Patrick O. Strickland – Independent Journalist

EI: Israel arrests activist for organizing Skype chat with resistance icon Leila Khaled

A graffiti portrait of Khaled on the Israeli separation wall near the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. (Source: Wikicommons)

Here is my latest feature story at The Electronic Intifada. Israeli police arrested Samih Jabarin, co-owner of Al-Warsheh cultural center and cafe in Haifa, after he hosted a Skype chat between young Palestinian activists in Haifa and Leila Khaled, an iconic former resistance fighter.

Khaled, a lifelong member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist-Leninist Palestinian political organization, is most known for her role in two plane hijackings in 1969 and 1970. She spoke to the audience about Israel’s ongoing military offensive against the Gaza Strip, the growing protests within Palestinian communities inside present-day Israel, and the necessity for the return of Palestinian refugees scattered across the region.

As soon as she opened up the floor for questions, three Israeli secret police entered unnoticed and arrested Jabarin for organizing the event. He was later released without charges, but Al-Warsheh was closed down by police two days later.

To know more about how it fits against the broader backdrop of arrests and repression of Palestinians in Israel, read the full story.


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