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Indian American ISM Activist To Sue Israel

For Immediate Release
November 25, 2003

INDIAN AMERICAN ISM ACTIVIST TO SUE THE STATE OF ISRAEL

[Beit Sahour, West Bank]

International Solidarity Movement volunteer Radhika Sainath, from Orange County, California is suing the state of Israel on Thursday, November 27 for unlawful imprisonment, negligence and breach of obligations. Leading human rights lawyer Shamai Liebowitz will be representing Ms. Sainath, who was seized by Israeli soldiers last November in the olive groves of the West Bank village Jayyous.

Ms. Sainath will testify against the gross misconduct of Israeli authorities in handling her arrest, during which she was prohibited from calling her lawyer, not served with an arrest warrant and transferred to multiple holding centers over 48 hours, causing her to suffer mental trauma and agony.

Eight other internationals and one Israeli were detained along with Ms. Sainath after observing hundreds of Palestinians pray at the site of olive trees bulldozed for the creation of the "security" Wall. Three of the internationals were deported.

News agencies, Israelis, and Internationals are invited to attend this hearing in support of Radhika Sainath.

Judge David Geldstein 12PM Thursday, November 27 Tel Aviv Magistrate Court 1 Weizman Street, Tel Aviv

For more information contact:

Radhika Sainath: +972 65 203 596 Attorney Shamai Liebowitz: +972 64 414 505 For Arabic contact Ghassan: +972 67 981 126

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