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Why I Won't Attend My Trial Today

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The trial of two of my comrades and mine will begin at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court today, Wednesday, for the alleged assault of policemen and soldiers during demonstrations in the West Bank villages of Bil’in, Nabi Saleh and Ni’lin. It is a somewhat unusual case, for although the charges are criminal, it was not the State of Israel that filed the indictment.

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Ad Kan, a right-wing spook organization, together with three soldiers and a former border policeman that it located, used the esoteric judicial procedure called criminal complaint to prosecute us. Despite the threat of imprisonment inherent in failing to attend the proceedings, I have no intention of reporting.

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It turns out that under certain circumstances, almost anyone is entitled to file an indictment. The Criminal Procedure Law limits the clauses for which such a private indictment can be filed to a small number of offenses,........

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