please find below a report on the Palestinian Freedom Riders by Adam Horowitz from Mondoweiss. Included in Adam's report is the statement issued by the Palestinian Freedom Rider's media team just before they boarded the bus explaining the action and calling for solidarity.
In solidarity, Kim
freedom riders Huwaida Arraf and Fadi Quran on Israeli Bus 148. (Photo: Activestills)
Nadeem Alshirbaty, one of the arrested Freedom Riders from Hebron, is 33 years old and one of the founders of Youth Against Settlements group. He visited Jerusalem 14 years ago, and when asked why is he riding the bus said "This is our duty to defend our rights and land, even if it is the last day of our lives."
Basel Al-a’raj , another freedom rider was arrested. Basel is 28 years old pharmacist and a youth activist from Walajeh village in Bethlehem district. Today Basil tried to disturb the settlers road traffic, his friends heard him shouting as he was arrested “lets boycott Israeli... Freedom to Palestine”
Bassel Al Araj's last words before arrest: "I am Bassel Al-Araj, a Palestinian Freedom Rider. Boycott Egged Boycott Veolia!"
Fadi before arrest: Please divest from all companies that benefit from the Apartheid regime!
Fadi Quraan , one of freedom riders was also arrested. Fadi is a 23 old Palestinian from Ramallah. He was born in Jerusalem and he is currently a graduate student at Birzeit University finishing his master degree in Democracy and human rights. This morning when he his asked about his motivation for riding the bus , he said: “ I believe that our generation will free Palestinian through every possible way of popular resistance.
Badi’ Dweik, one of Freedom Riders, 38 years old and from Hebron detained is one of the founder of the International Campaign to Revive the Shuhada Street in Hebron. When asked why is he boarding the bus, he said that this is a means of resisting the Israeli occupation…he said: “ I am a believer in the justice of our cause, we will be free if we each do our duty…we should try all resistance means to end the occupation"
Mazen Qumseyeh from Beit Sahour, is 54 years old. He is a Professor and researcher at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. He was several publications on Palestinian struggle and Popular resistance in Palestine.
Huwaida Arraf, one of the arrested Freedom Riders, is 35 years old and a member of the International Solidarity Movement. She is the coordinator of the Freedom Flotilla and is responsible for the "Free Gaza" movement that initiated the Freedom Flotillas demanding to lift the siege over Gaza.