A skype update from Saeed & his father

Today, Saeed went to Ramallah, I spoke to him on skype, and he gave me an update and asked me to post it for him. (Ramallah is about 40km from Ni’lin. The bus return ticket costs 14 Shekel; he usually can only afford it, when he finds some work in Ramallah.)

Saeed spoke to the red cross as well as to his father’s lawyer. They were able to organize a permit for his mother for 9 August, to visit his father in jail. His 5-year-old twin brothers will join her. Saeed’s mother is relieved and  looking forward to seeing her husband. And even though Saeed himself won’t be able to visit his father in jail (they refused his requests and, according to his lawyer, have signaled that they will continue to do so), Saeed is happy, too. They were very worried that a new permit will take another 2 months, as it did in the past.

Also, Saeed managed to get news from his father a few days ago. His father Ibrahim is grateful to all who stand by him and his family in these difficult times. He is sad that he won’t be able to join the family on the Eid, the festivity at the end of Ramadan, a time when people break fasting together and friends and relatives visit each other.

Besides, Saeed received his father’s court sentence in writing. Obviously, the court doesn’t care, whether or not those who are affected by its ruling, understand anything. The court sentence is written in Hebrew, and no translation is provided. Saeed mailed it to me and would like to post it. We’re looking for someone to translate it first. On this occasion, Saeed has told me, that the whole lawsuit is in Hebrew and most of the time there either is no translator, or only bits and pieces are being translated for the Arabic speaking defendants and their relatives. So basically, the whole court proceedings are a farce. But I guess that’s no news at this point.

Saeed has high hopes for the Facebook support group to continue to grow. Please invite your friends to join! Thank you.

ps: We are still very much looking for a computer for Saeed; so if anyone knows of something or has any contacts to organisations or individuals, preferably in Israel (since that would make transportation so much easier!) – please let us know!

About Saeed Amireh

My name is Saeed Ibrahim Amireh, I am 18 years old and I have been born and raised in Ni'lin, in the Westbank. During the summertime, I love to sleep on the rooftop of our house. When I see the beautiful stars, I dream to travel to far away places and meet people from all over the world. I can see the Mediterranean Sea from our roof. Often, I imagine what it is like to be at the beach and see the sun go down. I have never been to the sea because Israel does not allow us to go there. One week before the final exams in 12th grade, Israeli soldiers raided our house in the middle of the night, locked the whole family but me in a room, beat me, destroyed my room and arrested me. I was in jail for 4 months. They kept me in a small cell in complete darkness, with mice and cockroaches everywhere. They beat, threatened, and interrogated me constantly. To this date I know nothing about why they even arrested me, other than to punish my father for his non-violent activity in the "Popoular Committee Against The Wall". I've always dreamt to study and become a communication engineer. But since my father is in jail, me and my older brother have to work and take care of our mother and our small siblings. I miss my father so much, I would give anything for him to be free. But I am not even allowed to go and visit him in jail. Only my mother is allowed; she could go visit him for the first time after he was imprisoned for 4 months. Like all the villagers of Ni'lin, I wish I could taste the flavour of freedom just once.
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2 Responses to A skype update from Saeed & his father

  1. janne says:

    There are a lot of ppl thinking of you!

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