January 28, 2010

Mohammad Khatib, another arrest of prominent Palestinian civil resistance leader

Mohammad Othman and Jamal Juma' our out of jail, but the struggle to defend the activists of civil resistance in Palestine from arbitrary arrest isn't over.  Mohamad Khatib from Bil'in is the latest one arrested.

At a quarter to two AM tonight, Mohammed Khatib, his wife Lamia and their four young children were woken up by Israeli soldiers storming their home, which was surrounded by a large military force. Once inside the house, the soldiers arrested Khatib, conducted a quick search and left the house. Roughly half an hour after leaving the house, five military jeeps surrounded the house again, and six soldiers forced their way into the house again, where Khatib's children sat in terror, and conducted another, very thorough search of the premises, without showing a search warrant. During the search, Khatib's phone and many documents were seized, including papers from Bil'in's legal procedures in the Israel High Court. Israeli Soldiers violently preventing an international solidarity worker from entering Khatib's home tonight.  Read more on the Popular Struggle Coordination Commitee Website.

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