I have been to Awarta, and what I found disgusts, saddens and angers me. The villagers of Awarta, young and old, have been subjected to torture, aggression, and house demolition, and deliberately arrested as a result of the brutal acts of the Israeli occupation forces.
Continual coverage by The Palestine Monitor, Ma’an News Agency, the Palestinian News Network and Haaretz among others has chronicled the Israeli occupation forces deliberately destroying houses and systematically assaulting Awarta’s people as a form of retaliation.
This clearly defines collective punishment, illegal under international law.
We Palestinians will not rest until the Israeli occupation forces are held accountable for these blatant violations of human dignity, universal rights, and democratic principles.
The Israeli arrests, sometimes in the middle of the night, have continued unchecked. From an eighty-year old man to a sixteen-year old named Julia Nizar Awwad, who was detained with her two brothers and her parents, the Israelis know no shame or limit.
These are acts of intimidation and terrorism, and we must mobilize a campaign to remove the injustice and oppression of Awarta.