Breaking News: Activist Ahmed Abu Hashem and Son Mohammed Brutally Beaten and Arrested by Israeli Forces

8 July 2013

Contact: Mousa Abu Maria (English and Arabic): 0598-139-590

At approximately 2am in Palestine, 15 Jeeps of Israeli forces invaded Beit Ommar, seeking to arrest the son of Ahmed Abu Hashem, an active member of the Beit Ommar Popular Committee and PSP. Just yesterday, at approximately 1pm Palestine time, Ahmed’s daughter-in-law and niece of PSP Co-founder, Yasmin Abu Maria, gave birth to a baby girl. When the Israeli military forced their way into Ahmed’s home, they entered to room of the newly-recuperating mother and her young daughter with weapons drawn, terrifying the young family. When Ahmed tried to intervene to protect his daughter-in-law and new granddaughter he was attacked and violently beaten by Israeli forces. Ahmed and his son Mohammed were arrested and taken away.

PSP will update as more information becomes available.

Mohammed has been arrested several times in his young life, and was a focus of a previous Defense of Children International-Palestine report.

Ahmed’s home has been a continuous target of Israeli aggression, and Ahmed himself has often been targeted because of his commitment to the popular resistance and talent for documenting IOF aggression.

A previous IOF invasion of the same home was documented by video and posted here