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Palestine: Non-Violent Resistance On Trial

Non-Violent Resistance On Trial

Palestinian and Israeli peace activists stand trial tomorrow

Wednesday March 30th Mohammed Mansour from Biddu and Israeli activists Neta Golan and Shelly Nativ will stand before Israeli courts for their participation in Palestinian non-violent resistance.

Mohammed Mansour, a community organizer against the Wall from the West Bank village of Biddu, faces trial at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court in the Russian Compound.

On the 26 of June 2004, Mansour was attacked, severely beaten, and arrested while participating in a nonviolent protest against the construction of the Apartheid Wall in Al Ram.

According to eyewitness accounts, Mansour was standing with other peaceful protesters when he was attacked and severely beaten by undercover police. He received medical attention at Hadassah hospital for an injury to his back and chest (from repeated blows by the butt of a rifle), swelling in his face, a chipped tooth, and a ruptured eardrum.

Mansour, the father of five, is accused of throwing stones, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest.

His trial will take place at 11:50 in the Jerusalem magistrate's court in the Russian compound before Judge Dotan.

Neta Golan and Shelly Nativ were arrested in April 2001 for chaining themselves to olive trees that were being bulldozed by the Israeli army in the west bank village of Deir Istiya. This Wednesday their verdict will be given in Kfar Saba.

Their Verdict will be handed down at 8:30am by Judge Maymon- Sha'ashua in the Kfar Saba court.

The International Solidarity Movement condemns the Israeli legal system defense of war crimes committed by the Israeli military and settlers and its criminalization of non-violent protest against the Occupation.

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