The Israeli Socialist Organisation – Communication to the Press

Nabil Saad, a member of the Israeli Socialist Organisation, was arrested on Wednesday, October 8th, by the Jerusalem Police. After 48 hours he was brought before a judge of peace in Jerusalem, who issued against him an order of arrest for another 10 days.

In the meantime, Nabil’s work was interrupted, as well as his studies in the University. The Jerusalem Police even refused to receive for him a package (containing items for shaving and washing, underclothes and newspapers) in spite of the responsible police officer’s assurance, a few hours before, that he would receive such a package.

We denounce the arrest of our comrade Nabil Sa’ad. This arrest is part of the governmental policy destined to suppress and intimidate all the oppositional elements among Israel’s Arab citizens. These measures are in particular destined to intimidate and suppress those among them who adopt a revolutionary stand. And indeed our comrade Nabil was active in our organisation, and never abandoned his position as a revolutionary socialist, in spite of the limitations imposed upon his freedom of movement by the authorities a long time ago, and in spite of police harassment, both against him in Jerusalem and against his family in Umm El-Fahm.

It is known that Nabil is not the only Arab member of our organisation who falls a victim to this policy. Other members and sympathizers were already arrested, or put under various sorts of home-arrest and interdictions, on the basis of the Defence (Emergency) Regulations, 1945.

We demand the immediate liberation of Nabil Sa’ad, just as we battle for the abolition of all the oppressive laws and for the liberation of the hundreds and thousands who fell victim to these laws – the great majority of them are Arabs.

We shall continue our struggle against the policy of oppression, of conquest and of aggression led by the Israeli government; this policy may seem to be an exclusively anti-Arab one, but it represents, beyond that, a threat to the very future of Israel’s Jewish masses.

Central Committee – Israeli Socialist Organisation (MATZPEN)
P.O.B. 28061, Tel Aviv
October 11, 1969