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[Hebrew University, Classics] Amiel Vardi was taken away by the army handcuffed, again, for distubance

 Editor's note: When watching the video filmed by Taayush members, one can see two Israeli men being arrested. The second man, is Dr. Amiel Vardi, a lecturer of Classics at the Hebrew University. The account below tells a story of those two men as if they didn't do anything except for protecting Palestinians picking olives and grapes, but, it were the Israelis who weren't allowed to be there. The Palestinians were not arrested, just the two Israelis. Dr. Vardi has been already arrested a few times this year and in previous years, on similar grounds. He is signaling to his Palestinian friends, they can trust him, he is on their side, he is willing to be arrested for them! The question is, if Vardi needs to prove himself to the Palestinians every couple of months, does it mean, that if he stops, he wouldn't be trusted anymore? Is it not embarrasing for the Hebrew University that their lecturer is being arrested every so often by the police or the army for disturbance?


 Monday, November 1, 2010
Activists Ezra Nawi and Amiel Vardi Arrested at the olive harvest- Ezra could face a prison sentence

The activist's purpose was to help a Palestinian Family pick the olives from their land which lies opposite the fence of the illegal settlement on the other side of the road. The Palestinian Families face harassment from settlers whenever they attempt to access the land close to settlements (part of a well known plan to continually expand the settlements with the open cooperation of the occupation army.)
As soon as the activists arrived and as usual, the Israeli occupation army showed up and declared part of the land -on the spot, right there and then, and in your face- military zone in order to prevent the little harvest, that is, if the settlers don't stop and attack the Palestinian farmers because of the presence of humanitarian workers and cameras, the occupation army will.

An old Palestinian woman farmer entered this closed military zone - her land, mind you - to pee, as the text explains in Hebrew, the Soldiers ran after her scolding her harshly for entering. When Ezra Nawi called on them to behave, the soldiers who do not speak Arabic, told him to explain to her that entry is prohibited. Ezra went to translate to her what the soldiers were saying. More Soldiers swarmed all over him and cuffed and arrested him for entering the -fake -military zone. Humanitarian activist Amiel Vardi was also arrested after running to the zone in protest of Ezra's arrest under fake pretenses.

Ezra Nawi is under a six-month probation sentence and could face a 3 year prison sentence.


