Friday, August 06, 2010

For Palestinian Rights, For Peace And Freedom: Free Mohamed Abu Muailek.

"They will say that I am a collaborator, and I don’t care much because I know that I am on the right side and that I’m telling the truth for the people to know. That they must not be afraid to tell the truth because these are the basics of a real Muslim – to tell the truth and be a peaceful man whether it kills him or gives him new life."

Mohamed Abu Muailek is a Palestinian, a former militant who once fired rockets from Gaza into Israel. It was only partly because of an internet friendship with one of the "enemy" that Mohamed changed his mind. He'd decided that violence was wrong and he became a dissident, arguing that Palestinians should seek co-existence with Israel.

Hounded by Hamas, he is now in jail facing a likely death penalty.

Internationally renowned film-maker and journalist Paul Martin who had been filming with Mohamed, went to Gaza to give evidence, but was himself arrested, accused of spying and threatened with execution. He was set free in March this year, but Mohamed remains under threat of death.

Mohamed is not a spy. He is a dissident. Publicity and international pressure may provide his only chance for survival. Facebook group here.

Khaled Abu Toameh asks: When was the last time the United Nations Security Council met to condemn an Arab government for its mistreatment of Palestinians?


Blogger dmurrell said...

I appeciate you posting Mr. Toameh's imprisonment. You ask why doesn't the UN publicize his predicament? I ask: where is Canada's mainstream "human rights" movement, concerning Toameh? I went on Amnesty International Canada's web site and Googled Mr. Toameh's name on their internal site -- and there is no mention of him:

Since Tomenh is not a radical Islamist, and who is not an anti-Semite -- AIC's Alex Neve shows no interest in defending him.

I then went on the Human Rights Watch Canada's site, and again, there is no mention of him:

Since Hamas is a facistic, terrorist organization -- those atributes are sufficient for AIC and HRWC to give them a free ride.

Canada's "mainstream" media? Not much there. Once the British newspaper reporter was freed, all interest is gone.
-- David Murrell

11:52 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

You're confusing Muailek with Toameh. You'd probably find the same result, mind you.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge not of men and things at first sight................................................

5:17 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

To the "Bartleby" whose previous post I deleted for its pathetic yesbuttery and this foul implication: "Your focus here seems to mirror the whole frankly racist perspective dominant in. . ."

Fuck off. You should take care to mind your tone.

Not in the mood today.

3:03 PM  
Blogger bartleby said...

Okay I apologize for the insinuation. I was talking more about Gilad Shalit, a soldier, specifically in relation to the 10 000 Palestinian prisoners in Israelis jails. The issue frustrates me to no ends, probably more so since when I was in Palestine, I met with old men who wailed in pain from the hurt of fearing that they would not again see their grandchildren, locked up. I don't think its an issue of "yesbutterry" nor is it that Israelis are uniquely cruel. Military occupation entails all sorts of nasty stuff and jailing dissidents, under the arcane laws of administrative detention, is a feature of Palestinian life, often disregarded, especially when the Palestinian narrative under subjugation is often unheard.

Again I apologize for the tome. Thanks for publicizing this case. I look forward to you doing the same for Palestinian prisoners, too. Cheers

3:46 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

"I look forward to you doing the same for Palestinian prisoners, too."

Would 5,000 posts instead of 10,000 satisfy you?


But nevermind. I agree with pretty much all you've just written anyway. I'm just in a bit of a mood today:

4:10 PM  
Blogger bartleby said...

Fair enough. It sounds as if we were both in a mood. A friend of mine sent this to me yesterday. My own son is the age of the child in the video. Its a shame.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...


I tend to react to these kinds of things the same way. I see a kid in pain, he always looks like one of my kids.

For whatever it's worth, there is an update at the post you linked to that you might hve missed:

"UPDATE: Spokesperson for the border police told Haaretz [Hebrew] that Jaber and another man were arrested for attacking and disturbing the work of the policemen and soldiers that were dealing with the water theft. The spokesperson added that 'the [behavior of] the 5 years old son was planned and staged by the Palestinians. Instead of acting responsibly and taking the kid out of the scene, they chose to engage in cheap anti-Israeli propaganda.'"

Who knows. Fog of war and all that.

2:45 PM  
Blogger bartleby said...

All states lie more so when they're engaged in heinous practices, so I intuitively tend not to put much stock in the "spokesperson" for the border police who were forcefully arresting the man in the first place and really have no right to be controlling the lives of the people they "police" anyway. I do wonder what Orwell would think about the tragically worded charge of "water theft"- my goodness if only I could think of a smart analogy to highlight the absurdity. The real, organized, systematic theft, in this case, occurs when water and resources are taken from occupied land, under the feet of Palestinian farmers, to the massive illegal settlements and army. As I said, it's a shame.

3:09 PM  

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