Ezra Nawi is a human right and pro-democracy activist.
He's a Jewish Israeli. This coming July he will be sent to prison.
I read about him in Shamai Leibowitz' Blog.
From Neve Gordon in Guardian :
His "crime" was trying to stop a military bulldozer from destroying the homes of Palestinian Bedouins from Um El Hir in the South Hebron region. These Palestinians have been under Israeli occupation for almost 42 years; they still live without electricity, running water and other basic services and are continuously harassed by Jewish settlers and the military – two groups that have united to expropriate Palestinian land and that clearly have received the government's blessing to do so.
As chance would have it, the demolition and the resistance to it were captured on film and broadcast on Israel's Channel 1.
The three-minute film – a must see – shows Nawi, the man dressed in a green jacket, not only courageously protesting against the demolition but, after the bulldozer destroys the buildings, also telling the border policemen what he thinks of their actions. Sitting handcuffed in a military vehicle following his arrest, he exclaims: "Yes, I was also a soldier, but I did not demolish houses … The only thing that will be left here is hatred." The film then shows the police laughing at Nawi.
But in dealing with
his audacity, they were not content with mere ridicule and decided also to accuse him of assaulting a policeman.
Yeah, that's Israel. Where soldiers smiling and laughing after destroying people's lives.
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God bless you, Ezra Nawi...