Tag Archives: Palestine

‘They beat me on my breasts and fondled me. Britain must stop funding Palestinian security thugs’


Human rights lawyer Diala Ayesh says she has been detained, beaten and sexually assaulted since becoming a target for PA forces

Sitting in her office in downtown Ramallah, Diala Ayesh chain smokes.

Her former job at Lawyers for Justice — an NGO that fights human rights abuse by the Palestinian Authority — has made her a target for the PA security forces, even though she now runs her own legal practice. She can never relax.

Over the years, the 24-year-old human rights lawyer has been detained, beaten and sexually assaulted, she tells the JC, leaving “a profound psychological impact”.

Even when she has been released, the harassment hasn’t stopped. She has been hounded on social media by trolls who claim she is a prostitute and reveal her whereabouts. She lifts her cigarette and takes a deep drag.

“It has been a terrible set of experiences,” she says through the smoke. “They were attacking my profession, lying and defaming me. At the same time, my clients have been through much worse.”

In July last year, Ms Ayesh was arrested during a crackdown following the brutal murder of her friend, human rights campaigner Nizar Banat, by the Palestinian security services. It was the beginning of hell.

“There were so many security men, Ramallah was like a military camp,” she recalls. “I was on my way to my office when I heard that a friend had been arrested. I said to my colleagues, let’s go to show our support, and I will support them as a lawyer.”

Together with a group of activists, lawyers, journalists and other professionals, she headed to the police headquarters in east Ramallah and stood defiantly outside. Then, she says, the onslaught came.

“They attacked the women, pulling our hair, starting with a doctor and a senior engineer,” she says.

“I wanted to go home but one of the security men called me by name, saying ‘Diala, if you try to go I will pepper spray you in the face’. I saw my friends running and started running too, but he chased me.

“His footsteps were behind me. I can still hear the sound of them today. And then he was on me, hitting me on my buttocks and my breasts, hitting me and fondling me, touching me intimately. I told him to stop, but it carried on.”




https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/07/05/l-autorite-palestinienne-intensifie-sa-repression-en-cisjordanie_6087002_3210.html (FRANCAIS)

Palestine/Israel: Palestinian lawyers hold rare protest against Abbas’s ‘rule by decree’


Hundreds of Palestinian lawyers held a rare street protest Monday against what they described as the Palestinian Authority’s “rule by decree”, condemning president Mahmud Abbas for governing without a parliament.

The Palestinian Legislative Council — created under the Oslo Peace Accords with Israel — has been inactive since 2007, meaning Abbas has led without a functioning parliament for nearly all of his tenure as president.

But a new leadership at the Palestinian Bar Association has sought to pressure the PA.

The association’s president, Suheil Ashour, told AFP at the protest that his body would stand firm against legislation delivered by presidential decree that curbed Palestinian “rights and freedoms”.

“Our demand is either to stop their implementation now or to cancel” a raft of restrictive laws, said Ashour, who pushed for reforms when he was elected association president earlier this year.

The draft Palestinian constitution allows for presidential decrees “if necessary”, in cases where the PLC cannot act, but lawyers said Abbas has gone too far.

Riot police prevented the demonstrators, clad in their black robes, from marching to the nearby office of prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.

Farhan Abu Aisha, a protester, accused Abbas of making decisions “under the cover of darkness”.

“The legislative authority is absent in Palestine, and the judicial authority is completely marginalised,” he said.







https://fr.timesofisrael.com/cisjordanie-manifestation-davocats-palestiniens-contre-les-decrets-dabbas/ (FRANCAIS)




Top Israeli rights lawyer deplores ‘threat’ from govt


A top Israeli human rights lawyer went public Monday with an alleged “threat” from the country’s defence ministry over his work for a Palestinian NGO labelled a terrorist group by the state.

Attorney Michael Sfard represents Al Haq, one of six Palestinian organisations hit with a “terrorist” designation by Israel in October.

Nine European governments said last week they will maintain cooperation with the NGOs, on the grounds that “no substantial information” had been presented to support the designations.

Sfard published a letter on Monday from a defence ministry lawyer, which referred to him receiving fees from “terrorist organisations”.

“We hereby draw your attention to the provisions of Section 32(d)(1) of the Law concerning the legal avenues for transactions in terrorist property,” said the letter, dated July 14, which was seen by AFP.

In a written response, Sfard said the letter suggested he could face seven years in prison for representing Al Haq.

He interpreted it as “a governmental threat made against a lawyer engaging in entirely legal work”.

