Suspected stone pelters are among the thousands being arrested in Kashmir. They are mostly fearless young working class kids but we’ve seen a lot of women stone pelters too. Under Israeli law, Palestinian stone pelters can be sent to military prison for up to twenty years, as there has been a massive crackdown on them in Kashmir. Many see stone pelters as provocateurs when they function more as a civilian defense guard for unarmed protesters. This is an article I wrote in July 2017 for the journal Kashmir Mirage where I lay out my view of the role stone pelters play, why India is arresting them, & why we must defend them as political prisoners: