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Video: Meet the Israeli activist suspected of ‘incitement to terror’ for protesting Israeli colonialism

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After about two months of detention, Israeli authorities released Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak on February 20. Pollak was arrested after right-wing group Ad Kan filed a suit against him for protesting in the West Bank and allegedly “attacking IDF soldiers”. During his detention, Pollak refused to pay a NIS 500 bail (around $145) set by a Jerusalem judge for, in Pollak’s words, refusing to “recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli system.”

Last week, Pollak attended his first questioning session after the Israeli Attorney General ordered a criminal probe against him for “incitement to terror and to violence” over a news article published online. In addition to the incitement case, Pollak is facing another ongoing trial and several criminal probes into a dozen demonstrations he had participated in.

Palestinian journalist Ahmad Al-Bazz interviewed Pollak following his release.

Ahmad Al-Bazz

Ahmad Al-Bazz, born in 1993, is a multi-award winning journalist, photographer and documentary filmmaker based in the West Bank city of Nablus. Ahmad holds an MA degree in Television Studies from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, and a BA degree in Media and Mass Communication from An-Najah National University in Palestine. Since 2012, Ahmad has been a member of the Activestills documentary photography collective that operates in Palestine/Israel region.

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  1. Misterioso on March 4, 2020, 4:06 pm

    Thankyou Mondoweiss for this truly uplifting article and enlightening video by Ahamad Al-Bazz, et al., regarding anti-Zionist Johathan Pollack, a truly righteous Jew and a courageous supporter of the long suffering indigenous Palestinians.

  2. genesto on March 5, 2020, 12:17 pm

    Jonathan has long been one of my heroes in the movement. Years ago I invited him to make a presentation in my house, which turned out to be one of the most powerful I’d ever heard on the issue.

    When people like Jonathan become the role models for the coming generations in Israeli society, we’ll know we’ve finally turned the corner and we will, finally, be able to see the light at the end of this very long tunnel.

  3. lonely rico on March 5, 2020, 8:01 pm

    Johnathan Pollack, a truly righteous Jew and a courageous supporter of the long suffering indigenous Palestinians.

    Watching this interview, I am moved to tears by Pollack, his courage and his righteousness (a word I hesitate to use elsewhere).

    Only when Jews (and Christians) everywhere renounce the aberration called Zionism will there be peace in Palestine and the Middle East.

  4. Greta on March 7, 2020, 10:54 am

    When the ISM had an apartment in Bil’in in the mid-2000s, Jonathan was always there marching. I remember him fonding, then probably in his early 20s, marching with us in 2005 when, every Friday, we walked to the loathsome wall they were building. He co-founded the organization Anarchists Against the Wall, which protests the Israeli West Bank barrier.

    I’m not sure that is still around as a viable group but it was fantastic when I lived in Bil’in during the summer and fall of 2005

  5. annie on March 7, 2020, 11:10 am

    what an amazing man, an amazing interview. a leader among men and he leads by following.

    thanks and much gratitude to Ahmad Al-Bazz.

  6. Mooser on March 7, 2020, 12:33 pm

    “incitement to terrorism”? Sounds a lot like ‘article 58’, donnit?

  7. eljay on March 7, 2020, 1:44 pm

    || Mooser: “incitement to terrorism”? Sounds a lot like ‘article 58’, donnit? ||

    Sounds like (some) Israeli lawmakers are feeling a little homesick for their ancestral Russian homeland.

  8. lonely rico on March 13, 2020, 1:46 pm

    Meet the Palestinian artist jailed by Israel for the ‘crime’ of inspiring his people

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200229-the-palestinian-artist-jailed-by-israel-for-the-crime-of-inspiring-his-people/

    Hafez Omar is guilty of no crime. He has been jailed for almost a year by the Israeli dictatorship very simply because the occupation state considers the very existence of the indigenous Palestinian people to be a crime against their racist settler-colonial project fueled by that pernicious ideology Zionism…
    It is a sham to claim that Israel is a democracy, for its policies and practices prove otherwise. The state is a racist military dictatorship which denies the indigenous people of Palestine their most basic human rights.

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