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Fundraiser to benefit the legal defense and appeal of Rasmea Odeh!

Sunday, April 19
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 W Randolph Street, Chicago
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1421550021472920/

Join us for lunch and a discussion about civil rights and the connection between the battle for equality in Palestine and here in the United States. Our featured speakers will include Ahmad Abuznaid, Co-founder and Legal Policy Director of the Dream Defenders, and lead attorney, Michael Deutsch who will give an update on Rasmea Odeh’s case and appeal.

Buy tickets through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/supporting-defending-civil-rights-the-case-of-rasmea-odeh-tickets-15968305632

Or contact Maha Jarad (mahajarad -at- sbcglobal.net) or Faten Dabis (fatena790 -at- yahoo.com) to purchase tickets.

Co-sponsor information to date: American Friends Service Committee-Chicago, Arab Democratic Club, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Chicago, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, Students for Justice in Palestine-Chicago, Rasmea Defense Committee, Coalition to Protect People’s Rights, Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East Peace, Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, U.S. Palestine Community Network, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

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FREE THE HARES BOYS – 2ND PROTEST FOR 2 YEARS ANNIVERSARY – 5 CHILDREN ABDUCTED, TORTURED & CAGED FOR NO CRIME

DATE: Friday 20th Mar 2015, 3-5pm
LOCATION: HP London HQ, 88 Wood Street, London EC2V 7QT (near St.Paul’s)
FACEBOOK EVENT:   https://www.facebook.com/events/856382487767479/
Organized by www.inminds.com
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Five Palestinian children have been tortured and caged by Israel for 2 years for a crime that didn’t even happen. Following the successful protest on friday 13th March, please join us on this second protest for the second anniversary of their abduction as we demand justice for the Hares Boys, outside the London headquarters of Hewlett Packard who provide the IT infrastructure and systems that ensures Israel’s torture dens and dungeons stay operational. These include Israel’s notorious Al-Jalame interrogation centre, where the children were savagely tortured, and Israel’s Megiddo prison where the children have been caged for two years.

THE HARES BOYS

On 14th March 2013 a simple car accident, when a illegal Israeli settler car speeding along a road built illegally on stolen Palestinian land, crashed in to the back of an Israeli truck which had stopped to change a flat tire resulting in four people being hurt, was later at the behest of angry settlers presented as an attack by Palestinian stone throwing youth. The truck drivers earlier testimony that he stopped due to a flat tire was replaced with the new reason being that he had seen stones by the road, and an accident that happened after dark that nobody saw suddenly became a terror attack with 61 witnesses including the police!

Over the next few days over 50 masked Israeli soldiers with attack dogs stormed the local village of Hares in the early hours of the morning and in waves of violent arrests kidnapped the children of the village. In total 19 children were taken to the infamous G4S secured children’s dungeon at Al Jalame and locked up in solitary confinement for up to 2 weeks in filthy windowless 1m by 2m hole in the ground cells with no mattress. The Israeli prime minister Benyamin Natanyahu announced to the settlers that he had “caught the terrorists”. The children were violently tortured and sexual threats were made against the female members of their families in order to coerce confessions from the boys.

With the confessions and the new “eye-witness” statements, five of the Hares boys were charged with 25 counts of attempted murder each, even though there were only four people in the car. Apparently the military court had decided that 25 stones were thrown, each with an “intent to kill”. The five boys have been illegally transferred to Israel, in contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, to Megiddo prison where G4S provides the entire central command room.

In violation of international law Israel has turned prisons in to money making enterprises with the boys essentially forced to pay for their own imprisonment. Israel deliberately fails to provide Palestinian prisoners the basic essentials – edible food, cloths (underwear, shoes..) and hygiene products (soap, toothbrush..). The boys are forced to buy these at the extortionately priced prison shop costing the families over € 125/month to provide for one child’s basic needs in prison.

With no evidence of a crime the military court keeps on postponing the hearing dates from one month to one year to two years, meanwhile the boys remain caged indefinitely and their families facing financial ruin in the process. A court hearing entails the families spending most of their day queuing and enduring the humiliation at the checkpoints where HP provides the biometric systems used to tag Palestinians, then waiting at the court in anticipation of catching a glimpse of their son.. often to be disappointed as hearing are cancelled without notice.

