Letter from an Israeli Military Detention Camp

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This letter from Bil’in’s Abdallah Abu Rahmah was shared from his prison cell with his lawyers:

January 1, 2010

To all our friends,

I mark the beginning of the new decade imprisoned in a military detention camp. Nevertheless, from within the occupation′s holding cell I meet the New Year with determination and hope.

I know that Israel’s military campaign to imprison the leadership of the Palestinian popular struggle shows that our non-violent struggle is effective. The occupation is threatened by our growing movement and is therefore trying to shut us down. What Israel′s leaders do not understand is that popular struggle cannot be stopped by our imprisonment.

Whether we are confined in the open-air prison that Gaza has been transformed into, in military prisons in the West Bank, or in our own villages surrounded by the Apartheid Wall, arrests and persecution do not weaken us. They only strengthen our commitment to turning 2010 into a year of liberation through unarmed grassroots resistance to the Occupation.

The price I and many others pay in freedom does not deter us. I wish that my two young daughters and baby son would not have to pay this price together with me. But for my son and daughters, for their future, we must continue our struggle for freedom.

This year, the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee will expand on the achievements of 2009, a year in which you amplified our popular demonstrations in Palestine with international boycott campaigns and international legal actions under universal jurisdiction.

In my village, Bil’in, Israeli tycoon, Lev Leviev and Africa-Israel, the corporation he controls, are implicated in illegal construction of settlements on our stolen land, as well as the lands of many other Palestinian villages and cities. Adalah-NY is leading an international campaign to show Leviev that war crimes have their price.

Our village has sued two Canadian companies for their role in the construction and marketing of new settlement units on village land cut off by Israel’s Apartheid Wall. The legal proceedings in this precedent-setting case began in the Canadian courts last summer and are ongoing.

Bil’in has become the graveyard of Israeli real estate empires. One after another, these companies are approaching bankruptcy as the costs of building on stolen Palestinian land are driven higher than the profits.

Unlike Israel, we have no nuclear weapons or army, but we do not need them. The justness of our cause earns us your support. No army, no prison and no wall can stop us.


Abdallah Abu Rahmah
From the Ofer Military Detention Camp

You can send Abdallah Abu Rahmah a letter of support here.

10 Responses

  1. aparisian
    January 6, 2010, 6:16 pm

    Chapeau bas Mister AbuRahmah! Idol for my children! Applauds!!

  2. Citizen
    January 6, 2010, 6:35 pm

    Thank you Abdallah Abu Rahmah , for your exceptionally tested hope. I am an average American; I just want you know that I am in your corner. I do what I can to help you, and those in your situation. It is very difficult in the USA t0 help you. In the USA politics follows money, and additionally , our mainstream media is also the same whore. We cannot even help ourselves, let alone your people. But change is coming–despite eight eight years of Bush Jr and now Obama. Many of us average American citizens are looking for a third way.

  3. James Bradley
    January 6, 2010, 6:42 pm

    Unlike Israel, we have no nuclear weapons or army, but we do not need them. The justness of our cause earns us your support. No army, no prison and no wall can stop us.


  4. potsherd
    January 6, 2010, 7:10 pm

    I will contact Amnesty on his behalf.

    • potsherd
      January 8, 2010, 10:31 pm

      Amnesty comes through at last!

      Amnesty urges Israel to release or try Palestinians

      (AFP) – 13 hours ago

      JERUSALEM — Human rights group Amnesty International urged Israel on Friday to release or fairly try three Palestinian jailed for protesting against the West Bank separation barrier.

      The three, two of whom are held without charges, may be “prisoners of conscience, held for legitimately voicing their opposition to the fence/wall,” Amnesty said in a letter to Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

      “These men have all been involved in campaigning against the building of this construction, much of it on the land of the occupied West Bank, and we fear that this is the real reason for their imprisonment,” said Malcolm Smart, the director of Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

  5. David
    January 6, 2010, 8:18 pm

    What an amazing message…

    You can take action to free Abdallah and other Palestinian nonviolence leaders by clicking here: link to salsa.democracyinaction.org

  6. Aref
    January 6, 2010, 9:30 pm

    Thank you Abdallah a true hero of our struggle for freedom: an inspiration to all of us. Yes, non-violence is a threat for the occupier and the oppressor. It is threat more to reckon with sometimes than weapons.

  7. VR
    January 6, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Do you know what, for the most part this site represents? It represents a genuine care and actually love for people which we may not know. If it is the one impetus that will move us to do something it has to be love. Doing something for someone, for people, who cannot do anything for us in return. This is what you should see as the foundation for wanting to help see the Palestinians free from all of the oppression and degradation. That in itself is a revolutionary idea, to love a person or a people in what is rapidly becoming, it seems, a loveless world.

    You may not think that you have much to give, but you are wrong. The odds might seem overwhelmingly powerful and destructive, but their impetus is powerless against the people that band together in a spirit of love, it is stronger than any force these destructive individuals can devise.

    It came to me in a very simple way, I was listening to Noam Chomsky as he spoke about love – yes, Noam Chomsky did. How empty his life was since the passing of his wife, but than he turned it around with an example of what some individuals did for him, even though they suffer greatly by foreign and state oppression and are bent over by poverty. Listen to it for yourself –


    • Aref
      January 7, 2010, 6:59 am

      Not just Noam Chomsky. Che Guevara did too “Let me say, with the risk of appearing ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by strong feelings of love. It is impossible to think of an authentic revolutionary without this quality…”

      • VR
        January 7, 2010, 8:17 am

        Yes Aref, he did say that (Che), and he most certainly meant it by how he lived – what he did.

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