How to make friends and influence protesters


By Stanley Walinets
September 12, 2011
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I've just received this from the American "Popular Struggle Coordinating Committee". Interesting?
(If you'd like to make a donation, let me know and I'll give you their web address)

Ibrahim Srour, a resident of Nil'in, has been imprisoned by Israel for nearly two years for participating in local protests. He will be released from prison on October 2nd, if the immense 12,000 NIS ($3,250) fine placed by a military court judge is raised in time.

Ibrahim Srour, 20, was arrested on January 7th, 2010, during a nighttime raid on his village, Ni'ilin. The soldiers who snatched him from his bed at gunpoint had been sent to arrest him for his participation in demonstrations held in protest of the construction of the Wall and the theft of some 30% of Ni'ilin's lands. Protests, in which five unarmed protesters, including a 10 year-old boy, were killed by the Israeli army.

Prior to his arrest, Ibrahim was the main breadwinner to a large and poor family, including a sick father. Based on flimsy evidence, he was eventually sentenced by a military tribunal to twenty months in prison and a $3,250 fine. Ibrahim's family cannot afford to pay the fine. Please help us raise the money to secure his release.

Ibrahim was arrested and charged based on statements drawn from a mentally challenged youth from the village. These coerced statements were used against not only Ibrahim, but dozens of Ni'ilin's protestors. The statements themselves and the man who gave them were so unreliable, that even a military judge was forced to disqualify them and acquit a defendant in another case.

The practice of pressuring weak individuals into making incriminating statements in order to put protesters and protest leaders behind bars is in common use by the Israeli army, as in the case of Nabi Salah, where the coerced confession of a 14 year-old boy during an unlawful interrogation brought about the arrest of more than 20 people.

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Advis3r

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 13:15

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"the immense 12,000 NIS ($3,250) fine"

Now here's the thing, whether or not you agree that Israel was fully entitled to arrest someone who they accused of inciting and actively being involved in riots if it was your loved one who was imprisoned and the fine payable to enable his release was the paltry not "immense" sum as claimed above (less than $1 per head of population of his home town) would you quickly collect the money from among relatives or friends (or even from the funds operated by the PA to pay the families of suicide bombers) to seek his release or would you allow him to be used for propaganda purposes? Well we know what the ISM and other anti-Israel organisations are doing but I know what I would choose. Pity the parents of Gilad Shallit do not have that choice.

By the way these protests are called by the protestors "peaceful" but ask yourself since when is rioting and throwing rocks and molatov cocktails causing serious injuries to police and army personnel "peaceful"?


Real Real Zionist

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 16:26

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I am not sure, Jose, whether your difficulty is reading , comprehension or both. The fine was in addition to the prison term, not an alternative. Now it is served the question of the money is relevant. And efforts are being made to raise it. Let me know where to make a contribution Stanley.

As for the rest of your comments.......hopelessly inaccurate and/ or irrelevant....as per.


Ben F

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 17:22

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Some more molatov cocktail throwing, rioting existential threats

http://friendsofrani.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/rani-burnat-in-the-film-bi...


Stanley Walinets

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 12:55

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Advisr3: "....the fine payable to enable his release was the paltry not "immense" sum as claimed above (less than $1 per head of population of his home town)... (you could) quickly collect the money from among relatives or friends...."

Mr/Mrs/Ms Adv3 - Do you really live in a world where $3,250 - I repeat, $3,250 - is PALTRY? Do you really live amongst relatives and friends from whom you could quickly collect such an amount? Evidently you do. In which case, I question whether someone as wealthy as you is really in a position to express reliable opinions on how people in poor communities cope.
I don't, by the way, know what the population of Ni'ilin village is. Is it really well over 3,250, as you imply? If it is, then I guess it's a small town rather than a 'village'... Please tell me, I'd like to know.

You say:- "By the way these protests are called by the protestors "peaceful" but ask yourself since when is rioting and throwing rocks and molatov cocktails causing serious injuries to police and army personnel "peaceful"?"

I suggest, Adv3, that you ask your self what options these protestors had when confronted with the armed soldiers and Police who were enforcing "the construction of the Wall and the theft of some 30% of Ni'ilin's lands. Protests, in which five unarmed protesters, including a 10 year-old boy, were killed by the Israeli army."

Apart from which, what are the grounds of your assertions about molotov cocktails, in relation to these particular demonstrations?

Real Real Zionist: Thank you for your supportive points. The address I've sent my own modest contribution to appeared via the email I received from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee. When 'clicked', the email opened the website and info lines for making a payment via PayPal; I can forward the original email to you if you like - ask me via stan.walinets246@btinternet.com. Alternatively, the site also contained this:-

"... please consider making a check or money order to the "Alliance for Global Justice" and indicate "Popular Struggle Coordination Committee" in the Memo line. Checks should be sent to: Alliance for Global Justice; 1247 "E" Street, SE; Washington, DC 20003"

Regards!


Stanley Walinets

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 14:35

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Hey! I've just noticed the heading of this blog appears as "How to make friends and influence protesters".

I don't know how this has happened. But I did entitle it originally as "How to make friends and influence Palestinians". Might it be possible for Mr Webmaster to correct it?

Thanks.


Watchful Iris (not verified)

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 14:37

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You can do that yourself, dear Stanley.


Stanley Walinets

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 18:06

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Thanks Iris, but how? I'm not as comp-savvy as you. I successfully highlighted that word 'protesters', but it wouldn't delete or allow re-typing. I did it after first clicking 'Edit', but still no response.

Do advise me and I'll be your friend for life - er, well, till next time we disagree!


Watchful Iris (not verified)

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 09:33

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Stanley, I just tried it on one of my own blogs and it worked. I don't know what to tell you.

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