The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF report on Children in Israeli Military Detention concludes that Israel is the only country in the world where children are systematically tried in military courts that by definition fall short of providing  the necessary guarantees to ensure respect for their rights. The conviction rate in Israeli military courts is an unfathomable 99.74%.

If the five boys are convicted they will be locked up for over 25 years – five young lives ruined with no evidence of a crime let alone their guilt.

Unfortunately the case of the five Hares Boys is not an isolated incident, last year Israel abducted 1266 Palestinian children – that’s one child taken from their parents every 7 hours! During interrogation 75% of Palestinian children detained by Israel are physically tortured. 40% of the 600 children that were taken from Jerusalem alone, were sexually abused by Israeli soldiers during arrest or interrogation.

Hewlett Packard provides the IT infrastructure which keep these torture dens operational. In an ongoing contract (until 2016), worth millions of dollars, HP provides the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) the systems and servers needed to keep it operational. In 2012 HP provided the central servers for the operational system of the IPS (“Tzohar”) and its ongoing maintenance. In a contract worth $35 million, HP developed the Kidma information system for the IPS which includes the prisoners management system and intelligence subs systems, helping the occupation keep illegal records on Palestinians it has abducted and their families. HP has also executed a project for e-mail storage and archive for the IPS. Hewlett Packard is fully complicit in the crimes Israel commits against Palestinian child prisoners, and must be held to account.

The night before Rasmea’s sentencing:

An Evening with Rasmea: Fundraiser in Support of Community Leader and Activist
Wednesday, March 11
7:00 pm
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan 48126
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/847952345270970/

Join us for a night of music, food and community to welcome Rasmea Odeh to Detroit on March 11 at the Arab American Museum Annex. We are hosting a fundraiser in celebration of the resilience of Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh. All proceeds will go directly towards her legal defense fund.

Rasmea Odeh is a 67 year old Palestinian-American community leader in Chicago. Last October, Rasmea was indicted for allegedly falsifying information on her immigration application, accusations based on information gained through torture in an Israeli jail nearly 20 years ago.

This past November, Rasmea was unlawfully found guilty on these charges, in an unfair trial where the judge did not allow her to present any evidence on the weeks of torture she endured at the hands of the Israeli military.

After 1 month imprisonment, where she spent weeks in solitary confinement without explanation, she was released on a $50,000 bond on December 11.

Rasmea’s sentencing date is scheduled for this Thursday, March 12 at 10 am, Detroit Federal Courthouse. Please join us coming together and supporting her in her stand against injustice.

Suggested $5-10 donation at the door

Tuesday, March 17
7:30 pm
Al Magazzino Parallelo, Via Genova 70, 47521 Cesena, Italy
For info: Comitato Difesa Sociale difesasociale [at] libero.it
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/875058099218970/

Part of the Global days of action for the Hares Boys

19.30: Photos and Screenings
From 21.00: Video Link with Nablus (Palestine) with:
Dr. Yousef Abdallah, a professor of economics, kidnapped several times by Israel, deported for 12 years in Jordan, released in February 2015.
Hassan Shbita, committee of the village of Azzoun, Qalqilya
Um Fadi, mother of Ali, one of the five Hares Boys imprisoned by Israel

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Free the Hares Boys! Free Palestine! 15 March Day of Action Glasgow

Sunday, March 15
2:00 pm
Marks and Spencer Sauciehall Street
Glasgow, Scotland
International Day of Action for the Hares Boys – Palestinian teenagers imprisoned by Israel.

Organised by Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! (Glasgow) All welcome – open megaphone – Free all Palestinian prisoners / Smash apartheid Israel!

This year, Sunday 15th March will mark 2 years since 5 teenage boys from the village of Hares, Palestine, were kidnapped from their homes, abused and violently interrogated, and locked in an Israeli prison. All for something they didn’t do.

Should the Israeli military courts get their way, the Hares Boys will face long years in prison for a “crime” that carries no evidence of their supposed guilt and which all the boys deny. To mark the 2 years since the boys’ incarceration, an international day of action has been called for 15 March with all progressive people around the world to devise local actions aimed at raising the profile of the case of the Hares Boys and by doing so, put pressure on the Israeli occupation to respect the principles of justice and release these kids from prison.

