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PALESTINE’S CHILDREN IN ZIONIST PRISONS

One year ago today, the Zionist Israeli military court announced that five youth from the village of Hares, in occupied Palestine, would be spending 15 years in prison.

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. It is in .pdf format 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.

DOWNLOAD THE E-BOOK HERE.



Innocent Palestinian Teens Paying the Price for a Settler Car Accident

PRESS RELEASE
18 February 2015

The car accident that took place in March 2013 on Road 5 in occupied Palestine has claimed 6 victims.

Five of them are the Hares Boys, Palestinian teenagers Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Tamer Souf, and Ammar Souf, who have been incarcerated in an Israeli occupation prison for almost two years despite a lack of evidence of their alleged guilt. After physical and psychological abuse that amounts to torture the then-minors were forced to sign “confessions” of  stone-throwing in Hebrew, a language they do not read or write. They were 16 years old at the time.

The sixth is the daughter of Adva Biton, an Israeli settler whose Renault crashed into a truck on the way from Ariel to Yakir, illegal Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank. Biton claims that her car swerved off the road due to “stones” and “large building blocks” being “hurled by Arab terrorists” but there is no evidence to support this version.

On Tuesday 17 February 2015 Israeli media reported that 4-year-old Adele Biton, the settler car driver’s daughter, died in Schneider children’s hospital in Petah Tikva where she was admitted a few days previously following respiratory problems caused by a lung infection, possibly pneumonia. Adele Biton was buried today in the illegal Israeli colony of Yakir. She had been brain-damaged since the car accident and doctors didn’t offer much hope for her recovery.

The five Hares Boys remain in prison for a crime they did not commit. They are, two years on, routinely attending “hearings” at Israeli military courts that convict Palestinians at a 99.74% rate. The boys deny throwing stones that day or any other day, yet as per the prosecutor’s request they are facing long years in prison and the verdict may be handed any day now. Their families have not been allowed to hug their sons for two years. The boys’ future is uncertain so long as Israeli military courts defy justice.

Moreover, there are worrying signs that the Hares Boys are victims of a much larger political game aimed at fortifying right-wing positions before the upcoming Israeli elections (scheduled for 17 March 2015, exactly two years since the Biton car accident) and convincing the Israeli public of “tough actions” against “terrorism”:

— Scaremongering empty accusations of a “terror attack” by “Arab terrorists” that have swept Israeli media and politicians, including the prime minister himself, even before any investigation into the accident took place (the result of which was a media lynch mob and possibly contempt of court);

— The current wave of Zionist media reports that try to put the blame on innocent children just because they are Palestinian and somebody has to pay;

— Adva Biton’s appeal to Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu to allow the burial of the deceased to take place in the illegal colony of Yakir, where Adele lived and where initially permission to bury her was denied;

— The fact that high-level Israeli politicians, such as Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein and Economy minister and chairman of the right-wing Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett attended the funeral and made public comments regarding “terrorism” while the court (albeit military) “hearings” are still ongoing.

On behalf of the campaign for freedom and justice for the Hares Boys, we reiterate once again: the boys are innocent and they should be returned to their families without any further delay.

We are calling on activists and people of conscience the world over to organize solidarity with the Hares Boys actions for 15 March, the 2-year-anniversary of their kidnap and imprisonment.

The car accident in March 2013 already claimed one life. Five other innocent children should not be made pay for a crime they did not commit and that, in fact, never even took place.

FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.
DEMAND FREEDOM FOR THE HARES BOYS!



Cinco adolescentes palestinos inocentes pagan el precio por un accidente en un coche de colonos

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
18 de febrero de 2015

El accidente de tráfico que tuvo lugar en marzo de 2013 en la Ruta 5 de Palestina ocupada se ha cobrado 6 víctimas.

Cinco de ellos son los Chicos de Hares: los adolescentes Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Tamer Souf y Ammar Souf, que han estado encarcelados en una prisión de la ocupación israelí desde hace casi dos años, a pesar de la ausencia de pruebas de su presunta culpabilidad. Después de ser sometidos a torturas físicas y psicológicas cuando tenían sólo 16 años de edad, fueron obligados a “confesar” que habían lanzado piedras y a firmar dichas confesiones escritas en hebreo, un idioma que no leen ni escriben.

