Gaza Man Who Met on Zoom with Israeli Peace Activists Tortured by Hamas, Forced to Divorce Wife

(AP) Fares Akram - After months of torture in a Hamas prison, Palestinian activist Rami Aman, 39, says he was told: Divorce your wife and you are free to go. Aman had recently signed a marriage contract with the daughter of a Hamas official. Now he says the love of his life has been whisked out of Gaza against her will, and he may never see her again. AP contacted the woman, who confirmed she was forced into a divorce and wanted her husband back. Aman did not think he was doing anything subversive when he joined an innocent online meeting with Israeli peace activists last April. For over two hours, Aman and his group of peace activists, the Gaza Youth Committee, talked about coexistence with dozens of Israelis. As word of the meeting leaked out, Aman was branded a traitor on social media. On April 9, Aman and seven members of his group were summoned by Hamas Internal Security. He was blindfolded and forced to sit in tiny kindergarten chairs from 6 a.m. until 1 a.m., accused of collaborating with Israel - a crime punishable by death.

2021-04-01 00:00:00

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