The fact that it is British based security multinational G4S that provides the guards to imprison and torture these kids means our solidarity is vital. No to Britain’s support for Apartheid Israel!

Join us for an international day of action for The Hares Boys! Bring flags, whistles, banners, placards to help raise attention. Gather outside Marks and Spencer, one of Britain’s biggest corporate sponsors of Israel.

An open megaphone will be there for all to use.

For more information about the Hares Boys visit: http://haresboys.wordpress.com/

Glasgow Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! is organising for Palestine Prisoners Day on 17 April so any ideas get in contact

Facebook Glasgow FRFI
07938908891
www.frfi.co.uk

Part of the global call to Free the Hares Boys, organizers are coordinating Latin American events to call for their freedom.

March 13:
Montevideo, Uruguay, 8:00 pm, Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación (FHCE) Salón ROMERO Montevideo, Uruguay
https://www.facebook.com/events/1070350206313920/

March 15:
San José, Costa Rica, 2:00 pm, Plaza de la Cultura, San José, Costa Rica
https://www.facebook.com/events/400661190095156/

March 16:
Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico, 6:00 pm, Beppo Bazaar, 11 oriente no. 8, Puebla
https://www.facebook.com/events/953892107954333/

Over the next two weeks we will see co-ordinated joint protests and events across several countries around the world, all in solidarity with the Hares Boys – five Palestinian teens tortured and caged in a G4S secured Israeli prison and facing life sentence for a crime that never happened!

The global solidarity event for the Hares Boys will start in Chile and UK where activists will use posters and hand leaflets in their home towns. Specifically in Chile it´s going to be a rally for Children’s Rights where activists will share information specifically about Palestinian children under military occupation on March 7.

A conference will be held in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay at a faculty part from the University where there will be a talk about the relation between the Hares Boys, the Palestinian children living under israeli military occupation overall, G4S and BDS.

On March 15 Costa Rica will held a demonstration in its capital city San José to bring awareness about the special situation of these teenagers who are facing a life in prison for the supposed crime that never happened.

Our Mexican editor will give a conference in Puebla de Zaragoza on March 16 talking about the Hares Boys and the multinational ‘security’ company G4S’ complicity in Israeli occupation crimes against the Palestinians.

As a united global solidarity activity for the Hares Boys, all the events will use the same ‘Free the Hares Boys’ leaflets and posters in three different languages.

The events began on March 7 in Santiago de Chile, where Unadikom Chile joined in a march for the rights of the child, highlighting the cases of Palestinian children denied their rights:

A full list of events can be found here as well:
https://haresboys.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/latest-news/

Palestinian Film Screening: “A Stone’s Throw From Prison”
Saturday, March 14
1:00 pm
P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, Euston, London NW1 1JD, UK
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/775948029139967/ 

The Middlesex University Global South Solidarity Campaign is organising the showing of a new documentary filmed in Palestine, “A Stone’s Throw from Prison,” in order to raise money for Palestinian charity: Interpal. The film will be followed up by a Q & A with the director/writer of the documentary Raquel Castells who is coming from Spain to speak at the event.

The film focuses on the arrest and imprisonment of Palestinian children and youth. Its description: “Growing up in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is not easy. When you leave home for school, your mother can’t be sure of when you’ll be back. Maybe that night, maybe a year later. A stroll with your friends may end up in a police interrogation station. On any night, a group of soldiers may wake you up in the middle of the night and take you, your brother, your father… to prison, after blinding and handcuffing you in front of your family. You do not need to do anything special, just be there, be a kid. Rami, Ahmed, Mohammed… Three among thousands. The film is their story, but also that of courageous Israelis and Palestinians working to cut abuses, stop conflict and heal its consequences.”

Since its inception in 1994, Interpal has, together with its local partners, supported thousands of Palestinians through projects aimed at alleviating poverty, providing health care, advancing education, and fostering community development. Interpal supports beneficiaries across the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan. The Global South Solidarity Society is a political society set up to fight against Globalisation, Imperialism, neo-Liberalism and to defend human rights.

