Adeeb Abu Rahma, a leader of nonviolent protest, is freed after 17 months in prison

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adeeb1What a beautiful smile! A Gandhi of nonviolent protest, Adeeb Abu Rahma, has been released by the Israelis after two years in detention. You can see Joseph Dana’s picture of Abu Rahma holding his daughter as he leaves prison here. And Hamdi Abu Rahma, who took the picture at left, reports:

Bil’in – Ramallah: Released by the Israeli Occupation Forces today from Ofer Prison is central activist Adeeb Abo Rahma (age 40) who is from the village of Bil’in, after being incarcerated for 18 months, and was suspending from participating in any political activity for a period of four years. Should Abo Rahma be caught within this period, he will be fined 6,000 NIS on charges of incitement and obstructing the work of the army as well as conducting peaceful demonstrations against the Wall in Bil’in.

The military court in Ofer finally sentenced the activist Adeeb Abo Rahma on August 30, 2010, but the ruling prosecutors hinted that he might be relieved of his political suspension between six and twelve months. The activist Adeeb Abo Rahma was arrested on July 10, 2009 during his participation in Bilin weekly demonstration.

Abu Rahma is a hero of our site, for his astonishing encounter in 2008 with Israeli soldiers over the occupation of his village’s lands.

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