Release Peace Activist Yonatan Pollack

Israeli Peace Activist Yonatan Pollack is set to begin a 6 month prison sentence on January 11, 2011. He was detained two years ago, on January 31, 2008, during a Critical Mass bike ride through the streets of Tel Aviv in protest of the Israeli siege on Gaza. He was the only person arrested during the thirty-person peaceful protest, with police officers claiming he was the organizer because they recognized him.

Tel Aviv Magistrates court judge Yitzhak Yitzhak convicted Pollack of illegal assembly, sentencing him to three months in prison. A three month sentence, which had been suspended, was tacked on. That sentence had been given to Shapira for protesting the construction of the Separation Barrier. 

“I find myself unable to express remorse in this case … If His Honor decides to go ahead and impose my suspended prison sentence, I will go to prison wholeheartedly and with my head held high. It will be the justice system itself, I believe, that ought to lower its eyes in the face of the suffering inflicted on Gaza’s inhabitants, just like it lowers its eyes and averts its vision each and every day when faced with the realities of the occupation,” said Pollack after the sentence was handed down.

Despite claims of various wrongdoings on behalf of Israeli government officials during the 2008 Gaza siege, Pollack is so far the only Israeli to be indicted for charges during that time.

If a peace activist on a bicycle is the only one who is in the wrong here, something is not right.

Join us in protesting Pollack's sentence by sending this letter to Israeli officials.