Murad Shtaiwi, Human rights lawyer, prominent Leader From Kufr Qaddoum
SOURCE: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Murad Shtaiwi is a well known non-violent activist and one of the leaders of weekly protests in Kufr Qaddum. The protests are aimed at the military occupation and call for the reopening of the main road connecting Kufr Quddum to Nablus, that was closed due to the expansion of illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim.
Shtaiwi and several other members of his community were arrested during house raids on April 29, 2014. Amnesty International described his arrest as “part of a pattern of harassment by Israeli forces against him and other human rights defenders involved in weekly demonstrations in villages across the West Bank. He was later moved to Meggido Prison and was charge with organizing unauthorized demonstrations. After trial delays, on December 4, 2014, he was sentenced to 9 ½ months in prison. He was released on January 22, 2015. Shtaiwi continues to organize with the Kufr Qaddoum Popular Committee.