La sexta víctima es la hija de Adva Biton, una colona israelí cuyo Renault se estrelló contra un camión en el camino de Ariel a Yakir, ambas colonias israelíes ilegales en Cisjordania ocupada. Biton afirma que su coche se salió de la carretera debido a las “piedras” y “grandes bloques de construcción” lanzadas por “terroristas árabes”, pero no hay evidencia alguna que apoye esta versión.

El martes 17 de febrero de 2015, los medios de comunicación israelíes informaron que la niña Adele Biton (4), hija de la conductora del coche, murió en el hospital Infantil Schneider en Petah Tikva, adonde había ingresado unos días antes por problemas respiratorios causados por una infección pulmonar, posiblemente neumonía. Adele Biton fue enterrada el día 18 en la colonia israelí ilegal de Yakir. La niña había sufrido daño cerebral en el accidente de coche y los médicos no daban mucha esperanza sobre su recuperación.

Los cinco Chicos de Hares permanecen en prisión por un crimen que no cometieron. Desde hace dos años asisten regularmente a “audiencias” en uno de los tribunales militares israelíes cuya tasa de condena a los palestinos es de 99,74%. Los adolescentes niegan haber tirado piedras ese día o cualquier otro. No obstante, según la petición del fiscal se enfrentan a largos años de cárcel, y el veredicto puede darse en cualquier momento. Sus madres y padres no han podido abrazar a sus hijos desde hace dos años, y el futuro de los chicos está seriamente comprometido, porque los tribunales militares israelíes no están hechos para hacer justicia.

Por otra parte, hay signos preocupantes de que los Chicos de Hares son víctimas de un juego político mucho más amplio, destinado a fortalecer las posiciones de derecha antes de las próximas elecciones israelíes (programadas para el 17 de marzo de 2015, exactamente dos años desde el accidente de coche) y a convencer al público israelí de la necesidad de llevar a cabo “acciones duras” contra el “terrorismo”:

— Las acusaciones alarmistas y sin fundamento repetidas por los medios de comunicación y los políticos israelíes -entre ellos el propio Primer Ministro- de que se trató de un “ataque terrorista” realizado por “terroristas árabes”, aun antes de que se iniciara cualquier investigación sobre el accidente (y cuyo resultado fue un linchamiento mediático que implica incluso un total desprecio por el papel del tribunal);

— La actual ola de acusaciones en los medios sionistas, mostrando a los chicos como culpables de la muerte de la niña, sólo porque son palestinos y alguien tiene que pagar;

— El pedido de Adva Biton al Primer Ministro israelí, Benyamin Netanyahu, para que permitiera el entierro de su hija en la colonia ilegal de Yakir, donde vivía Adele -y donde inicialmente se le había negado el permiso para enterrarla por razones formales;

— El hecho de que políticos israelíes de alto nivel, como el portavoz del Knesset Yuli Edelstein y el Ministro de Economía y presidente del partido ultraderechista Hogar Judío, Naftali Bennett, asistieran al funeral e hicieran comentarios públicos sobre este acto “terrorista”, cuando el juicio (aun en un tribunal militar) todavía está en curso.

En nombre de la campaña por libertad y justicia para los Chicos de Hares, reiteramos una vez más: los 5 adolescentes son inocentes y deben ser devueltos a sus familias sin más demora.

>Hacemos un llamado a las activistas y personas de conciencia de todo el mundo a  organizarse en acciones de solidaridad con los Chicos de Hares el 15 de marzo, cuando se cumple el 2° aniversario de su secuestro y encarcelamiento.

El accidente de coche de marzo de 2013 ya se ha cobrado una vida. Otros cinco chicos inocentes no deben pagar por un crimen que no cometieron y que, de hecho, ni siquiera fue tal.

LUCHEMOS POR LA JUSTICIA.
EXIJAMOS LA LIBERTAD DE LOS CHICOS DE HARES!

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