JENIN’S FREEDOM THEATRE UNDER ATTACK FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS MONTH

“This behaviour is mounting to systematical harassment of The Freedom Theatre by The Israeli army, it is scandalous. This proves that the Israeli army and security apparatus is either lost in their investigation or that they have the actual intention of damaging the theatre. It also seems that after the murder of Juliano Mer Khamis The Freedom Theatre is no longer exempted from the kind of oppression the Palestinian society is subjected to in general.”
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Israeli army targets The Freedom Theatre again
Sent by Jonatan Stanczak, co-founder of The Freedom Theatre
After the Israeli army targets the theatre twice during the last month, arresting three of its members, today at approximately 02:00 in the morning of the 22nd August the Israeli army surrounded The Freedom Theatre and the Nagnaghiya family home.
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Jacob Gough, the Acting General Manager at The Freedom Theatre left the office at about 01:45: “As I literally entered my home I got a call from neighbours of the theatre saying the army had surrounded the theatre.”

Jacob then returned to the theatre and as he drove into the courtyard was confronted by armed soldiers who forced him to turn around threatening violence if he didn’t. After a second attempt to get closer to the theatre he was forced to strip at gunpoint before being detained. “They said that they’ll beat me up if I even say a word or move”.

During this, the army were inside the home of Mohammed Naghnaghiye, the security guard at the theatre and brother of Adnan Nagnaghiya. Here they beat Mohammed before taking him away in handcuffs then proceeded to ransack all 3 floors of his family home leaving them in disarray.  As the army left the area they fired live ammunition in an attempt to disperse the crowds of youth that had gathered.

These events come after a military court hearing that took place yesterday (21st August) in Jalame prison outside of Jenin. At the court hearing it was established that the three previously taken members of The Freedom Theatre had no connection to the murder of the theatre’s late director Juliano Mer Khamis and must be released within the week.

“This behaviour is mounting to systematical harassment of The Freedom Theatre by The Israeli army, it is scandalous. This proves that the Israeli army and security apparatus is either lost in their investigation or that they have the actual intention of damaging the theatre. It also seems that after the murder of Juliano Mer Khamis The Freedom Theatre is no longer exempted from the kind of oppression the Palestinian society is subjected to in general.” says Jonatan Stanczak, co-founder of The Freedom Theatre.

6 Comments

  1. August 22, 2011 at 21:23

    F@#KING BASTARDS!! I will post this right away to FB!

  2. Paul Birchard said,

    August 22, 2011 at 21:44

    This ongoing threat, duress, coercion and physical harm by the Israeli army against the Freedom Theatre of Jenin must cease immediately and never be repeated.

    The Freedom Theatre is a wondrous cultural beacon where men and women, and young people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds may work together on the challenges of the Theatre and its allied artistic disciplines.

    I know I speak for many actors, directors, producers, teachers and Theatre practitioners in Scotland when I demand the immediate cessation of ALL harassment, intimidation, bullying and strong-arm tactics by the Israeli army against the Freedom Theatre.

    Actors, Directors and Teachers of Drama in Scotland demand the immediate release of Mohammed and Adnan Naghnaghiye and Rami Hwayel.

    Kidnapping, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, and the denial of the God-given rights of life and security of the individual, not to mention the stultification of the creditor and the denial of the right to contract, are actions equivalent to those suffered decades ago by many in Europe at the hands of the Gestapo. They must cease immediately and never be repeated.

    Long live the Freedom Theatre !

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