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L.A. Activist Detained by IDF, May Face Deportation

by sarars Wednesday, Aug. 06, 2003 at 10:56 AM

At 8am today (Palestinian time), Los Angeles native Garrick Ruiz was arrested along with 45 human rights activists who were trying to stop Israel's "Apartheid Wall" in the Ma'sha area near the Palestinian City of Qalqiliyah (Kal-Key-Lee-Ah).

Subject: Urgent: Free L.A. Activist Without Deportation

Free Garrick Ruiz Without Deportation!

Los Angeles Area Contact: Matt Horton (323) 341-6716

Note: *International Press Release Follows Local Press Release*

At 8am today (Palestinian time), Los Angeles native Garrick Ruiz was arrested along with 45 human rights activists who were trying to stop Israel's "Apartheid Wall" in the Ma'sha area near the Palestinian City of Qalqiliyah (Kal-Key-Lee-Ah).

Within 5 minutes of arriving at the Peace Camp in Ma'sha, Garrick was grabbed by three soldiers while another kicked him is his ribs. At 10am, the activists (Palestinian, Israeli and International), were taken to the Ariel Settlement Prison, where they are currently being held.

Garrick has since been able to see an army doctor, but has not recieved medical care for his possible broken ribs.

The activists are currently undergoing individual hearings by an officer from the israeli ministry of affairs who has the power to order deportations. The activists are not permitted contact or the presence of lawyers in these hearings.

The mass detention of the 45 activists follows another incident in which a peace camp blocking the wall was attacked by the Israeli army and many activists were shot with rubber coated steel bullets and one American activist was grazed by a live round.

ACTION ALERT:

Please flood the Ministry of Interior with phone calls asking that ALL the detainees be released. Let them know that you are watching and protest the Israeli government’s attempts to deport peace activists witnessing and trying to prevent abuses against Palestinian human rights.

You can phone the Ministry of Interior at:
011 972 2 670 1648

You can also flood Ariel prison with calls demanding the immediate release of all detainees. The best numbers to call are the officers but if they are unreachable, please call the General Info line.

Ariel Prison General Info:
011 972 3 906 5444

Ariel Chief of Police
011 972 3 906 5416

Prison Officer Haim Fadlan:
011 972 3 906 5406

For more information on the "Apartheid Wall", visit http://www.pengon.org/

To schedule speaking appearances for Garrick in the Southern California area, please call (323) 341-6716 or write to lasolidarity@yahoo.com

For an archive of all of Garrick's updates go to www.straybulletins.com/palestine.
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Why didn't he die for his Cause? Very Interested. Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003 at 9:12 PM
P.S there ain't no care for broken ribs.. duh!!! Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003 at 9:16 PM
Message to KOBE SBM. Alex Monday, Aug. 11, 2003 at 4:55 AM
OneEyedMan KPC Monday, Aug. 11, 2003 at 11:58 AM
Ruiz and fellow detainees RELEASED last week man mighty Monday, Aug. 11, 2003 at 6:04 PM
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