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The Freedom Theatre Board member taken by Israeli army

The Freedom Theatre Board member taken by Israeli army

Mustafa Sheta, secretary of the Board of The Freedom Theatre, was taken from his home by Israeli soldiers in the early hours of March 19. Mustafa, 35 years old and father of three children, is a researcher and a journalist who is well-known for his social and humanitarian activism. He works with the United Nations and is also studying for a Masters degree at the Arab American University. He recently received an honours award and was planning to pursue further studies in London later this spring. Sheta’s arrest came a few days before the theatre’s General Assembly.

“Since Mustafa joined the board last year he has been a tremendous resource for the theatre”, says Jonatan Stanczak, managing director of The Freedom Theatre. “His dedication, involvement and communication skills have meant a lot to us. We are doing all we can to follow his case. Until recently (March 22) there was no information at all available but we just learned that there will be a court hearing in a few days.”

For interviews please contact: media@thefreedomtheatre.org.

Update March 29: The court hearing scheduled for today, Sunday March 29, was postponed one week.
Update April 5: Mustafa’s family home has been ransacked by occupation forces and his younger brother arrested.

13 comments

  1. Kelly Slattery

    My prayers are with my brother Mustafa and his family. Respect and admiration to him. He is a hero!

  2. Caroline Wardle

    we in Scotland send our solidarity.

  3. Mary Ann DeVlieg

    Please keep us informed! We have circulated the news to several networks but like you, seek clarification. Meanwhile, courage! we are following…

  4. South Africa tried this with the Market Theatre and it only strengthened them. No to Israeli Apartheid bullying. Solidarity from Ireland.

  5. Horrendous. Repulsive. Only wish it were unusual. Hopes from Gothenburg for his quick release.

  6. This is indeed sad news. Here come hopes from Gothenburg for his quick release.

  7. We in Gothenburg are with you in our thoughts and hopes.

  8. What is he charged with? Is this pure intimidation, or are there some type of charges?

  9. No charges have been brought forward and Mustafa has had no access to a lawyer. This is a very common tactic by the occupation forces to intimidate politically and socially active persons. Under military law, there is no justice.

  10. Thank you!

  11. Thank you Robert, we hope so too!

  12. Solidaritory from Nottingham, England.

  13. Pyne Frederick

    Shocking! I do hope this be resolved quickly and peacefully and all charges will be dropped.

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