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Bilin Protest Leader Kidnapped

Palestine Monitor | 28.01.2010 14:01 | Anti-militarism | Anti-racism | Palestine | World

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Mohammed Khatib of the Popular Struggle Co-ordination Committee was arrested in his Bi’lin home. In the latest in a series of similar arrests, Israeli soldiers stormed the house and took Khatib on charges of incitement. ‘Incitement materials’ were reportedly taken from his home. Solidarity activists were forcibly prevented from approaching the scene.

Khatib is the 35th resident of Bi’lin to be arrested in the past seven months on charges relating to the popular protests held there each Friday. Another prominent committee member, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, has been detained since December 10th 2009 . It continues a pattern of new hard-line tactics employed by the military against protestors, with 94 arrested in the neighbouring village of Nilin over the past 18 months and 17 Israelis taken in a Sheikh Jarrah demonstration last week. The charge of incitement, defined under Israeli military law as "an attempt, whether verbally or otherwise, to influence public opinion in the Area in a way that may disturb the public peace or public order," is being increasingly used to intimidate activists.

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