Archive for July 8th, 2017

The kangaroo Court

July 8, 2017

Tomorrow I begin trial on 18 charges in Israel military court. It is a kangaroo court system where there is no justice at all. The charges against me are an effort to shut down my human rights work and stop me from speaking up for my people.

But no matter what I will not be silent. Recently, Israel moved from segregated streets in Hebron to enclosing entire Palestinian neighborhoods. The gate is locked at 11pm each night and families are imprisoned inside. So, even as I prepare for the surety of my conviction, I am working to end this new injustice.

Tomorrow the first two of the 38 witnesses against me will testify. All of the witnesses are settlers and soldiers. The judge and prosecutor are military officers. The conviction rate is 99.74%!

Court

In an encouraging show of support 32 members of US congress released a letter last week to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking him to tell Israel to reconsider the charges against me. Yesterday, UN human rights experts followed suit and also called on Israel to reconsider the charges.

As I enter Ofer military court tomorrow, I know all of you will be there with me in spirit. I appreciate your support. If you are able, please make a donation to support the continuation of my work.

In solidarity,

Issa Amro