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Israel: Free Abdallah Abu Rahmah Now !Political Commentary by Tim King Salem-News.com
One year has since passed since his Human Rights Day arrest, and Abu Rahmah is still being held indefinitely by the Israeli military.
(SALEM, Ore.) - At Burger King you can 'have it your way', but in the eyes of decency that still manage to exist within this mad world, there is only one way to receive your order of humanity.
Humanity is actually very boring, perhaps that is why leaders of modern governments like Israel still continue to view it more as a sport and a bargaining chip, that an actual requirement.
When you practice humane behavior, you don't get to choose which specific humans receive this regard. The varietal element is there, but filters are strictly banned.
As a journalist and an American and a human being I am greatly distressed that the US government is not aiding a Palestinian peace activist, leader, father and husband named Abdallah Abu Rahmah.
His name is synonymous with Israeli occupational resistance in Bil'in- a place all people familiar with this struggle know of.
There are many Salem-News.com reports telling this tragic story of how each week, on Friday, activists gather and protest the apartheid wall that looms twenty feet plus into the sky here and throughout the West Bank and Gaza.
The plight of Abdallah Abu Rahmah has gained attention globally with statements from the European Union, The Elders (including former US President Jimmy Carter), Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
British Foreign Minister, William Hague, met with leading Palestinian grassroots organizers last month in an unprecedented show of support for Palestine in the face of ongoing Israeli repression.
The US on the other hand, rejected the opportunity to support a free Palestine just last week.
Former US president Jimmy Carter said in the Elders’ release that:
"Israeli military prosecutors want to extend Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s sentence as a deterrent to others who may follow his example. The Elders believe that his example of non-violent resistance against the occupation is a model that others should follow".
Everything Israel does with regard to the Palestinians, works against the most elementary principles of decency, proving over and over that it is going to take strong political and military aggression against Israel to eventually take down their criminal government so that the people of Israel can live in peace and not be led by half-blind religious zealots bent on killing and oppressing neighbors rather than taking proactive steps toward peace.
Members of The Elders; Desmond Tutu, Ela Bhatt, Gro Brundtland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson, met Abu Rahmah last year in the West Bank village of Bil’in. They reported being impressed by Abu Rahmah and praised his wise leadership of effective, non-violent civil action.
At least one reporter is posing the question of Abu Rahmah's fate to the United States Undersecretary of State PJ Crowley.
In the video on the right; sent in by our writer and great friend Gilad Atzmon in London, we see a 10 December 2010 State Department Press Briefing, where Associated Press Reporter Matthew Lee asks Undersecretary of State PJ Crowley about Israel's imprisonment of nonviolent protest organizer Abdallah Abu Rahmah from the West Bank village of Bil'in.
He asks week after week and never receives an answer. Keep in mind that Abdallah Abu Rahmah is doing exactly what he is supposed to do; he is speaking out and not using violence as any type of weapon. Israel's arrest of him on Human Rights Day in 2009 and their subsequent refusal to release him at the conclusion of his one-year sentence, illustrate why there is a growing voice in the US, UK and worldwide to bring an end to the maniacal rule of a very dangerous government led by PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
Abu Rahmah was sentenced to one year in Israeli prison on the charge of "incitement" for organizing protests against the confiscation of land and Israel's illegal wall in his West Bank village of Bil'in.
One year has since passed and Abu Rahmah is still being held indefinitely by the Israeli military. As Gilad Atzmon said of Israel's policies, "They can do with a lesson on integrity..."
Please join others and get involved for the sake of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, his wife, Majida Abu Rahmah, their three small children and everything in the world that is right and true.
I've said it so many times; this is not about religion, nobody cares about that. This is about ending the reign of a bad government. Americans are the only hope that exists toward really effectively accomplishing this.
I mentioned earlier that the name Abu Rahmah is well known in this movement. Please also visit this story, the first source listed below, and watch the associated video clips to get a clear picture of the struggle for Bil'in:
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