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Facing trial for peaceful protest

Issa Amro and Farid al-Atrash have dedicated their lives to campaigning against Israeli settlements in Palestine. They are both firm believers in non-violent protest.

It was after one such peaceful demonstration on 26 February, 2016 in the Palestinian city of Hebron - during which the Israeli forces threw sound bombs and fired tear gas at protesters - that Issa and Farid were arrested.

Farid, a lawyer and Issa, coordinator of the Youth Against Settlements group, now face trial in an Israeli military court on dubious charges - including participating in an illegal demonstration and attacking soldiers. They both deny these charges.

In fact, video footage shows that Farid was holding a poster in front of an Israeli soldier before being pushed and violently arrested.

Issa has also spoken of being beaten by Israeli police while in custody and even shot in the foot. He has been threatened and harassed on other occasions, not only by the Israeli army and police, but also by settlers.

 

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