Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
Yesterday, after 6 days of kidnapping and beating our friend Omar Mousa
Ala'eddin from the village of Al-Ma'sara, the Israeli occupation authorities
released him broken and battered.  We spend much of the day with him.  Omar
is an English student at Hebron University and was returning with other
students and two of his professors from a field trip to Ramallah where they
watched a play. On the way back, a soldier at the checkpoint entered into a
verbal exchange with Omar when Omar tried to explain to him about a fellow
female student who did not have her ID card with her since Omar spoke
Hebrew.  The soldier ordered him out of the bus and the first blows were
delivered to Omar in front of his friends and teachers.  After they took him
to a back room and have received information about him (perhaps that he had
been in jail or that he participated in the weekly nonviolent protests), the
beatings became more regular. The initial beating of Omar on the face and
head made his mouth bleed and his head hurt and he was not able to speak to
the soldiers and this only made them beat him more for not answering their
questions. Omar told our friend Sevtap that one of the soldiers told him "do
you think the international solidarity will protect you". Omar was
transferred during those 6 days from the container checkpoint to  a police
station in the settlement of Maale Adumim, then to a military doctor at an
unknown location (but the doctor only looked briefly at him and basically
told him to shut up, then to the Russian compound prison in Jerusalem, then
to Ramle prison, then to Ofer prison, and finally to Ramleh prison again. On
the last day, he was brought before a judge and assigned a state lawyer who
made a deal for him to be released on bail.  Many hours passed because the
prison authorities refused to let him make a call to get someone to come pay
the bail.  After the bail was paid, Omar was not released but finally, the
military brought him to the South of Ramallah and dumped him on the side of
the road.  Omar was initially treated at Al-Hussain hospital in Beit Jala
and released but his condition deteriorated and his family decided to take
him to a hospital in Hebron where he spent last night.  He might be released
at noon today. Video of Omar at Hospital at

Photos of injuries before his situation deteriorated is at

Fatenah animation is now on You Tube! Summary: Fatenah is a 27 year old
woman living in the Gaza Strip. Her life is similar to the lives of many
other women in Gaza. Her life changes the day she discovers to have breast
cancer.  This animation, the first produced in Palestine, shows with great
accuracy the scenarios of Gaza city. The 27 minutes long story is a
breath-taking journey into Fatenah's daily struggles. It uncovers the human
drama of her fight to survive. This journey into the heart of the Gaza Strip
will touch and move you. 
Part 1/3  

Part 2/3  
Part 3/3  

Directed by Ahmad Habash, Screenplay Saed Andoni, Ahmad Habash, Ambrogio
Manenti, Produced by Saed Andoni, Music Said Murad, Editing Saed Andoni,
Animation Ahmad Habash, Director of Photography Ahmad Habash, Sound Designer
Zaher Rashmawi, Voices - Actors: Buthaina Sumairi (Fatenah), Ahmad Abu
Saloom (Abu Rasheed), Shaden Saleem (Amal), Imad Ahmad (Mualem), Mesbah Deeb
(Ayman), Waleed Aqel (Dr. Salah / AMB. Driver), Nibal Thawabteh (Lutfieh),
Hanan El Hilu (Dafna), Amira Habash (IDF soldier), Ahmad Habash (Palestinian
Dr. / IDF soldier), Saed Andoni (IDF sergeant), Gabriel Lambert (Israeli
Dr.), Chiara Stefanini (Israeli nurse)..

Quote from US Secretary Hilalry Clinton at the powerful AIPAC lobby: "Under
President Obama's leadership, we have reinvigorated defense consultations,
redoubled our efforts to ensure Israel's qualitative military edge, and
provided nearly $3 billion in annual military assistance. (Applause). The
United States . did lead the boycott of the Durban Conference and we
repeatedly voted against the deeply flawed Goldstone Report. (Applause.)
This Administration will always stand up for Israel's right to defend
itself. (Applause.) And for Israel, there is no greater strategic threat
than the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran. (Applause.)"

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  1. March 24, 2010 at 19:55

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