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Free Zakaria Zubeidi!
Israeli forces arrested Zakaria Zubeidi, an advocate of Palestinian cultural
resistance and one of the three co-founders of The Freedom Theatre, in the
early morning hours of February 27. He is being held in prison at an
interrogation center in East Jerusalem. Israeli authorities have not filed
any formal charges to date. This is the second time Israeli authorities have
violated their 2008 amnesty agreement with Zakaria.
A week after arresting him Israeli forces invaded and trashed Zakaria’s home
in Jenin on Tuesday, March 5, terrorizing his wife, Alaa, and their three
These raids took place in Area A, which was returned to Palestinian
Authority control under the Oslo Accords. Despite this agreement, Israeli
forces regularly invade these areas conducting searches and arrests with no
need for a warrant.
Up until the time of his arrest, Zakaria -- who has been studying for his MA
in Contemporary Arabic Studies at Birzeit University and has been the
General Manager of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs in
the government of the Palestinian Authority -- had given interviews to
Israeli journalists and had gone back and forth without incident between his
two residences in Ramallah and Jenin. He has long been a proponent of
cultural resistance to the occupation, and his brother, Abdulrahman Zubeidi,
serves on The Freedom Theatre’s board.
WE URGE YOU TO DEMAND THAT THE ISRAELIS FREE ZAKARIA ZUBEIDI IMMEDIATELY.
AT THE VERY LEAST, EVERY ARRESTEE SHOULD BE GIVEN ACCESS TO AN ATTORNEY AND
NOTIFICATION OF THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM/HER.
PLEASE CALL: Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, at 202-364-5500
Let us know what the ambassador says if you learn anything.
For more information:
Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre at
Freedom Theatre USA
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