Adeeb Abu Rahmah
After eighteen months in Israeli military prison, one of Bil'in's popular committee leaders has returned to his village. Massive celebrations greeted his arrival despite cold December weather.
In yet another nighttime raid on the village of Bil'in, soldiers stormed Adeeb Abu Rahmah's house and arrested his sixteen year old son
Adeeb Abu Rahmah, a protest leader from Bil'in, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by the Military Court of Appeals, for his involvement in organizing demonstrations. The decision dramatically aggravates the one-year sentence originally imposed in the first instance.
This week's demonstration in the village of Bil'in was dedicated to protest the lengthy imprisonment of Abdallah and Adeeb Abu Rahmah, both political prisoners, imprisoned for their role in organizing protest, and demand their immediate and unconditioned release.
Abdallah Abu Rahmah's first trial from 2005 had reached conclusion yesterday, with his sentencing to two months of imprisonment and a six months suspended sentence for participating and organizing demonstrations and for walking the streets of his village during a curfew designed to prevent a demonstration. A verdict in Abu Rahmah's main case for which he is already in jail since December is expected soon.
Adeeb Abu Rahmah, a protest leader from Bil'in, was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment, for his involvement in organizing demonstrations. Despite already having served the sentence in full, he is to remain in prison until a decision will be given in the prosecution's appeal.
On the 7th of July 2010, five Palestinians from villages throughout the West Bank stood trial for the involvement in unarmed struggle against Israel's continued military occupation. Those on trial had been snatched from their beds in the middle of the night, accused of stone throwing or participation in an illegal protest and interrogated in unnamed Israeli military bases . They are the latest to be caught in Israel's recent wave of repression directed at the popular unarmed resistance in the West Bank.
Adeeb Abu Rahmah was arrested on 10 July 2009, and is still held in custody for taking part in organizing the village's demonstrations. Demonstrators will wear masks of his face and call for his release.