Israeli army target The Freedom Theatre again!
At approximately 02:00 in the morning of the 22nd August the Israeli army surrounded The Freedom Theatre and the Nagnaghiya family home.
Jacob Gough, the Acting General Manager at The Freedom Theatre left the office at about 01:45: "As I literally entered my home I got a call from neighbours of the theatre saying the army had surrounded the theatre.”
Jacob then returned to the theatre and as he drove into the courtyard was confronted by armed soldiers who forced him to turn around threatening violence if he didn’t, then whilst trying to gain entry a second time he was forced to strip at gunpoint before being detained and again threatened with violence if he so much as moved or spoke.
During this, the army were inside Mohammed Naghnaghiye, the security guard at the theatre and brother of Adnan Nagnaghiyas home, here they beat Mohammed before taking him away in handcuffs then proceeded to ransack all 3 floors of his family home. As the army left the area they fired live ammunition in an attempt to disperse the crowds of youth that had gathered and were throwing rocks.
These events come after a court hearing that took place yesterday (21st August) in Jalame prison outside of Jenin. At the court hearing it was established that the three members of The Freedom Theatre that had been taken earlier had no connection to the murder of the theatre's late director Juliano Mer Khamis and must be released within the week.
“This proves that the Israeli army and security apparatus is either lost and causes completely unnecessary distress to The Freedom Theatre and its staff or that they have the actual intention of damaging the theatre” says Jonatan Stanzcak.
For more information contact:
Jacob Gough, Acting General Manager on 00972 (0) 595348391
Jonatan Stanzcak at email@example.com
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Link to Current Press Release - http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/news.php?id=201
Link to Pictures of Mohammeds home after being ransacked - http://www.box.net/shared/nd9c8suhkr03bha14jqt
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