Saturday, January 28, 2017, marked the tragic one-year anniversary of the day an Israeli military court sentenced 5 youths from the West Bank village of Hares — Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Amer Souf, Tamer Souf, and Ali Shamlawi, known internationally as the Hares Boys — to a grueling 15 years in prison for manslaughter for a crime that did not even take place despite a total lack of evidence.
The Free The Hares Boys campaign team has published a free 39 page e-book, The Hares Boys, From Palestine to Israeli Prison, to mark the occasion. The book includes a timeline, a myriad of family photos, many of them precious, as well as posters, artwork and cartoons produced over the 3 years the youths were imprisoned and tortured leading up to their sentencing. The book chronicles not only the Hares Boys history, but a documented history Israel’s imprisonment of Palestinian children.
From the Free The Hares Boys campaign team letter accompanying the announcement:
After being forced to sign ‘confessions’ and pushed to accept a plea deal under the atmosphere of threat to be locked up for longer if they didn’t, the five youth were condemned to be released at 30-31 years of age, having spent almost half their lives in a colonial prison.
One year ago today, the Zionist Israeli military court had already received the NIS 30,000 ($7,500) from each boy’s family – a total of NIS 150,000 ($37,500) – as a ‘fine’ and ‘compensation’ to the illegal settler-colonist family whose member had a car accident a couple of days before the boys were kidnapped and imprisoned by the Zionist army.
To mark this tragic anniversary, the international Free the Hares Boys Campaign is releasing an e-book titled Hares Boys: From Palestine to Israeli Prison. The e-book, which contains case summary and analysis of Zionist military court and prison system, an overview of the three-year-long campaign for the boys’ release, and comments on connecting struggles around the globe against imperialism and political imprisonment, is aimed at the world’s people of conscience.
Students, activists, politicians, human rights workers, youth and above in age, mothers, fathers, and would-be parents: stand on the right side of History. Support freedom wherever it is being trampled on. Support justice wherever it is being violated and denied.
For Palestine, for humanity, for the future of the world.
Freedom to Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Amer Souf, Tamer Souf, and Ali Shamlawi!
We invite you to read and share the e-book free of charge, which you can print and use in your school, university, community activities.
We intend to have it translated to other languages soon (Spanish, Arabic). If you would like to help with volunteer translations, please contact us: haresboys [at] gmail.com
Thoughts, comments, suggestions most welcome. Thank you all for sharing.
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Download the free e-book here.