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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At least 11 Palestinians were arrested last night and today by Israeli occupation forces during raids carried out in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, according to local sources.
In occupied Jerusalem, Israeli police detained five Palestinians after beating them up in the Al-Rababa Quarter in the neighborhood of Silwan. The five were attempting to prevent Israeli bulldozers from razing their land in the neighborhood.
Israeli occupation police also detained another Palestinian young man in the neighborhood of Al-Issawiya in occupied Jerusalem.
Meanwhile in Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, Israeli occupation army detained a lawyer, identified as Suheil Ashour, and his son, Fahad, who also works as a lawyer, after raiding their home in the neighborhood of Jabal Johar.
A leading human rights lawyer who urged protesters at an anti-racism march to “demoralise” campaigners from a Israeli lobby group with a sea of Palestinian flags will not face punishment.
Aamer Anwar has escaped discipline for accusing the Confederation of Friends of Israel of “rank hypocrisy”. He urged demonstrators at a Stand Up to Racism march last year to confront members of the group, whom he accused of “denying the right of a people to their own state”.
Sammy Stein, chairman of Glasgow Friends of Israel, said the group attended “to show our abhorrence of racism in all its forms”. Mr Anwar’s comments were, he said, “unfair, untrue and based on total ignorance of our position, which is to advocate for peace for both the
An Israeli court sentenced the lawyer of the PLO’s Prisoners’ Committee to 13 years, six months in prison on Tuesday, Quds Press has reported. Tariq Barghouth was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces on 27 February this year before undergoing harsh interrogation.
To put pressure on him in order to give what are said to be false confessions, the Israelis also arrested his wife and sister. The two women were released later.
Barghouth is one of the most prominent lawyers known for defending Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. He is currently in Nafha Prison in the south of Israel.