Dear friends and supporters,
so much time has already passed, but I nevertheless want to update you all on the fundraising efforts and my father’s release.
I’ve been very worried that our success in raising the necessary funds would endanger my father’s release from prison. I was worried because it has already happened in the past that the Israeli military changed the release dates or the deadline at which the fine was due in the very last minute, thus making it impossible for prisoners to be released. Also, I had to go into hiding since I received a request to present myself to the Israeli military for an interrogation. When this happens, we never know if we come back home the same day or if the Israeli military decides to put us into prison. Because we live under military rule, this happens easily and often, even without any charges being presented against us. I wanted to make sure not to be imprisoned before I could pay the fine for our three leaders and before my father came back from prison. So I had no choice but to hide and that meant also be silent on the internet. This is why we didn’t keep things as transparent in the latest phase of the fundraising campaign as we did all the months before.
With many many thanks from the bottom of our hearts, finally I want to let you know everything about how you all freed my father Ibrahim as well as Hassan Mousa and Zaydoon Srour. With your generous help, we were able to raise 1,784.67 Euros! *(this equals roughly 2,283.14 US-Dollar, or 8,126.04 Shekel) through the facebook support page and the blog. Additionally to that, a German friend and supporter Mona, who I initially knew only from facebook came to visit us in Ni’lin. Once back home, she went on a speaking tour in Germany and raised another 1,725,- Euros *(equal to 2,207.64 US-Dollar or 7,854.35 Shekel) on behalf of the three prisoners – thank you Mona, we will be forever grateful to you!!!
My friend Nicole from Italy was planning to make a fundraising concert in Rome, in order to raise what was missing to pay the fine. She had to find musicians, a place where the concert could take place, technical equipment and print flyers and posters and sell tickets. But it was very dificult to organize because people gave promises and then didn’t keep them. At some point Nicole told me, that she wouldn’t be able to organize the concert in time for the deadline. I was so worried. Already we didn’t know whether enough people would come and pay and how much money she would be able to raise. The idea that we wouldn’t be able to free my father scared me so much and together with the delay it all made it seem like an impossible endeavour. Finally a date and time was set: the concert was to take place on 19 Dec 2010 in a very nice theatre in Rome. But we had to pay the fine until the end of November. Several sleepless nights followed until I finally found someone who could borrow the sum that was missing. I promised to pay it back right after the concert, not knowing if we would be able to raise enough money. But we had to do everything we could!
Many Italian artists participated – thank you so much my friends Diana Tejera, Barbara Eramo, Daniele Mutino, Jorge Omar Sosa and the Trio Cosacco!!! I’ve heard from Nicole that you were fantastic! Nicole raised another 1400,- Euros selling tickets and staging an auction, where they sold our caps, with pictures of the three prisoners printed on them. I was so so so happy when Nicole send me an sms the same night, I could not sleep.
On 5 December my father and the other two leaders came back home from prison. It was my happiest day in a long long time. And I will never forget that only your solidarity and your love for justice and peace made it possible. Not only did it give me and my siblings our father back, it also gave us back some hope in a time where darkness swallows our dreams of a free, peaceful and just country. Thank you from my heart, my friends.