Ezra Nawi will be sentenced this coming Sunday.
JVP has sent out an update about Ezra. Please help between now and Sunday by sending letters to the Israeli government on behalf of Ezra Nawi. Over 19,000 people have already asked Israel not to goal him.
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.