Tickets are £5.00 (+ 95p for booking fee)
Get your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charity-event-film-showing-to-raise-money-for-palestine-tickets-16058783253

Watch the trailer:

A Stone’s Throw From Prison. Trailer Eng. from Raquel Castells on Vimeo.

Middlesex University Global South Solidarity Society:
https://www.facebook.com/mdxgsss
https://twitter.com/mdxgsss

Interpal:
http://interpal.org/
Registered Charity No. 1040094

Free event presented by Students Against Israeli Apartheid #IAWOttawa
When: Thurs, March 12 @6:30PM
Where: 100 St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1532797326984127/

Part of Israeli Apartheid Week Ottawa

This panel will provide gendered perspectives on imprisonment and resistance, with a focus on Palestinian women prisoners. Speakers include:

DR. NAHLA ABDO is an Arab Canadian feminist and political activist, Professor of Sociology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She has extensive publications on women, racism, nationalism and the State in the Middle East with special focus on Palestinian women. She has received several research awards. Among her recent publications: Counter Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle within the IsraeliPrison System (Pluto 2014) –which received the Times Higher Education Book of 2014; Women in Israel: Race, Gender, and Citizenship (2011); Gender, Citizenship and the State: The Israeli Case. (2010 -Arabic); Women and Poverty in the OPT: Some Conceptual and Methodological Notes, (2007) Violence in the Name of Honour: Theoretical and Political Challenges, -with Shahrzad Mojab, (2004) and Women and the Politics of Military Confrontation: Palestinian and Israeli Gendered Narratives of Dislocation – (with Ronit Lentin 2002).

MARIAM BARGHOUTI is a Palestinian student, writer, and activist hailing from occupied Ramallah. With a focus on colonialism, the Israeli prison system, and Palestinian women prisoners, she blogs atramallahbantustan.wordpress.com and tweets at @mariambarghouti. Her commentaries have been published at the New York Times, Middle East Monitor, Mondoweiss, Oximity, and elsewhere.

Part of the global day of action to Free the Hares Boys

Sunday, March 15
1:00 PM
Piccadilly Gardens
Manchester, UK
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/359415240933896/

The Palestinian prisoners organisation Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network has called for an international day of protest to release the Hares boys – 5 teenagers who were captured by Israeli forces near the Palestinian town of Hares on 15 March 2013.

Join us in a street protest in Manchester city centre, linking the struggle for the release of Palestinian prisoners with the growing movement to boycott Israeli apartheid. Britain bears continuing responsibility for the Israeli state’s colonisation of Palestine and says nothing of the 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners locked up by Israel. Many of these prisons are run with the collusion of G4S, a British multinational ‘security’ corporation. Manchester Labour council sees no problem with allowing G4S to run its security operations. We need to break these links.

Free the Hares Boys!
Boycott Israel!
Stop G4S!
Victory to the Palestinian people!

Manchester Boycott Israel Group – Victory to Palestine!

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! (FRFI) Manchester

Stop G4S

2 protests in London March 13, Part of the global days of action to Free the Hares Boys:

Protest to Free the Hares Boys at the House of Parliament

Date: Friday 13th Mar 2015, 7:30 am
Location: Near Houses of Parliament, Exact Location TBA
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1545993405649973/

Organized by London Palestine Action

Let’s gather together on Friday 13 March at 7.30am for the 8.00 am start near Houses of Parliament (exact location to be confirmed) to mark the 2nd anniversary of the Hares Boys incarceration and to demand their freedom.
No to Israeli occupation of Palestine and its war crimes! Boycott Israeli apartheid state!

FREE THE HARES BOYS – 2 YEARS ANNIVERSARY – 5 CHILDREN ABDUCTED, TORTURED & CAGED FOR NO CRIME

DATE: Friday 13th Mar 2015, 3-5pm
LOCATION: G4S HQ, 105 Victoria Street, London (near Victoria Station)
FACEBOOK EVENT:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1559978377612565/
Organized by www.inminds.com

Five Palestinian children have been tortured and caged by Israel for 2 years for a crime that didn’t even happen. Please join us on the second anniversary of their abduction as we demand justice for the Hares Boys, outside the headquarters of the British security contractor G4S  who secure Israel’s notorious Al-Jalame interrogation centre, where the children were savagely tortured, and Israel’s Megiddo prison where the children have been caged for two years.THE HARES BOYS

On 14th March 2013 a simple car accident, when a illegal Israeli settler car speeding along a road built illegally on stolen Palestinian land, crashed in to the back of an Israeli truck which had stopped to change a flat tire resulting in four people being hurt, was later at the behest of angry settlers presented as an attack by Palestinian stone throwing youth. The truck drivers earlier testimony that he stopped due to a flat tire was replaced with the new reason being that he had seen stones by the road, and an accident that happened after dark that nobody saw suddenly became a terror attack with 61 witnesses including the police!

