This is a quick note that Israeli soldiers arrested Mazin along with two other Palestinians early this afternoon local time May 15, 2011 as he was participating in a peaceful nonviolent civil disobedience march toward the Green Line in Al Walaja (one of the many Nakba events taken place today.) Many media were there and his arrest was caught on tapes as he was just at the scene peacefully. He is currently being held at the Israeli military compound near Rachel’s Tomb. As this message is being written, I got a call from a friend who was still in Al-Walaja reporting that IDF is firing tear gas at the remaining protest crowd. Some protesters escaped to village houses, but IDF soldiers followed them into one house and arrested five more people (one Irish, one other international, and three Palestinians) inside the house.
Elsewhere in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and Golan Heights, there were reports that dozens were wounded in many places, including more than 150 wounded at Qalandia checkpoint. Please complain to your government and demand them to stop supporting the brutal Israeli Apartheid regime. Please support and participate the Nakba events around the world today and double the effort of BDS on Apartheid Israel.
Jess (From Justice Wheels)
As of now at local time Monday morning 2 a.m. May 16, 2011, Mazin is still being detained. His cell phone battery died as he called and wanted me to write down the names and countries of the seven internationals that were detained with him so that I can get help calling their respective country's embassy (Ireland, USA, Canada, Germany, Netherland.) Later he borrowed someone else's phone to call and let me know that all the internationals would be released shortly, but not him and other Palestinians. For them, he said, maybe days. He wanted me to follow up with the lawyer. He sounded in good spirit and did not seem to be mistreated. I will keep you updated. Your calls to the U.S. State Department, Senators, Congresspersons, and foreign governments if you are non-US nationals should also help.
Here is a video that he took up to the moment when he was arrested. He managed to pass on the video to a friend before being taken away. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfizCh0TaZE
Many of you wrote in response to the earlier e-mail breaking the news of Mazin's arrest. Our family greatly appreciate that. Please understand that they may not be replied individually due to the overwhelming responses. I will send updates as they become available.
Hope I have good news to share with you tomorrow.
Sorry about sending two messages in one day. I just wanted to send out this good news as soon as I got it. Lawyers just informed us that Mazin and two other Palestinians will be released on bail tomorrow. Their cases will be reviewed later, and if there is no evidence to bring charges then the case will close and bail money returned. We can all breathe a sigh of relief now. Your support and prayers meant so much to our family and made us strong. We thank each and every one of you. Next message hopefully will be coming from Mazin himself. In the meantime, our work continues until the rest of them are free.
Source: Received via e-mail at Axis of Logic today.
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