Abdallah Abu Rahmah, Organizer Against Occupation, High School Teacher
SOURCE: +972 Magazine
Abdullah Abu Rahmah was arrested on December 10, 2009 and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment including time served. He was designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International and was held beyond his completed sentence, spending 15 months in jail . During court sessions, the military prosecution said that it wished to “make an example” of him.
“I am deeply concerned about the conviction earlier this week of Abdallah Abu Rahmah by an Israeli military court. When I met him with my fellow Elders last year, we were very impressed by his commitment to non-violence and the wise leadership he showed.
“He and his fellow activists have had some success in challenging the wall that divides the people of Bil’in from their land. Israel’s attempt to crack down on this effective resistance movement by criminalising peaceful protest is unacceptable and unjust.
“I urge the Israeli authorities to release Abdallah Abu Rahmah immediately and unconditionally, and to overturn his conviction.”
During an interview after his release, Abdullah said, “I am happy to be home with my friends and family but I can’t stop thinking about my friends who are still in prison. Right now, we’re sitting here eating and talking and I look at my watch and I know that it is the hour when all of the prisoners get locked back into their cells. So I’m celebrating but with my thoughts about them all the time with me.”