Tuesday, 27 May
Janzen and Benvie visited a local friend and found that
three settler boys had stolen his donkey.
Even though the police called the guard at Harsina settlement, he would
not stop the boys. The donkey's owner
had just spoken to a local settler, for whom he had worked, who offered to look
into getting the donkey back. The
donkey was thirteen-years-old and had been trained to walk in the field between
the rows without stepping on any plants.
Fallon, Van Hoogstraten, Uhler, and a visitor had tea
with the former mayor of Beit Ummar.
The Israeli military authorities had just released him from prison after
eleven months in administrative detention.
The initial charges--Hamas membership and being elected mayor from the
Hamas party--were dropped by the judge, after which, the military took up the
case and decided the evidence in a "secret file" justified holding
him. He told the CPTers that he is
willing to go to jail for the rest of his life rather than betray the people
who freely elected him mayor. He said he and his family are willing and
"very happy" to make this sacrifice.