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"One and a half hour after storming the family home the occupation forces left with Mohammed. Neighbours threw stones at the soldiers who answered with tear gas and sound grenades. Despite his young age this is Mohammed's third time in prison.

"During the same raid Mohammed's cousin and neighbour, Tarik Abu Maria, was arrested. He is 18 years old and this is his second time in prison. The officers told Tarik's family that he will stay in Gush Ezion at least until the court meeting for Mohammed and Tarik which is scheduled to be Thursday 27th of September.

"Monday morning Ahmed got a phone call saying Mohammed was to be transferred from Gush Ezion to Ofer prison outside Ramallah."

In another night raid Monday 24th of September, the Israeli occupation forces raided the Beit Ommar home of the Ramzy Al Alamy family (shown in picture at top):

"Their 15 year old son, Hossein Ramzy Al Alamy, was arrested on March 31st 2012 when he was attending a peaceful demonstration in Beit Ommar. When he was released the judge told Hossein that if he was seen at a demonstration the next four years he would be jailed for seven months.

"Monday 24th of September the occupation force wanted to arrest Hossein again. They accused him of participating in peaceful demonstrations next to the [illegal Jewish] colony Karmei Tsur. The occupation forces did not find Hossein at home, and handed his father, Ramzy, an order for Hossein to meet with the military officers in the Gush Ezion colony.

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"PSP were informed that Hossein and his father went to Gush Ezion around noon Monday 24th. Ramzy returned without his son who now is imprisoned awaiting a court meeting which is not yet scheduled."

This is life under occupation in one town in the southern part of the West Bank, in the governorate of Hebron. These young Palestinians are not allowed to "practice free speech" by protesting against IOF oppression.

Barack Obama should know this even more than the rest of us. We will find out only if he gains a second term.

The picture of Beit Ommar is from Wikipedia. The others pictures are from the Palestine Solidarity Project.

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James Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced Jim's writings over (more...)

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