Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Disengagement Protest Writer Jailed, then Released.

Nadia Matar is a good writer and a jewish/Israeli patriot. Some readers may recognize her name as a leader of "Women in Green", a strong grass-roots organization in Israel. Or you may recognize her from the articles I've posted.

In any event, as the following article illustrates, it is dangerous to be a patriot in Israel now. Not if you actually think that Israel should belong to Jewish people. And not if you say it out loud. And certainly not if you write it so that others can read it. Read on.


Nadia Matar was released at 1:00 pm, after being arrested this morning in Gush Etzion at 9:15 am, and brought to the Be'er Sheva police station.

The investigator showed Nadia an article that she had written a month ago, which appeared in Hebrew on the Gush Katif website, entitled: THIS IS HOW WE WILL CANCEL THE DECREE. The investigator quoted large parts of Nadia's article and accused her of inciting rebellion.

Nadia's reaction during the entire two hour investigation was as follows:

"As you and your superiors well know, I have done nothing wrong, this is a political persecution by a dictatorial regime, which not only commits the crime of expelling Jews from their homeland, handing over portions of this biblical homeland to the Arab enemy, but also tries to deny the national camp the right to free speech.

It is interesting to note that when I complained to the police against Professor Sternhal years ago, for incitement to murder settlers, the police closed my complaint, claiming 'lack of public interest'.

It is clear that in Israel some people belonging to one camp have unlimited freedom of speech, while people belonging to the national camp are being persecuted for anything they do or say, even if no transgression of any law is involved.

Because this is a political investigation, I will maintain my right to remain silent. I will not answer any questions."

The interrogator then asked Nadia tens of questions relating to her article. Nadia remained silent.

Finally Nadia had to sign a surety bond that she agreed to return for any further investigation. She was then released.

Jerusalem, September 6, 2005 Ruth Matar, Co-Chair

Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green)
POB 7352, Jerusalem 91072, Israel
Tel: 972-2-624-9887 Fax: 972-2-624-5380


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