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Isawiya leader receives death threat over activism

Jan. 21, 2015 11:40 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 22, 2015 8:45 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) – A Zionist organization has sent a Palestinian activist from the East Jerusalem town of al-Isawiya a letter threatening to kill him if he doesn’t leave the area.

Hani Isawi, 63, said during a visit to Ma'an office in Bethlehem that he received a written letter in English from a purported Zionist organization calling itself Pulsa Di Noura.

The letter, he said, asked him either to leave al-Isawiya or die.

Isawi is a member of a local committee for defending the town's lands.

"Neither such a letter, nor the Israeli occupation's practices, could push us to even think of leaving or cede a span of the hand of our land," Isawi told Ma'an.

The citizens of al-Isawiya, he added, have been suffering seriously as a result of the tough practices and restrictions imposed by the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem on the one hand, and the assaults and plots by the extremist Zionist groups on the other hand. Nevertheless, the residents are adamant to remain firm on their lands despite all restrictions and plots, he said.

Isawi added that Israeli police had set up an almost permanent checkpoint at the western entrance to the town since the latest military offensive on the Gaza Strip. Police officers at this checkpoint search passersby almost every day using police dogs.

The envelope in which the letter was sent to Isawi included seeds of citrus fruits.

About two weeks ago, the mayor of Hebron and a school principal in the city received similar letters.

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