Free Mohammad Othman Now!

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Free Mohammad Othman Now!

On September 22, Mohammad Othman was arrested by soldiers on the Allenby Bridge Crossing, the border from Jordan to Palestine. He is now being held in Huwara prison as a prisoner of conscience, arrested solely for his human rights work.

Mohammad, 33 years old, has dedicated the last ten years of his life to the defense of Palestinian human rights. He has campaigned with the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign against the dispossession of Palestinian farmers and against the involvement of Israeli and international business in the violations of Palestinian human rights.

His village, Jayyous, has been devastated by the Apartheid Wall and Zufim – a settlement, built by Lev Leviev’s companies. These companies are facing a successful boycott campaign because of their violations of Palestinian rights.

Mohammad was returning from one of his trips to Norway, during which he met with senior officials, including Norwegian Finance Minister Kristen Halvorsen. Norway’s national Pension Fund recently announced that it had divested from Elbit, the Israeli company which provides both Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and other military technology for Occupation forces, as well as security systems for the Wall and settlements.

This is not the first time Palestinian human rights defenders have been arrested after trips abroad. Recently, Muhammad Srour, an eye witness at the UN Fact Finding Mission on Gaza, was arrested on his way back from Geneva. This arrest was a clear act of reprisal against Srour for speaking out about Israel’s violations of international law. Arresting Palestinians as they return from travel is yet another Israeli tactic to try to silence Palestinian human rights defenders. It complements the overall policy of isolation of the Palestinian people behind checkpoints, walls and razor wire.

We call on international solidarity and human rights organizations to act immediately to bring attention to this case and advocate for the release of Mohammad Othman

Please go to the Take Action page to find out what you can do.

You can also leave a message for Mohammad.

For more information contact: freemohammad@stopthewall.org

Mohammad Othman represents only one of the 11,000 Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons. More than 800 are being held in “administrative detention,” meaning that they are imprisoned (indefinitely) without charge. International solidarity and governments have to hold Israel accountable and achieve an end to the large scale repression and mass imprisonment of Palestinians as part of their efforts to bring about an end to the occupation and the restoration of Palestinian rights.

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13 Responses to Free Mohammad Othman Now!

  1. FreeMohammadOthman says:

    There will be a day when we have to stand before our lord and answer for our actions, so lets not be among does who stayed silent when our brothers and sisters in humanity were being slaughtered

    stand up and demand the freedom of Mohammad and Ezra and others like them

  2. Najma Fichthorn says:

    Since Mohammed Othman testified before a UN council, the UN should be asked to grant protection, after such testimonies.

  3. Fraser Ritchie says:

    I met Mohammed Othman in Jayyous in March and April 2009. He is a tireless campaigner for human rights and supporter of non-violent resistance to the occupation. He deserves our support and I am sure he has done nothing to justify imprisonment by the Israeli authorities and should be released as soon as possible.

  4. Lars K says:

    It is plain for all to see that Israel’s objective is to rid Gaza of its present inhabitants in order to annex it and claim it as Israeli territory – while the world is passively watching the maiming and killing of innocent people. Bob Dylan’s lyrics “how many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see” applies ….

  5. I have written today to the Foreign Ministry at the Israeli Consulate in Chicago as I live in Michigan.
    I am copying the letter I sent:
    I have been writing letters on behalf of political prisoners as part of Amnesty International’s Freedom Writers Network since 1980.

    I am writing to you to express my deepest concern about the detainment of Mohammad Othman yesterday, September 22, at the border between Jordan and the West Bank. He was returning home after a visit in Norway.

    I fear that the detainment of Mohammad Othman is a result of his peaceful criticism of violations of international law by Israeli authorities. The charges against him have not been made clear, but there is reason to believe that he is a prisoner of conscience, arrested solely for his human rights work through legal organizations. I therefore urge for the immediate and unconditional release of Mohammad Othman.

    In the meantime, I ask that Mohammad Othman is protected from any form of torture or ill-treatment, and that his rights as a detainee are fully respected for as long as he remains in custody.

    Thank you for your prompt attention to this urgent matter.

    Sincerely,

    Mares Hirchert

  6. Fada says:

    the freedom for Mohammed now

  7. Lars K says:

    We agree completely with previous speakers Freemohammadothman, Najma Fichthorn, and Fraser Ritchie.

    FREE MOHAMMAD OTHMAN AND EZRA NAVI NOW !!!

    NO MORE GUANTANAMOS – ALLOW EVERY ONE OF THE APPROXIMATELY 800 PALESTINIANS BEING HELD INDEFINITELY WITHOUT CHARGE A FAIR TRIAL !!!

  8. Iqbal says:

    I’d like to help, but it’s very unclear what I must do. When I click on my country’s embassy in Israel, there’s a link that says “send edits”. I have no idea what this means. When I click it, do I have to write something? In the space marked “Tell us what you think”, does the “us” refer to my country’s embassy or the organization demanding this guy’s release? It’s very frustrating. I just entered the code and clicked “submit”, but I don’t know if I just sent a blank message to my country’s embassy as a result.

    • vivian says:

      dear Iqbal,

      which country are you from? Maybe i can help you find the right contact details.
      you can also sign the online petition of course (see links section on the right)

  9. W. R. Cole says:

    Mutadhar has placed his shoe right on the problem that bests us today.

  10. Lindsey Green says:

    its time for a gesture of peace

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