I spoke with Riad and Sarah who’s also a member of Palestine-UK Social Work Network. Riad told us that Noor remains in custody, at Court on 27 August papers still weren’t ready and the case was adjourned to tomorrow which is 1 September. Riad told us that he hopes a verdict for Noor will be made then because he will have been in custody for 4 weeks. Noor told Riad and his mother Fayza when they spoke briefly at Court that he’d been moved to an Israeli prison in Beersheba.
We spoke with Riad about his feelings regarding Noor’s arrest. He told us with some emotion that life goes on for Noor’s mother Fayza their children and him, working, eating and sleeping, however they are constantly aware of Noor not being there. His younger brothers continue to sleep in his bed. Riad feels like Noor’s imprisonment affects him deeply, torturing him. While he has to be strong he feels weak and in danger of losing any hope for a peaceful solution in Palestine. The occupation and its direct effect on the family through Noor’s arrest and detention is tough. What keeps Riad going is a strong motivation to survive. He said he welcomes international support which gives him and Palestinians a good spirits.
We spoke with Riad about the invitation for him to come to a London Conference in November 2015 which Palestine-UK Social Work Network is jointly organising, asking whether he’ll feel able to come. He told us that he’d spoken with Fayza about the issue and she thinks its important that he attends the Conference where he’ll make a keynote speech on Trauma in countries where there is civil conflict about the issue of social mobilisation. This is through his experience of working with children and young people at DCI Palestine. With Fayza’s support he’s decided to attend the Conference