The letter came days before Sfard and other lawyers are due to appeal the designation of three of the NGOs.









https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1306034/un-avocat-des-droits-humains-se-dit-menace-par-le-gouvernement.html (FRANCAIS)

Israel: French-Palestinian lawyer held for alleged terror links jailed for 3 more months


Salah Hamouri held under administrative detention; was picked up day after publishing op-ed criticizing ‘Israeli apartheid’; rights groups say his phone was hacked with NSO spyware

A French-Palestinian lawyer will spend at least three more months detained without charge under a controversial Israeli practice, court documents show.

Israeli authorities overnight Sunday-Monday extended the detention of Salah Hamouri, 37, under what is known as administrative detention, according to the documents.

The practice allows suspects to be detained for renewable periods of up to six months.

An Israeli military court sentenced Hamouri to administrative detention in March. It accused him of being a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and said he “endangers security in the region.”

Hamouri, who holds French citizenship, denies being a member of the PFLP.




https://www.france-palestine.org/Salah-Hamouri-Nous-sommes-Palestiniens-et-nous-refusons-de-quitter-notre-patrie (FRANCAIS)




Palestinian lawyer killed in Israel West Bank clashes


A Palestinian rights lawyer was killed in clashes Wednesday close to Nablus, the fifth day of Israeli operations in the West Bank following a spate of attacks in the Jewish state, Palestinian officials said.

Violence also erupted at a flashpoint religious site in Nablus that is sacred to Jews, Joseph’s Tomb, which was vandalised days ago by Palestinians, heightening tensions.

The Israeli army said its troops were “conducting counterterrorist operations” in Nablus, the militant bastion of Jenin and several other cities in the occupied West Bank, without immediately commenting on the lawyer’s death.

The Palestinian health ministry said human rights lawyer Muhammad Hassan Muhammad Assaf, 34, “died after being shot in the chest by the Israeli occupation army during the aggression on the city of Nablus”.

Witnesses told AFP he was standing by the roadside, having just taken his nephews to school, when he was hit by a bullet as Israeli forces fired while pulling out after an incursion into Nablus.





https://www.france24.com/fr/moyen-orient/20220413-un-palestinien-tu%C3%A9-par-des-tirs-isra%C3%A9liens-lors-d-op%C3%A9rations-militaires-en-cisjordanie (FRANCAIS)



Palestine: Rights lawyer Mohannad Karajah’s court date scheduled


mohannad karajah

Human rights defender and lawyer Mohannad Karajah is due to appear in the Public Prosecution in Ramallah on 10 November 2021. The human rights defender was informed by the Public Prosecution in Ramallah of this decision on 8 November 2021. His court appearance relates to the charges of “taking part in an illegal assembly”, “incitement of hatred within the communities” and for “denouncing the Palestinian Authority” levied against him on 5 July 2021 for his active role in Lawyers for Justice.

On 4 October, human rights defender and lawyer Mohannad Karajah was threatened with arrest. The human rights defender was previously arrested on 4 July 2021 for advocating for defendants who were arrested for taking part in protests following Nizar Banat’s death. Mohannad Karajah was alleged to have “taken part in an illegal assembly” for attending the protests to monitor human rights violations. As a result, he was accused of “incitement of sectarian prejudices”, a charge often used by the Public Prosecution against human rights defenders to criminalise their human rights work.

Mohannad Karajah is a Palestinian human rights defender and attorney representing Lawyers for Justice, a Palestinian non-governmental, human rights organisation that works to support Palestinian activists and political prisoners held by the Palestinian Authority through legal aid. Lawyers for justice also works on documenting human rights violations which the Palestinians are subjected to by the Palestinian Authority.




France/Israel/Palestine: L’ordre d’expulsion à vie de Jérusalem de Salah Hamouri confirmé


 L’ordre d’expulsion à vie de Jérusalem de Salah Hamouri confirmé

Le ministère israélien de l’Intérieur a annoncé ce lundi 18 octobre la révocation du statut de résident permanent de l’avocat franco-palestinien Salah Hamouri.

Salah Hamouri, avocat franco-palestinien de 36 ans, est né à Jérusalem. Il a toujours vécu en Palestine, c’est son pays et pourtant, aujourd’hui, il risque à tout moment d’être expulsé à vie de sa terre natale.

Jeudi 3 septembre 2020, Salah Hamouri avait été convoqué au centre d’interrogatoire de Moskobiyeh, à Jérusalem. Là-bas, lui avait été remise une lettre du ministre de l’Intérieur israélien. Ce dernier souhaitait retirer purement et simplement la carte de résidence permanente de Salah Hamouri, seul papier officiel lui permettant de vivre, chez lui, à Jérusalem.

