Another Palestinian Gandhi convicted of 'incitement'
A great man, Abdullah Abu Rahmah, has just been convicted of the most ridiculous and bogus charges by an Israeli court (incitement) for being one of the most effective non-violent organizers in the West Bank. His village of Bil'in, and their struggle to save their land from being cut in half by the Israeli Wall, has won international support and even Israeli court rulings against the Wall route, largely due to his organizing.
He has paid a heavy price for his commitment to non-violence - his nephew Bassem was killed last year when Israeli troops fired a high-velocity tear gas canister directly at his chest. His children, brothers, nephews have been beaten, jailed, harassed and one even paralyzed for life by a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by Israeli troops at the non-violent weekly demonstration in Bil'in. And now, Abu Rahmah himself is facing a two-year sentence for organizing the most consistent and engaged non-violent campaign that Palestine has seen since the ID-throwing and tax resistance in Beit Sahour in the late 80s.
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