Free Mohammad Othman!
Mohammad Othman, a prominent Palestinian activist involved with War on Want partner Stop the Wall has been illegally imprisoned without charge by the Israeli authorities since 22 September.
War on Want is campagning for Mohammad's urgent release. Despite being held for two months of interrogation by the Israeli authorities Mohammad has not been charged with any crime, leading his lawyers to believe he has been targeted because of his work in defence of human rights.
On 23 November Mohammad was given an adminstrative detention order. This is an Israeli law which allows individuals to be imprisoned indefinetly on the basis of secret evidence and never having to stand trial.
War on Want believes such intimidation of human rights activists is unacceptable.
Act now to free Mohammad:
- Write to Secretary of State David Miliband urging him to pressure the Israeli authorities for Mohammad's release
On 22 September 2009 Israeli authorities arrested Mohammad Othman, 33, on his way home from Norway, where he had been promoting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. Since his arrest Mohammad has been held mostly in solitary confinement and subjected to lengthy interrogation sessions, threats and sleep deprivation.
Mohammad is involved with Stop the Wall, the grassroots anti-Apartheid Wall campaign and War on Want partner organisation and has dedicated the last 10 years of his life to the defence of Palestinian human rights. His village, Jayyous, in the occupied West Bank, has lost most of its fertile agricultural land to Israel's illegal Wall and settlements.
"I learned more from spending a day driving around the West Bank with Othman, following the land-grabbing path of the Wall, than I have from reading dozens of books. His passion for knowledge and his love of the land are astounding and contagious." Naomi Klein 25/9/2009
Jamal Juma'aa, Co-ordinator of Stop the Wall, has written a powerful article about Mohammad's detention on the Huffington Post webite