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Political Prosecution of Yesh Gvul

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Yesh Gvul is “an Israeli peace group campaigning against the occupation by backing soldiers who refuse duties of a repressive or aggressive nature”. Yesh Gvul grew out of the first Lebanon war protest. They are one of the longest standing organisations supporting refuseniks, and they supported me before and during my term in prison.

The new Israeli government has decided to crack down on refusenik organisations. As part of this campaign, the leaders of Yesh Gvul are being investigated for “incitement” charges. Here’s the latest update from Peretz Kidron:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Peretz Kidron

UPDATE ON THE POLICE INVESTIGATION
As the investigation proceeds, it becomes increasingly evident that it is politically driven.  The interrogators insist on posing repetitive questions about YG’s alleged attempts to “incite to evasion of military service” and the supposed “monetary benefits” offered to that end.
The absurd nature of the charges is striking:
1. all active YG members without exception have themselves completed full military service (+annual reserve duty);
2. YG has never entertained any reservations as to military service as such;
3. No YG publication of any kind – print or electronic – has ever supported evasion of service;
4. and of course, in view of the above, YG has never had any motive or reason to offer financial incentives towards a purpose it has never supported.
As all these points become evident within five minutes of questioning, the fact that the police persist in chasing these trumped up charges indicates clearly that they are operating on orders from above, from the political echelons, with the intention of intimidating us and forcing us  to curtail our campaign.
We shall see how long  the charade can go on.
But in the meantime, we continue with our work as usual.
Best wishes,

Peretz
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July 5, 2009 at 5:38 pm

“they wanna set me up like Howaida Taha”

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Blogger and Journalist Wael Abbas (@waelabbas) is staging a sit-in at Cairo airport, protesting his political harassement. 3arabawy reports:

Wael was heading back from Sweden where he was attending a social media conference. His plane arrived around 3am in Cairo. His passport was taken by State Security Police for four hours, and was only returned to him after he staged a sit in with a banner. Now the customs agents have taken his laptop and said they won’t be returning it except after investigating it.

He was tweeting live up to a point, not sure what’s happening now.

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June 30, 2009 at 10:19 am

Persepolis 2.0

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Persepolis 2.0 describes Iran’s post-election uprising and spreads the word about Iranians’ historic struggle against repression. Based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi and edited by two Iranians living in Shanghai.
http://www.spreadpersepolis.com/

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June 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Baharestan Sq, Teheran, 24th June 2009

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June 24, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Global Green Wave Day

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http://greenwaveglobal.ning.com/events/global-green-wave-day

Wed. 24 June: Support Iran Elections. wear black (remembering the victims) and Green (Sustaining the hope)

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June 22, 2009 at 10:26 am

you must read this: testimony of a medical student in Iran

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I’m copying this verbatum from http://iranriggedelect.blogspot.com/2009/06/what-i-have-witnessed.html to maximise exposure and as a pre-emptive measure against any damage done to that blog:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

“What I have witnessed”

A powerful note from a female medical student in Iran, translated from Farsi by a trusty reader.


Hello,

It’s painful to watch what’s happening.

I don’t want anything to do with what has been said this far, as I neither have the strength nor the resilience to face all these unfathomable events.

I only want to speak about what I have witnessed. I am a medical student. There was chaos last night at the trauma section in one of our main hospitals. Although by decree, all riot-related injuries were supposed to be sent to military hospitals, all other hospitals were filled to the rim. Last night, nine people died at our hospital and another 28 had gunshot wounds. All hospital employees were crying till dawn. They (government) removed the dead bodies on back of trucks, before we were even able to get their names or other information. What can you even say to the people who don’t even respect the dead. No one was allowed to speak to the wounded or get any information from them. This morning the faculty and the students protested by gathering at the lobby of the hospital where they were confronted by plain cloths anti-riot militia, who in turn closed off the hospital and imprisoned the staff. The extent of injuries are so grave, that despite being one of the most staffed emergency rooms, they’ve asked everyone to stay and help–I’m sure it will even be worst tonight.

What can anyone say in face of all these atrocities? What can you say to the family of the 13 year old boy who died from gunshots and whose dead body then disappeared?

This issue is not about cheating(election) anymore. This is not about stealing votes anymore. The issue is about a vast injustice inflected on the people. They’ve put a baton in the hand of every 13-14 year old to smash the faces of “the bunches who are less than dirt” (government is calling the people who are uprising dried-up torn and weeds)

This is what sickens me from dealing with these issues. And from those who shut their eyes and close their ears and claim the riots are in opposition of the government and presidency!! No! The people’s complaint is against the egregious injustices committed against the people.

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June 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm

#iranelection: the revolution will b twtrd.

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June 14, 2009 at 11:37 am