Demand justice for the Hares Boys and all Palestinian children in Israeli military prisons!
MESSAGES OF SUPPORT: In a few days, the Hares Boys will have been in prison for 10 months. It is important for them to know that they are not forgotten, that there are people out there fighting for their freedom. The boys’ families are due to visit them within the next couple of weeks. If you can take a little bit of your time to send a message of support, please send them in and we will forward them. Thank you. You can contact us here: haresboys [at] gmail.com // via facebook // twitter @haresboys — Jan 2014
Organise a protest, a presentation, street theatre action, de-shelving, a fundraiser – or whatever else you can think of. Some inspiration here: Organise an Action.
Letter writing campaign:
International human rights lawyers advise that the presence of outside observers, particularly diplomats, at court hearings can improve the situation. You can help by writing to your embassy to ask for a representative to attend the boys’ hearings.
Here is pre-form letter that can be used to email and / or telephone the embassy (also here as a PDF EN):
To [Ambassador’s Name]
I am writing to request your presence at the upcoming court hearing of [insert boy’s name] at Salem Military Court at 9am.
In March 2013, five teenage boys from Hares village (Salfit district, occupied Palestine) were arrested and charged with 25 counts of attempted murder for allegedly throwing stones at an illegal Israeli settler’s car. They received these charges despite an overwhelming lack of evidence.
Since March 15, the boys have been imprisoned, first in Al-Jalame interrogation center and later in Megiddo prison, both inside the 1948 territories of Israel (as you know well, transferring detained / arrested / imprisoned people from occupied territories to the territory of the occupier violates international law, specifically the Fourth Geneva Convention).
Each boy reported being tortured, including being held in solitary confinement for as long as two weeks and being beaten by soldiers and other prison personnel. The boys have only been granted very limited visits with both their families and their lawyers. Each of their court hearings has been closed to outside observers.
I ask you to attend the court hearing, as your presence as an international observer will ensure that these boys receive as fair a trial as is possible in a military court system. I hope that you will attend and I look forward to hearing your response.
If you need more information about the court hearing, please contact email@example.com. Alternatively please have a look at the detailed account of the Hares Boys case online: https://haresboys.wordpress.com/
Thank you very much in advance.
BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions)
Global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights
First and foremost, boycott G4S, the British-Danish ‘security’ conglomerate which is complicit in Israel’s crimes against humanity, against Palestinian people. G4S is also complicit in torture of children – and seems not to be too concerned about it.
G4S equips Israeli prisons with their ‘security’ needs and systems. It’s in these G4S-equipped prisons (al-Jalame and Megiddo) that the Hares Boys have been tortured and are still being held. G4S also profiteers from Israel’s Apartheid Wall, apartheid checkpoints, and occupation military and police.
For more info and what you can do to oppose G4S and its crimes against Palestinian people, and Palestinian children in particular, check out StopG4S.
If you have any other great ideas for action, please do not hesitate to share them with others in the comments section below. Thank you. And also, please let us know how your actions went – share your words, pictures, videos, emotions, and achievements with others!