TELL CONGRESS: Demand Israel release Abdul-Khalik Burnat!
Every year our Congressional representatives vote to send Israel over $10 million per day. That gives them the obligation to speak out when Israel commits human rights abuses.
Iyad Burnat, a Palestinian farmer, is a courageous nonviolence leader in the West Bank town of Bil'in. For years he has led nonviolent demonstrations against Israel's confiscation of the village's farmland.
Yesterday, when Iyad's teenaged son Abdul-Khalik went out for pizza with two friends, Israeli soldiers grabbed them, beat them, and imprisoned them.
This is not the first time Israeli soldiers have targeted Abdul-Khalik. The last time was in January of 2017, when he was shot with a rubber bullet in his head. They also detained him in another night-time raid in March 2017, while he was under treatment for his injuries.
Today, Dec. 14th, a court hearing has been set for him. This arbitrary hearing is crucial and likely to determine whether to extend their detention (for interrogation), impose an administrative detention order or file charges in the military courts.
Please contact your Congressional representatives and ask that they demand the boys be released. These politicians voted to give Israel massive power; it is their responsibility to speak out when Israel abuses it.
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Since Congress voted, without any objections raised, to give Israel over $10 million per day, I assume you voted for this massive support for Israel.
This huge US support for Israel gives Congress, in general, and you, personally, the obligation to speak out when Israel misuses the power you gave it.
I am writing to you today about one small but important example of such abuse that is in your power to address: Israel's beating and imprisonment of the son of a leading nonviolence leader in the Palestinian territories.
When this teen and two friends went out to get pizza on Tuesday, they were grabbed by Israeli soldiers, beaten, and imprisoned. Their hearing is scheduled for today.
I am asking you to publicly demand that Israel release these boys, and to desist from its pattern of beating and imprisoning massive numbers of Palestinian men, women, and children.
Let me tell you about this specific teenager, Abdul-Khalik Burnat.
His father is Iyad Burnat, a Palestinian farmer and courageous nonviolence leader in the West Bank town of Bil'in. For years Iyad has led nonviolent demonstrations against Israel's confiscation of the village's farmland. In 2015 The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict of Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy awarded Iyad Burnatt the James Lawson Award for leadership in nonviolent action. (http://iakn.us/2Cebx7a)
For all his efforts in using nonviolence, Iyad and his family have been beaten, shot, and imprisoned. Some of this is depicted in his brother's Oscar-nominated documentary Five Broken Cameras. (http://iakn.us/2ABY3oC)
This is not the first time Israeli soldiers have targeted Abdul-Khalik. The last time was in January, when he was shot with a rubber bullet in his head. They also detained him in another night-time raid two months later, while he was under treatment for his injuries.
Today's arbitrary hearing is crucial and likely to determine whether to extend the boys' detention (for interrogation), impose an administrative detention order (under which they can be kept for months or years) or file charges in the military courts.
You and your Congressional colleagues vote year after year to give massive power to Israel. It is your responsibility to object publicly when that power is abused: tell Israel to release these boys.