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Protest Art

Teargas canisters and other projectiles. Photo ActiveStills

The creator of the sculpture pictured above, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, was recently released from prison.

School teacher and coordinator of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall, Abu Rahmah was arrested by Israeli forces at 2am on 10 December 2009. The military forcibly entered his Ramallah home, took him from his bed and then to Ofer Prison, where he remained incarcerated for the last 16 months for his non-violent resistance against Israel’s Separation Wall.

On 24 August Abu Rahmah was convicted in an Israeli military court of incitement and organizing illegal demonstrations, while additional charges of stone throwing and arms possession were dropped, (the ‘arms’ he had been in possession of being the collected spent teargas canisters and other projectiles used by the Israeli military against protesters).

Under Israeli military law, incitement is defined as, “The attempt, verbally or otherwise, to influence public opinion in the Area in a way that may disturb the public peace or public order” (section 7(a) of the Order Concerning Prohibition of Activities of Incitement and Hostile Propaganda (no.101), 1967), and carries a maximum 10 year sentence.

Following the sentencing, the EU high representative Catherine Ashton said, “The EU considers Abdallah Abu Rahmah to be a human rights defender committed to non-violent protest against the route of the Israeli separation barrier … The EU considers the route of the barrier where it is built on Palestinian land to be illegal.”

“The high representative is deeply concerned that the possible imprisonment of Mr Abu Rahmah is intended to prevent him and other Palestinians from exercising their legitimate right to protest against the existence of the separation barriers in a non-violent manner.”

In January, Amnesty International had called Abu Rahmah a “prisoner of conscience jailed solely for speaking out” and called for his immediate and unconditional release.

Abdallah Abu Rahmah shortly after he was released. Credit: Simon Krieger

Abu Rahmah vowed to continue struggling against the Occupation, despite his unjust imprisonment and the six-months suspended sentence still imposed on him. He said, “On my release, I have no intention to go back home and sit there idly. In fact, by imprisoning me they have silenced me long enough. Our cause is just, it is one striving for freedom and equality, and I intend to continue fighting for it just as I have before”.

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Artists against Apartheid

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