A nine-year-old boy shouts: “Leave dad alone. Get out. Your dog doesn’t scare me!”
The boy’s home has just been invaded in the middle of the night by a score of soldiers in full battle-dress, armed to the teeth. Accompanying them is a vicious, trained military hound.
The boy and his younger brother are outwardly defiant.
“Take care of the kids,” their father tells his wife as the soldiers take him away.
He is blindfolded, handcuffed and led away into the night by this cowardly gang of thugs who pass themselves off as soldiers.
This scene is not fiction. It happened in the early hours of Thursday morning, 30 July, in occupied Palestine.
The man, who now languishes inside an Israeli dungeon without charge, is Mahmoud Nawajaa.
Nawajaa is not a “terrorist” or even a member of the legitimate armed resistance. He is the general coordinator of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Palestine.
The BDS movement which Nawajaa helps to lead is an entirely peaceful, legitimate campaign of resistance against Israel’s illegal occupation and systemic racism.
The 15-year campaign to hold Israel to account with targeted, ethical boycotts, divestments and sanctions has made massive strides. Israel considers it such a threat to its apartheid regime that it dedicates its spy agencies – including Mossad – towards a global campaign of sabotage and dirty tricks to fight it.
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