Bring Shadi Home!

In December 2015, 12-year old Shadi Farah
became the youngest Palestinian political prisoner.

127% of €4.5K

€5.731 reached in total

Ended 15/11-2016



Update

30.03.2017

"Shadi got a two-year sentence in court in the end of 2016. They pointed out that it was because of the international awareness, that he didn't get more.

Therefore the money has been used too apply for Israeli citizenship for the family (the mother and 5 children), so their opportunities in the future hopefully will be better. Furthermore the money have been used for paying the fines that he got while being in jail, so the family won't get bankrupted.

At last I just heard that the the money was used for paying fines in 2 more child-cases from Aida refugee camp."

- ISM, March 2nd, 2017

7.11.2016

We made it!

After a busy week of support events for Shadi, it’s amazing to wake up and find that the campaign has reached 116% - and there’s still a week left of the campaign!

Thanks to you, the Farah family can now afford a lawyer so Shadi has a chance to get home to his family. We will continue running the campaign until November 15th, so keep donations coming – every cent helps.

We would like to thank the good people from Palæstina Aktion, Folkets Hus, Ungdomshuset and Danish Palestinian Friendship Association for hosting and helping out with support events.

But most importantly, we want to thank you for pledging your donation. With your help we can hopefully bring a child back to his family, and together we prove that international solidarity is a force to be reckoned with!

International Solidarity Movement

28.10.2016

More than 60% pledged so far - and we couldn’t be more excited and thankful!

We still have another 17 days to reach the full amount, and we at ISM, FIREFUND and Shadi’s family are all very optimistic.

Unfortunately there are also some bad news: Shadi was supposed to go to court this wednesday, but it was delayed last minute – again!

This is incredibly hard on the Farah family, and a source close to Shadi told the family that he is devastated. We urgently need your help to raise the remaining amount, so Shadi can get the lawyer he so desparately needs. So please pledge your support and help us spread the campaign.

Luckily, not less than three support events have been organized next week. All profits will go to the campaign, so swing by if you’re in the area! (Psssst, Danish Palestinian Friendship Association has kindly sponsored Palestinian Taybeh beers which will be sold at all three events!)

November 3rd, Copenhagen (DK)

Ungdomshuset’s Soup Kitchen and the book café Barrikaden invites you for dinner and a presentation about the Bring Shadi Home campaign:
Facebook event

November 4th, Copenhagen (DK)

Palæstina Aktion is inviting everyone for a soup kitchen and a beer next Friday atat 19.00 in Folkets Hus. Be there or be square:
Facebook event

November 5th, Aarhus (DK)

ISM invites you to party for Shadi with food, drinks and a presentation:
Facebook event

Background

In December 2015, 12-year old Shadi Farah became the youngest Palestinian political prisoner. Shadi and his friend Ahmad were arrested at a bus stop in Jerusalem. A group of East Jerusalem illegal settlers called police to investigate the two boys, on suspicion of being Palestinian.

In the ensuing process of arrest, interrogation, and abuse, the Israeli police proclaimed that the two boys had gone to Jerusalem with the intent to stab a soldier, and subsequently charged them both with attempted manslaughter. During the interrogation, the boys were shouted at, beaten and given electric shocks. According to Shadi’s family, he still maintains his innocence, but in the Israeli courts, no evidence is needed to convict a Palestinian.

Shadi is now imprisoned in al Masra youth detention centre, a facility for teenagers incarcerated for theft, assault and drug possession, where he suffers from abuse and isolation. His family visits him as often as possible, but travelling from the hometown Kufr Akab to the north of Israel is expensive, and the Farah family has no prospect of paying for a good lawyer to take Shadi’s case.

The reason this can happen is that the Israeli authorities believe the international community doesn’t care. With this campaign, we're going to prove them wrong!

Costs

Shadi’s unjust incarceration has not been without cost for the family, emotionally as well as economically. The Farah family in general has little money, and the imprisonment of Shadi is a heavy burden on the family's economy. In order to visit Shadi at the al Marsa detention center, the family has to rent a car and pay for the gas, amounting to about 800 NIS (almost €200) per trip.

The Farah family has already been forced to borrow money in order to cover these expenses, and on top of that they have to finance the expenses of the upcoming trial, amounting to approximately €1000, something that is common practice when it comes to Palestinians.

For the time being, Shadi has been appointed an Israeli lawyer. But as a Palestinian being prosecuted under a racist apartheid system, he will need a good lawyer with expert knowledge and experience in defending Palestinians, if he wants any hope of avoiding prison.

Shadi’s trial has been set to October 27, and it is expected that he will be sentenced to prison for at least two years. After this trial, it will be possible to appeal the case, but the only chance of winning the appeal is to get a good lawyer, which will amount to a minimum of another €3500.

Support Shadi!

We are doing this campaign to collect €4500 for Shadi's legal case and to create awareness about child prisoners in Israel. But only if we reach our goal, the money will be withdrawn and sent to Shadi and his family, so we need your help.

Please support the campaign by pledging and by sharing it!

Let's tell Israel that they can't put children in prison without resistance from the international community - let's #bringShadihome!

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