Palestinian Youth Legal Fund
Palestinian organizers in Beit Ommar are seeking the support of solidarity organizations in a new campaign to support the rising number of Palestinian youth arrested by Israeli Forces. In the face of harsh repression of unarmed popular resistance efforts, it is the Palestinian youth who pay the biggest price in fighting for their freedom. Beit Ommar has the highest youth incarceration rate per capita in Palestine, according to Defense of Children International-Palestine.
Money is badly needed for these youth and their families. The staggering bail costs, legal fees, and fines associated with each arrest is often difficult, if not impossible, for the youth’s families to pay. Recently, the Israeli military court system under which the youth are tried, has been ordering the boys to pay an average of 1,000 shekels (about 300 dollars) for each month of their sentence after they serve the first few. If they can not pay, the youth continue to sit in prison and are left vulnerable to the notoriously harsh Israeli interrogation methods, in addition to being forced to miss school.
The Palestine Solidarity Project, a Palestinian organization in the southern West Bank with international supporters, is facilitating the fund.
Collected donations can be sent to:
Palestine Solidarity Project (write “youth bail fund” in the memo)
and mailed to:
214 Harvard Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
or donated online at http://palestinesolidarityproject.org/donate/
Show youth in Palestine and their families that we have their backs!