"Sahar Vardi and her father are seen out side the recruiting station in Tel Hashomer army base, during a protest supporting Sahar in her objection to serve in the occupying military."
On August 25, 2008 she was sentenced to seven days in prison, to be extended and continually renewed once completed. It is unclear how long her total prison sentence will be. Supporters of Sahar held a demonstration outside of the military prison where she will be serving her sentence. Her friends in the anti-occupation community celebrated her brave choice to resist, and she began her sentence with pride; surrounded in solidarity.
"Sahar Vardi and her father walk into the recruiting station in “Tel Hashomer” army base, after a protest supporting Sahar in her objection to serve in the occupying military."
The last time I saw Sahar, she was only 16 years old but already an active campaigner for an end to the Israeli occupation. She was always on the front lines of demonstrations, attempting to use her privilege as an Israeli for the safety of the Palestinian demonstrators. She is a tireless campaigner for human and animal rights, a kind and compassionate woman.
Sahar can be contacted via mail at:
Military ID 6055780
Military Prison No. 400
Military Postal Code 02447, IDF
Because mail to refusers is often withheld, letters of support can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be printed out and given to her during visits. Because she is in isolation for refusal to wear a military uniform while in prison, and it is anticipated that her imprisonment will be extended, letters are encouraged.to view the PSP report on Sahar's case visit:
Also in prison news, Palestine Solidarity Project co-founder Mousa Abu Maria will be serving more time in occupation jails for his involvement with non-violent anti-occupation resistance.
Mousa was seized from his home in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar on April 11, 2008. At the time Mousa was recovering from a head injury he sustained about three months prior when he was shot in the head by occupation soldiers during an invasion of his village. After Mousa's 4am arrest in April, he was held in a military jail via "administrative detention." Under the "administrative detention" system, Palestinians can be held without trial indefinitely.
"Mousa Abu Maria's appeal against his administrative detention, high court of (so called) justice, Jerusalem, Israel, 7/8/2008."
At present, Mousa has spent more than four months in "administrative detention." He has not seen the evidence being used to hold him and he has not been charged with a crime. On April 23rd of this year, the "administrative detention" court sentenced Mousa to a 6 month term, renewable indefinitely at the completion of the sentence.
Mousa is not unfamiliar with the prisons of the occupation as he spent several months in prison in 1999, where he was tortured necessitating hospital recovery time after being released.
Earlier this month, Mousa spent the day in the Israeli Supreme Court. Here, a three judge panel declared that Mousa's "administrative detention" would be extended. Mousa was denied the universal human right to an open judiciary as his lawyer was denied access to the evidence being presented against her client. During the Supreme Court hearing, Mousa's lawyer, Gaby Lasky, was prevented from presenting her client's case, and his appeal for release.
Following Mousa and Gaby's 15 minutes in court, they and other "civilians" were forced to leave the court room while Israeli occupation authorities (Shin Bet/Shabak) presented secret evidence to the court. Thus, both Mousa and his lawyer were denied access to review the evidence being used against them. When Mousa's 6 month "administrative detention" sentence is completed, it will likely be extended. Under the "administrative detention" system, these 6 month sentences can be continually extended without charging the defendant or conducting a trial.
Supporters in the court room report that Mousa looked well and seemed in good spirits despite his indefinite prison sentence. Mousa is also a friend of mine, and a friend of many internationals who have stood in solidarity with Palestinians in their lands. In 2006, Mousa helped to found the Palestine Solidarity Project, and has opened his home for foreign activists to live in and work. He is a gentle and generous man and well respected in his community.
If you are interested in contributing to Mousa's defense fund, visit:
or you can help by sending a donation, to:
P.O. Box 721234
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
for more information visit my previous blog posts about Mousa's legal struggle....
PSP Co-Founder Seized, in Administrative Detention
and PSP's report on Mousa's extended detention: