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Israeli Forces Release Distinguished Educator Under Threat of Future Harm

Low to mid-ranking Israel police allowed to treat American professors in degrading ways.

Dr. Qumsiyeh being led away by an Israeli soldier
Dr. Qumsiyeh being led away by an Israeli soldier. Special thanks to Palestine Monitor

(BETHLEHEM) - I was released from detention after investigation only with minor bruises, threats and warnings but both Israeli activists.

Shy and Yotam were brought in front of a judge on some false charges and judged to stay away from the wall for 30 days (last time for me it was 15 days) with hefty fines if they violate the order.

I was honored to share a few hours with them in detention.

The past days have not been easy. Tuesday June 8th, we witnessed how the land of Al-Walaja was being destroyed.

Abu Nidal watched as Israeli colonizers uprooted olive trees that his family has planted decades ago and trees donated by Europeans 8 years ago.

I was released without charges four hours later with a strong warning and threat from Asa'ad that he would shackle me, hurt me, 'and worse' if he caught me near the wall work areas again.

After the devastation, activists were determined to do something and that morning some even chained themselves to a bulldozer.

The 'Border police' are known for being ruthless and mean. In this case, there was also the added complication of the Israeli army deciding to put a unit headed by a Druze officer named Asa'ad that included a mix of Ashkenazim and Druze and a token black soldier.

One of the Ashkenazi soldiers was particularly aggressive.

The Druze soldiers appeared out of place. Some soldiers confided that they are merely forced to serve. But Captain Asa'ad was clearly in command and interested in action.

He was busy ordering his soldiers to push us around, instructing them to not talk to us, telling them to arrest us etc.

After Yotam was arrested for chaining himself to the bulldozer, we were pushed up the hill toward the paved village road past the old destroyed fig tree that Zakhariya used to sit under every day for decades.

We had a sit-in for over an hour at the side of the street.

The uprooting of the olive trees and destruction of the
land of Abu Nidal in the village of Al-Walaja.

Towards the end of it, it was clear that this commander had it in for us. Two different times, as I was trying to talk to him and his soldiers, he came to tell me that I would be arrested.

As we finally ended our sit-in and were moving away from the soldiers, the commander called for me and took my ID card and told me I was being detained. As his soldier led me away, other activists rushed to talk to the soldiers including the commander.

Israeli citizens also treated poorly by Israeli police

I was thus not surprised to see Shy also arrested even though he did not do anything other than trying to talk to the occupation soldiers about why they detained me.

I was released without charges four hours later with a strong warning and threat from Asa'ad that he would shackle me, hurt me, 'and worse' if he caught me near the wall work areas again.

Shy and Yotam were given a suspended sentence but they must stay away from the wall areas for 30 days. If you know any Druze, I urge you to write to them. It is a shame what they are doing serving in an army of occupation.

But it is also a shame for any human being to serve in such a sadistic brutalizing colonization force. Heartbreaking video of devastation Tuesday June 8th at youtube.com/watch?v=TrbMP9hRNeo

And the action and arrests on Wednesday June 9th http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9rdBX0pvv0 And here is a report from Palestine monitor with great photos palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article1442

This destruction is carried on while the US administration bribes Mahmoud Abbas with more millions in aid for more streets and government buildings and security forces to ensure we do not have any demonstrations against the occupation.

This is done as the US shields Israel from International law and sends more arms shipments to Israel in violation of US law (which demands weapons not be used to violate human rights) Israeli Murders, NATO and Afghanistan By Craig Murray informationclearinghouse.info/article25596.htm

PLEASE ACT on the call from Palestinian Civil Society for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel bdsmovement.net/?q=node/710 and continue to write and demonstrate and increase the pressure on the supine media and politicians.


Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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