Ezra Nawi’s Sentencing Now Scheduled For 21st September

Dear friends and supporters,

Ezra’s sentencing process started this morning (Aug 16′ 2009). Ezra and the “Committee for Ezra Nawi” wish to thank and express our appreciation to all those who testified on his behalf, came to court, wrote letters or signed petitions.

As part of today’s hearing 6 witnesses testified on Ezra’s behalf and dozens of letters written by different concerned Israeli citizens were submitted to the court. Attorney Leah Tzemel also submitted the international letter of support that was signed by over 20,000 people from all over the world. The prosecution on the other hand asked the court to sentence Ezra for a lengthy incarceration. We hope the judge will take into account the amazing admiration and support for Ezra that was shown today in court.

Your love and support are strengthening Ezra during this difficult time and are encouraging him to continue his important activities.

Sentencing will take place on the 21 of September at the Peace Court at 8:30 am. Further information will be sent as the date will approach.

Thank you,

The Committee for Ezra Nawi

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Help Ezra Nawi

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Ezra Nawi will be sentenced this Sunday. Over 19,000 people have already asked Israel not to jail him.

We will bring their signatures to the courtroom–but we need more.

His crime? Watch the video and see for yourself. Ezra tried to stop a military bulldozer from destroying the homes of Palestinian Bedouins in the South Hebron region.

In the judge’s own words, Ezra was “… pushing the people into the house while encouraging them, by rebuking the police, by encouraging others to lie in front of the bulldozer, by lying in front of the bulldozer with others, and, after this, by breaking into the shack that had been evicted after the bulldozer had already started the demolition.”

The judge concluded that “the acts and behavior of the defendant constitute serious interferences that were meant to disturb the peace.”

What peace? The peace where Palestinian homes are demolished with impunity and where civil disobedience is called ‘rioting’?

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz compared his non-violent resistance to that of the Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.(1) Both went to jail for their beliefs. An Israeli judge wants to make sure that Ezra follows the same path. We need as many people as we can to send letters to the Israeli government on behalf of Ezra Nawi, this good and gentle man who should be devoting his great energy to justice and not wasting time in jail.

Please send a letter to the Consulate, to the media, to your family and friends. Take just a moment to write your letter. Do it now. And then share his name with a friend. Do it for Ezra Nawi.

Click Here To Send A Message.

Ezra Writes-

This is not the first time that I stand trial for my beliefs. But it is the first time that they will probably be able to stop me.

I always knew that many people silently supported me, and that if I ever got into trouble they would stand behind me. This moment has come.

I have been harassed and targeted throughout the years, because I embody three elements which provoke bigotry in the Israeli society: I am a homosexual, I am a Mizrahi Jew, and I devote all my time to fighting for the human rights of Arab Palestinians.

I am a simple person. I did what my heart told me to do. Looking back, I know that what my friends and I have done is changing the harsh reality of the occupation in the whole area of south Hebron. I feel that now the Israeli authorities are punishing me on a personal level.

I would like to believe that my personal adversity will inspire and motivate individuals to actively oppose the occupation.

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