The trauma is unimaginable

Just 13 years old when he was kidnapped and thrown in jail ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Israeli army soliders arresting a Palestinian child.

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Thirteen-year-old Muhammad Shadi Sa'adi was leaving a friend’s funeral when undercover police kidnapped, blindfolded, beat him, then threw him in prison.

Right now 85 Palestinian children and youth, just like Muhammad, are being held for crimes they didn't commit.

It’s all part of a deliberate Israeli campaign to terrorize Palestinian families. These children’s parents know the only way to bring their children home is to hire legal counsel to fight these bogus charges in court, but they don't have the funds to cover the costs. So they've asked for our help.

If enough of us chip in, we can work alongside Palestinian youth organization Baladna to urgently hire lawyers to free kids like Muhammad who’ve been locked up. Can you donate just a small amount to help set these kids free, and continue the fight for justice for Palestine?

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The trauma is unimaginable. First, Muhammad watched his friend be murdered by police. Then, he was attacked on the street, blindfolded, and pushed into a car. For three hours they kept him blindfolded, shouting death threats and holding him at gunpoint.

The 85 other children in jail are all citizens of Israel, but are subjected to an entirely different legal system because they are Palestinian. This is what Apartheid Israel means: over 60 laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens alone.

Sadly, this is nothing new. Israel has been putting Palestinian children and youth in jail for 70 years, but since mass protests erupted across Palestine months ago, more and more children are paying a brutal price.

But now there’s a way we can fight back against this unjust system.

Israel knows that legal costs are expensive and that these families can’t afford the lawyers needed to get their children out of jail. That’s why these terrified families desperately need our help. Can you chip in?

If you’ve saved your payment information with SumOfUs, your donation will go through immediately:

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Behind bars is no place for a child. But if we raise enough, we can give these children a fighting chance, even in an apartheid system. And every extra penny we raise will go to fighting for the rights of all Palestinians.

Thanks for all that you do,
Alys and the SumOfUs team


More information:

Video shows Israeli troops detaining Palestinian children. Associated Press. 11 March 2021.

‘Terrorising a generation’: Israel arresting Palestinian children. Al Jazeera. 28 May 2021.

Baladna - homepage (in Arabic)

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