Issa Amro has been resisting Israel’s efforts to take over the Palestinian city of Hebron since 2003. A verdict is imminent in the sham trial against him, and he needs our support.
For years, If Americans Knew has been reporting on Israeli injustices toward Palestinians. We’ve published thousands of stories of Palestinian courage in the face of Israeli brutality.
Today, we want you to know about an injustice that is about to happen: one of Palestine’s national treasures, human rights activist Issa Amro – who patterns his work after Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. – is about to stand before an Israeli military court to hear a verdict in Israel’s case against him. His trial has been going, off and on, since August 2016, with sixteen fabricated charges against him for his community organizing and civil disobedience, stretching back as far as 2010.
Amnesty international has called the charges against Issa “baseless,” “politically motivated,” and “physically impossible,” and UN experts have expressed deep concern for Issa’s life and wellbeing.
Amro’s lawyer, a Jewish Israeli named Gaby Laski, characterized the charges as “political persecution.”
His struggle, like that of other Palestinians in Hebron – and hundreds of thousands of other Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – is against the illegal Israeli settlers who are taking over Palestinian land on a daily basis, with help from the Israeli military.
He is set to appear in court on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 at 10:00 am Palestine time (3 am Eastern time) to hear the judge’s decision.
Amro (whose first name, Issa, is Arabic for “Jesus”) believes that Israel would be delighted to lock him up: “They want to get rid of me, get rid of the idea of popular resistance, nonviolent resistance…They want to stop any human rights defenders from increasing awareness [around the world] of human rights violations.”
Israel’s military court is well-known for its discrimination against Palestinian prisoners – it has a 99.74% conviction rate, and routinely uses torture to extract confessions (including from children). (Read one witness’ description of Israeli military court proceedings here .)
LIttle optimism surrounds the event, as the judge himself is an illegal settler and has connections to the settler community in Hebron.
We must call attention to Issa Amro’s plight, as he is being persecuted for the simple act of demanding justice for his people. His voice must be heard – the voices of all Palestinians must be heard, and their oppression must end.
A good place to start is to call on Israeli authorities to drop the charges against this man of peace.
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