12/03/18 | International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah Team
In December of 2015, Shadi Farah and his friend Ahmad Zaatari, ages 12 and 13, respectively, were abducted by Israeli soldiers, at a bus stop in Jerusalem.
A group of illegal East Jerusalem settlers called police to investigate the two boys, suspicious of their ethnicity. In the ensuing process of arrest, interrogation and abuse, 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.
Though the evidence was slim, the boys reportedly confessed after several days of abusive questioning, with no lawyer or parent present, and a lone witness was produced to claim the boys had been talking about stabbing soldiers at their school. And, in the he-said-she-said world of Israeli courts, any evidence is enough to convict a Palestinian.
After three years, the boys have finally come home.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.