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State Terror: Official Israeli Policy

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Saadat's brutalizing treatment reflects his importance and courage. He won't yield to Israeli state terror. Addameer lawyer Mahmoud Hassan said Israel's Prison Service Guards forced him from Shata Prison to court against his will.

During his own trial, he refused to recognize an illegitimate military court. He won't role over to injustice now or ever. He'll accept life in prison or death instead.

On September 9, he refused to state his name or answer questions. "I say nothing to this court, as I earlier said said nothing to this court, which is known to have my name," he said.

He called for Israeli and US officials to be tried for crimes of war and against humanity.

His wife Abla, son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter came to see him. Guards prevented any physical contact. 

Addameer called Saadat's trials, and others like them, "part of Western and Israeli efforts to criminalize the legitimate resistance to the occupation and label it as 'terrorism,' and constitute blatant transgression of international law and the principles of international humanitarian law."

Earlier, Saadat said:

"I too possess a will obtained from the justice of our cause and the determination of our people to reject any decision from this 'kangaroo court,' and to preserve a logical and cohesive balance, and to continue my determination to resist your occupation alongside the sons and daughters of our people, in spite of the limited space that you impose on my already-limited movements as a 'prisoner for freedom!' "

Yousef Abu Ghoulmeh shared a prison cell with him following his return to the general prison population. He was freed in late July. He said Saadat urged all Palestinians to unite and mobilize, take to the streets, and resist Israel's occupation.

Only a united front committed to resist can prevail. Negotiations are futile, he stressed. Israel demands. It doesn't yield or compromise. It engages in political blackmail and other duplicitous schemes.

He also prioritized efforts to free political prisoners, assert the right of return, and aid refugees in camps, especially in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. 

Despite his ordeal, he's strong, well, undaunted, and totally committed for justice. He's convinced Palestinians will prevail. He's redoubtable. If enough have his spirit, they're unstoppable. He urges unity to imbue it in others.

A Final Comment

Daily Israeli repression explains what drives liberation struggles. On September 4, B'Tselem headlined "Suspicion: Soldiers beat, seriously wounded 'Adai Abu Mariah, 31 July 2012," saying:

Soldiers detained him at a Hebron district Beit Ummar village checkpoint. They claimed he was wanted for questioning. They handcuffed and blindfolded him. They put him in a jeep. They punched and beat him with rifle butts. Abuse continued in military detention.

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