"לאורך כל השנה האחרונה פועל צה'ל לטרפד את הפעילות ההומניטרית של אנשי תעיוש, באזור הר חברון, באמצעות צווי 'שטח צבאי סגור'. עשרות פעמים השנה, גורשו הפעילים והחקלאים הפלסטינים מאדמותיהם, ע' הצבא, שמשתמש בצווים באופן הנוגד את הנהלים. במקום לשמור עליהם מפני התנכלויות המתנחלים, הצבא מגרש את החקלאים משדותיהם ומבורות המים שלהם.
בשבת האחרונה, 30 באוקטובר, שבר מח'ט הר חברון אל'מ גיא חזות את שיא הגרוטסקה, כאשר הנפיק חמישה צווים כאלה בבוקר אחד. ארבעה צווים הוצגו לפעילים עם הגיעם לדרום הר חברון, והחמישי הוצא במטרה למנוע מסיק בכרם השייך למשפחת אבו סבחה, ליד הכביש, מול גדר ההתנחלות סוסיא. בשבוע שעבר, באותו מקום כאשר משפחת אבו סבחה מסקה את זיתיה, היא הותקפה באבנים בידי רעולי פנים מתוך ההתנחלות. כאשר בני המשפחה ברחו, התוקפים הגיעו וניקבו את צמיגי המשאית שלהם. הצבא הגיע והפסיק את המסיק, היבול הוחרם ובני המשפחה גורשו מכרמם בבושת פנים. אבן שיידו רעולי הפנים פגעה ברגלו של עזרא נאווי פצעה אותו וגרמה לדימום. חשוב לציין כי הצווים נכתבים בשטח, בניגוד לנהלים ומח'ט יהודה אל'מ גיא חזות חותם עליהם טלפונית בשלט רחוק. כל הצווים מצולמים ויוצגו בבית המשפט בבוא העת. בשבת האחרונה כאשר אישה פלסטינית זקנה, שגורשה מהכרם הלכה לעשות פיפי בשטח הסגור, החיילים רצו בעקבותיה וגערו בה בגסות. כאשר עזרא נאווי קרא אליהם להתנהג יפה, החיילים, שאינם דוברים ערבית, קראו לו לגשת אל הסבתא ולהסביר לה שהכניסה אסורה. עזרא ניכנס ותירגם את דברי החיילים, תוך כדי כך, כעבור דקה וחצי, הוא נעצר בתואנת שקר, שהוא נכנס כביכול, לאזור הכרם ללא רשות והפר את הצו.. עזרא נעצר ואחריו נעצר גם עמיאל ורדי שרץ אל הכרם במחאה. בתחנת משטרת חברון העיד הסג'מ שהביא את עזרא, עדות מפלילה שיכולה היתה להחזיר אותו לכלא. הראייה לכך היתה כשהחוקר המשטרתי צפה בצילומים הוא קרא בתדהמה.. לא ייאמן.. לא ייאמן... כעשר פעמים. הוא הזמין את הקצין הצעיר לצפות בצילום המעצר. הסג'מ צפה במבוכה ומלמל שעדותו התבססה על דברים שנאמרו לו. כזכור, נגד עזרא תלוי גזר דין של מאסר על תנאי לשישה חדשים למשך שלוש שנים, בעקבות עדות מפלילה של שני קצינים שהעידו שהוא תקף אותם.

[here's the literal translation produced by Google Translate for the above Hebrew Text:
Throughout the past year the IDF thwart the humanitarian activities of the Ta'ayush, Mount Hebron area, with orders to "closed military area." Dozens of times a year, were active in the Palestinian farmers from their land, by the army, orders in a way that contradicts the regulations. Instead of keeping them from harassment by settlers, the army doesn't give access to the land of farmers to their fields and is ignorant to their request for water.
Last Saturday, 30 October, broke in the Hebron Brigade commander Col. Guy grotesque appearance record, with five such orders issued in one morning. Four orders were implemented upon their arrival to South Hebron, and the fifth was to prevent harvest the vineyard belonging to the family of Abu Sabha, near the road, opposite the fence of the settlement of Susya. Last week, the same place when the Abu Sabha stokehold the olives, it was attacked with stones by masked men from the settlement. When the family fled, the attackers were punctured the tires of their truck. The army came and stopped the harvest, the crop was confiscated and the family were deported. A stone thrown by masked men hit the leg of Ezra Nawi, wounded him and caused bleeding. It is important to note that the orders are written in, against regulations, Judea Brigade commander Col. Guy seals them by telephone remote control. All orders are photographed and will be presented in court in due course. Last Saturday when an old Palestinian woman, deported vineyard went to pee in the closed area, the soldiers ran after her scolded her harshly. When Ezra Nawi called to them to behave well, the soldiers, who do not speak Arabic, allowed him to access to the old woman and explain entry is prohibited. Ezra went in translating the words of soldiers, while doing so, after a minute and a half, he was arrested in a false pretext, he entered as it were, to the vineyard without permission and violated the order . Ezra was arrested after that Amiel Vardi was also stopped for running in the vineyard in protest. Hebron police station led to the second lieutenant testified against Ezra, incriminating evidence that could bring him back to prison. When the policeman viewed those photographs he called in shock .. incredible .. incredible ... ten times. He invited the young officer to view photo arrest. Second Lieutenant viewed embarrassed and muttered that his testimony was based on statement made to him. Remember, against Ezra there is a judgement on probation for six months, he could be jailed for three years, following the incriminating testimony of two officers who testified that he attacked them.]


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