Over the next few days over 50 masked Israeli soldiers with attack dogs stormed the local village of Hares in the early hours of the morning and in waves of violent arrests kidnapped the children of the village. In total 19 children were taken to the infamous G4S secured children’s dungeon at Al Jalame and locked up in solitary confinement for up to 2 weeks in filthy windowless 1m by 2m hole in the ground cells with no mattress. The Israeli prime minister Benyamin Natanyahu announced to the settlers that he had “caught the terrorists”. The children were violently tortured and sexual threats were made against the female members of their families in order to coerce confessions from the boys.

With the confessions and the new “eye-witness” statements, five of the Hares boys were charged with 25 counts of attempted murder each, even though there were only four people in the car. Apparently the military court had decided that 25 stones were thrown, each with an “intent to kill”. The five boys have been illegally transferred to Israel, in contravention of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, to Megiddo prison where G4S provides the entire central command room. Hewlett Packard provides technical services and central servers that keep Israels  dungeons and torture dens, including Megiddo, operational.

In violation of international law Israel has turned prisons in to money making enterprises with the boys essentially forced to pay for their own imprisonment. Israel deliberately fails to provide Palestinian prisoners the basic essentials – edible food, cloths (underwear, shoes..) and hygiene products (soap, toothbrush..). The boys are forced to buy these at the extortionately priced prison shop costing the families over € 125/month to provide for one child’s basic needs in prison.

With no evidence of a crime the military court keeps on postponing the hearing dates from one month to one year to two years, meanwhile the boys remain caged indefinitely and their families facing financial ruin in the process. A court hearing entails the families spending most of their day queuing and enduring the humiliation at the checkpoints where HP provides the biometric systems used to tag Palestinians, then waiting at the court in anticipation of catching a glimpse of their son.. often to be disappointed as hearing are cancelled without notice.

The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF report on Children in Israeli Military Detention concludes that Israel is the only country in the world where children are systematically tried in military courts that by definition fall short of providing  the necessary guarantees to ensure respect for their rights. The conviction rate in Israeli military courts is an unfathomable 99.74%.

If the five boys are convicted they will be locked up for over 25 years – five young lives ruined with no evidence of a crime let alone their guilt.

Unfortunately the case of the five Hares Boys is not an isolated incident, last year Israel abducted 1266 Palestinian children – that’s one child taken from their parents every 7 hours! During interrogation 75% of Palestinian children detained by Israel are physically tortured. 40% of the 600 children that were taken from Jerusalem alone, were sexually abused by Israeli soldiers during arrest or interrogation.

G4S provides the security systems, and Hewlett Packard the IT infrastructure, which keep these torture dens operational. Prisoners who have survived these hell holes recall seeing G4S logos on the cameras that witnessed their abuse. These companies are fully complicit in the crimes Israel commits against Palestinian children, and must be held to account.

PROTEST TO FREE LINA KHATTAB AND FREE KHALED SHEIKH #IsraeliApartheidWeek

On 27th February as part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2015, we protested outside the headquarters of British security company G4S, as we demand the immediate release of 15 years old Palestinian school boy Khaled al-Sheikh and 18 years old Palestinian journalist student Lina Khattab, both caged in G4S secured Israeli dungeons at Ofer and HaSharon.

Video – London Protest to Free 15yrs old Palestinian schoolboy Khaled Sheikh, 27 Feb 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqXW4wWJ4Ww&list=UUL-_3JtDktNRc8JU5CUIXDg

Video – London Protest to Free Palestinian journalism student Lina Khattab, 27 Feb 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq8klYI7ZzQ&list=UUL-_3JtDktNRc8JU5CUIXDg