“Les actions de Salah Hamouri constituent une violation grave de l’essentiel de son engagement en tant que résident israélien, et un abus de confiance vis-à-vis de l’Etat d’Israël”, avait indiqué Mme Shaked dans un communiqué pour justifier sa décision.

Salah Hamouri avait décidé ensuite de faire appel contre cette décision. Son appel a donc été rejeté ce lundi. Depuis plus de 15 ans maintenant, les autorités israéliennes tentent de briser Salah Hamouri parce qu’il s’oppose à l’Occupation et la colonisation israélienne de la Palestine.

Palestinien par son père, Français par sa mère, (Denise Hamouri est originaire de Bourg en Bresse), Salah Hamouri a grandi à Jérusalem. Il a été incarcéré à plusieurs reprises. En 2005, à 19 ans, alors étudiant en sociologie à Bethléem, il est accusé à tort, soupçonné d’avoir projeté l’assassinat d’un rabbin. Sur la recommandation de son avocate, il plaide coupable, pour éviter une peine de 14 ans de prison. Il sera condamné à une peine de 7 ans.





https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/israel-exile-palestinian-french-human-rights-lawyer (ENGLISH)


Israel/Palestine/France: Arrests of Palestinian rights defenders part of ‘wider crackdown’


The Palestinian Flag in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, expressed concern over arrests, harassment, criminalization and threats targeting these individuals. 

“Arrests and raids on the homes of Palestinian human right defenders form part of a wider crackdown against those defending the human rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” she said

Arrests, forcible transfers 

Ms. Lawlor was alarmed by the arbitrary arrest and detention of Farid Al-Atrash, a human rights defender and lawyer at the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR). 

Mr. Al-Atrash was detained by Israeli military forces after peacefully participating in a demonstration in Bethlehem on 15 June and released on bail eight days later. 

The rights expert also voiced concern over the forcible transfer of Palestinians living in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods in Jerusalem. 

“Muna Al-Kurd, Mohammed Al-Kurd and Zuhair Al Rajabi, human rights defenders at the forefront of protecting their communities against forced displacement, have been arrested and interrogated,” she said. 

Another activist, Salah Hammouri, a Palestinian-French human rights defender and lawyer, is also at risk of having his permanent residency permit in Jerusalem revoked. 




https://www.friendsofhebron.com/free_farid?recruiter_id=1328 (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://news.un.org/fr/story/2021/08/1101512 (FRANCAIS)


Israel/Palestine/France: Jérusalem. Israël s’en prend encore à Salah Hamouri


Salah Hamouri. © Abbas Momani/AFP

La ministre de l’Intérieur veut la révocation du statut de résident permanent à Jérusalem de l’avocat franco-palestinien.

Le nouveau gouvernement israélien prolonge la politique menée par Benyamin Netanyahou. Particulièrement s’agissant de l’occupation des territoires palestiniens. Depuis plusieurs jours maintenant, les colons se déchaînent. Un jeune Palestinien a été tué non loin de Naplouse.

Les détentions administratives se multiplient
De son côté, la ministre de l’Intérieur, Ayelet Shaked, membre de l’extrême droite israélienne, déjà ministre dans l’équipe précédente, poursuit sur sa lancée. Les détentions administratives se multiplient. Ghazanfar Abou Atwan, 28 ans, est en grève de la faim depuis maintenant 62 jours pour protester contre son incarcération arbitraire. Sa santé est en train de se dégrader.

C’est dans une telle situation que Ayelet Shaked vient d’annoncer qu’elle approuvait la révocation du statut de résident permanent de Jérusalem de Salah Hamouri, avocat franco-palestinien, né et vivant à Jérusalem. Une information publiée, ce lundi, sur la version anglaise du site Israel Hayom.






Samidoun Network (@SamidounPP) | Twitter

Israel: Army Abducts A Palestinian Lawyer Near Bethlehem


Israeli soldiers abducted Sunday, a Palestinian lawyer, the head of the southern West Bank office of the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) after stopping him at the Container roadblock, northeast of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank.

The Commission said the soldiers abducted Farid al-Atrash, from Bethlehem, while he was heading back home from Ramallah.

The Commission denounced al-Atrash’s abduction and added that the lawyer suffered a health setback during his abduction before the army moved him to Hadassah Medical center in Jerusalem.

It is worth mentioning that al-Atrash is known for his work for justice and human rights, and in countering violations against the rights of the Palestinian people whether they are committed by Israel, the Palestinian Authority, or any other party.

An essential part of the Commission’s work is defending the rights of children, women, and persons with disabilities.