“Since 2004, the whole family did not gather, not even once. Someone is always missing,” recounted Alexandra Halabi, a Christian mother of four sons imprisoned by Israeli forces.
When Alexandra’s eldest son Raed was detained in July 2004, she did not know it was only the beginning of a struggle that would scatter her family.
Raed, 28, was given a two-year suspended sentence and released in 2005, but toward the end of his probation he was handed to Israel by a collaborator, Alexandra says, and ordered to serve two years plus two months in jail.
He had two jobs, working for the Global Movement for Children and in a hotel, and had no time for political activism, she added.
Nael, 25, was detained four months after Raed and has spent four-and-a-half years in prison. He was studying sociology at Birzeit University but was detained again in April 2011.
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