My Father Will Be Free

Dear friends, I want to send you a big thank you from the depth of my heart. Your contributions that are meant to free my father Ibrahim, as well as Hassan Mousa and Zaydoon Srour have reached me in Ni’lin. With your generous help I was able to pay the fines necessary to liberate the leaders of our Ni’lin Committee Against The Wall. My father, as well as the other two will be free this Sunday. All of this was only possible because you helped me to free them. There are many things I want to tell you, so many things that happened in the past weeks. Please forgive me that I didn’t update you very much in the past month, but there was too much risk my father’s freedom if I talk about it before he is free or even before I could pay the fines. I promise to tell you the details once they come out of the jail and are safe, re-united with us and with their families. In the past days I was a lot in the mountains with time to think. Many things that were going around in my head. I want to share them with you. Only five months ago very few people knew about us, the people from Ni’lin. About our struggle, our pain and the daily injustice, violence and terror that the Israeli soldiers force on us. Only few people that knew about our leaders that were sent to the military prison and sentenced to 20 months and 15 days, based on forced confessions from a mentally ill villager. In the oast few months, newspapers and websites wrote about us, many many people emailed kind words of support and prayed for us, and today, there is a support group on Facebook with 1119 members. 1119 people around the world who care about us, who support our cause, who spread the news about our suffering, some going on lectures and talks in their countries to tell our story. Many of you donated money to help free our prisoners. All of this touches my heart very very much and gives me hope that the world has not forgotten us, and that we are not alone in our struggle. It gives me strength to stand steadfast against the daily opression and to never give up hope. The hope that we all, one day, will be able to go to the sea. As a free people, enjoying the sun, the beach, the water and not being troubled any more by night raids, snipers shooting protesters from the roofs of our houses in order to prevent peaceful protesters to join demonstrations, soldiers shooting tear gas canisters at us and killing people that participate in non-violent protests. A hope that keeps me going in the face of the daily difficulties and hopelessness that we are facing. For this, I am very much grateful to all of you – thank you!!

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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11 Responses to My Father Will Be Free

  1. Darlene says:

    You are an inspiration, Saeed. Give your father my greetings! I celebrate that he will be home with you and your family!

  2. kruitvat says:

    Thanks. Copied and shared.

  3. Paul Davey says:

    It am delighted to hear that your father may soon be home to you and your family.
    It is nice to hear something good for a change even if he should have never been locked up. I look forward to hearing about how things are once he is out
    Paul Davey

  4. Patricia Herrera says:

    This is such wonderful news! I am so very happy for you and your family.

  5. Jan says:

    You are a remarkable young person. Your father and all of Ni’lin must be proud of you. One day you and all the Palestinians will be free living in your own land free of oppression from my people. You will go to the beach to see the sunrise and the sunset. You will no longer be a prisoner in your own land.

    Blessings on you Saeed. Your reunion with your father will be sweet.

  6. Miri barak says:

    Saeed – wonderful news, first in the morning. You are a loving son, supportive and clever, and what you did for your father, the support and help you gathered around the world is remarkable. I haven’t forgot your dream and your beautiful request of me.
    I join you in this hope for a free Palestine and free Palestinians.
    Have a wonderful day, Miri

  7. elizabeth johnson says:

    Hurray what brilliant news Salaam to your family Saeed. What a strong family you are as I’m sure are the other families in your village. Your family must be so proud of you like your father you didn’t give up and your mother as I said before such a stong woman. I am proud to have you as a friend, you and people like you are the future of Palestine. Viva Palestina Stay safe x

  8. Ursula says:

    I`m very happy for you and your family.
    Big huge to you from me

  9. Martina says:

    What a relief for your familiy that your father and Hassan and Zaydoon are coming home! We will continue to support you.

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