death.

The courageous steadfastness of the more than 2000 hunger strikers in Israeli jails is underlining once more the power of civil resistance as part of the Palestinian struggle. Almost daily people are out in the streets to protest in solidarity with the Palestinian political prisoners, and the discontent with the fruitless and completely stalled diplomatic processes is growing stronger. At the same time, the Israeli authorities announced in 2011 to UN agencies that throughout 2012 year they will systematically displace the Palestinian population in area C. While the displacement drive is underway in the Jordan Valley, home demolitions are rising and the settlement construction is accelerated, the people across the West Bank are always more constraint behind the cantons of the wall.

This raid on the Stop the Wall offices is a clear message that the Israeli authorities are fearing widespread nonviolent action will challenge their policies effectively. Israel is preparing for confrontation and more repression, clearly showing that it is not ready to relinquish any of the international sanctioned rights the Palestinian people are struggling for.”

This is not the first time Stop the Wall has been the target of Israeli repression. In September 2009 Stop the Wall youth coordinator was arrested and the Stop the Wall coordinator, Jamal Juma’, was arrested a few months later, in December 2009. The Israeli authorities were not able to formulate any accusations against either of them and after a sustained international campaign, that saw the active involvement of the diplomatic missions in Palestine and European foreign ministries as well as countless human rights organizations around the world, both had to be freed in January 2010. This attack was followed only a few months later by an extensive office raid by the Israeli military on February 8 2010 and mass arrests of grassroots human rights defenders in the villages most actively protesting against the Wall.




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