Palestinian Peace with Justice Activist Imprisoned! Urgent Help Needed!

12 April 2009

Yousef Abu Maria has been a tireless organizer with the Palestine Solidarity Project, an organization dedicated to nonviolence and solidarity as a means of confronting the Israeli Occupation. He is well known and respected in his hometown of Beit Ommar, as well as by other Israeli and international anti-occupation groups.

Yousef has paid a high price for his activism. In the last 3 years alone he has been arrested 4 times, all for his work as a social justice and anti-occupation activist. He has been constantly harassed and his family, including two small children, terrorized by the Israeli military, who have taken him from his home in the middle of the night. Once, he was “accused” of “hosting internationals”, another time he was held for a month in administrative detention before being released on an appeal. He has not been charged or tried in any of these cases, and has come out of prison each time with new ambition and commitment to the liberation his people.

Now Yousef needs YOUR help

Three weeks ago Yousef was once again taken from his home in the middle of the night. He was handcuffed and a hood was put over his head as he was transferred to a jail in a nearby settlement. He was prevented from having any interaction with other prisoners and has not been allowed contact with his family. A meeting with his lawyer was prohibited and he was moved to an “interrogation facility” which is infamous as a torture center used by the Israeli security services. After nearly a week in prison, he was brought before a judge who allowed a continuation of his “interrogation” for 13 days. He has not been charged with anything.
Yousef has a brilliant team of dedicated lawyers working diligently on his case and are our best chance at bringing Yousef home. But to do it, we need YOUR HELP. Yousef is the third member of the PSP coordinating committee to be imprisoned this year and our legal costs are astronomical. In order to continue to provide Yousef with the best possible legal defense, we are in need of funds.

Please Dig Deep
We are all feeling a financial pinch during these difficult times. It is now, more than ever, that we need the donations, small and large, from all of our supporters. No donation is too small. If everyone who receives this message finds a way to donate $25, $35, or $50, we will meet our needs and continue to show our support for Yousef and all the people who are risking their freedom in their fight for rights, dignity, and a free Palestine.

To Make A Donation
Via Paypal on our website: http://palestinesolidarityproject.org/donate
Or via check to our U.S. Address made out to: PSP-NY
And mailed to: PSP-NY
P.O. Box 24281
Santa Fe, NM 87502