06/30/2010

Solidarity with the oppressed !


Article in Uitpers, a Dutch belgium website, about Ameer Makhoul and Omar Saïd

http://www.uitpers.be/artikel_view.php?id=2770

www.uitpers.be
Om 3 uur in de ochtend van 6 mei 2010 werd de familie Makhoul uit Haifa opgeschrikt door 20 leden van de Israëlische veiligheidsdienst en de Israëlische politie, die hun huis binnenvielen. Het hele huis werd overhoop gehaald en alle computers en documenten van de hele familie, ook van de twee dochte...


06/26/2010

Ameer Makhoul doit être libéré


LETTRE DE PRISON : AMIR MAKHOUL

 

Publié le 25-06-2010

Otage du gouvernement, qui l’a kidnappé depuis maintenant deux mois, le militant palestinien israélien Amir Makhoul a fini par obtenir, au bout de trois semaines de tortures et d’isolement total, la possibilité d’écrire un petit mot, et de le faire passer à l’extérieur.

Amir Makhoul est le directeur général du Syndicat des associations de la communauté arabe en Israël – ITTIJAH (basé à Haïfa) et chef du Comité populaire pour la protection des libertés politiques.

Dans le cadre d’une politique accélérée d’exclusion de la minorité palestinienne d’Israël, prélude à la déportation de masse appelée de ses vœux par le ministre fasciste Avigdor Lieberman, Makhoul a été arrêté le 28 avril dernier par les services secrets.

Il raconte (traduction Jean-Claude Ponsin)

Le 30 mai 2010 Lettre de la prison de Gilboa,d’Amir Makhoul Apes avoir obtenu une plume et une feuille de papier, qui m’ont été interdites ces trois dernières semaines, et après avoir été autorisé à sortir de mon isolement total, c’est le moment d’écrire cette courte lettre depuis ma prison de Gilboa.

C’est l’occasion pour moi d’exprimer mes sincères remerciements et mes salutations à tous mes collègues, amis et groupes de solidarité internationaux, arabes de la région, israéliens et palestiniens de ce pays et de la diaspora. Un salut spécial à ceux qui ont rendu visite à ma famille et l’ont aidée après le traumatisme de mon arrestation musclée et depuis cette nuit.

C’est le moment de dire combien j’ai apprécié les organisations locales et internationales des droits de l’homme qui sont intervenues avec vigueur, ainsi que les organisations partenaires d’Ittijah qui soutiennent de par le monde ma/notre lutte pour la justice et pour un procès honnête qui prouvera mon innocence.

Physiquement je souffre toujours beaucoup (ndt : Amir a été durement torturé) mais moralement, j’ai pu me rendre compte de ce que signifie la solidarité.

Mon histoire est que le contre-espionnage israélien – le « shabak » - affirme des allégations sans savoir et sans aucune preuve. On m’a demandé et j’ai été contraint de leur expliquer en détail ce que je n’ai jamais fait. Au cas ou ils auraient un problème pour monter leur puzzle, ils ont les outils légaux pour le faire avec leurs fameuses « preuves secrètes », que ni moi ni mes avocats n’avons aucun droit de connaitre Selon les medias israéliens, je suis coupable de soutenir le terrorisme et d’être moi-même un terroriste. Le postulat est que je suis a priori coupable, à moi de prouver le contraire.

Cette falsification de preuves et des procédures légales est fondamentale. Le Shabak peut mentir à la justice grâce aux soi-disant « preuves secrètes », interdire les rencontres avec les avocats, interdire la publication des informations, imposer un isolement complet et utiliser des tortures très sophistiquées, qui ne laissent aucune trace malgré leur grande cruauté (voyez Adalah : www.adalah.org). Je crois que mon cas est l’occasion de connaitre ces outils qui permettent de criminaliser des défenseurs de droits de l’homme.

Je voudrais souligner a nouveau votre soutien et votre solidarité. Je les vois comme un message essentiel et crucial d’aide à la victime et de frein à l’oppresseur. Merci. Continuons dans cette voie pour la justice, la dignité humaine, les droits de l’homme et pour exiger un juste procès. Sincèrement vôtre, Amir Makhoul

CAPJPO-EuroPalestine

http://www.europalestine.com/spip.php?article5215


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Cela ne changera rien.   Nous continuons à travailler autour les droits de l'homme!

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06/22/2010

Human rights Israel: letter to Ameer Makhoul


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Brussels, 22.6.2010

Dear Ameer,

Your trial was supposed to begin today but I've heard that the case (after 47 days) was delayed.

This case is not good for the credibility of Israeli Justice.
In a democratic state, the powers are separate and independent.
In Israel, everything (Justice, politics, religion, secret services,) seems mixed.
Fortunately, there are some journalists and citizens who dare to tell the truth but they are more and more threatened, beaten by the police, falsely accused, imprisoned and tortured.

Greetings from the Ameer Makhoul support group in Belgium

06/03/2010

JUNE 2: FREE AMEER MAKHOUL, TORTURED AT PETACH TIVKA!


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JUNE 2: FREE AMEER MAKHOUL, TORTURED AT PETACH TIVKA!

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

On June 1, thousands took to the streets of Chicago in solidarity with the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and in protest of Israel's ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people and their supporters. On WEDNESDAY, June 2, we have the opportunity to tell the representatives of MORE THAN 70 GOVERNMENTS that there will be no more business as usual with apartheid Israel!


Reject business as usual with Israel and protest Israel's participating in the Chicago Sister City International's Consular Corps Ball!

WHEN: Wednesday, 2 June 2010, 5:30pm
WHERE: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

Join the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago's protest of Israel's participation in the Chicago Sister City International's (CSCI) Consular Corps Ball. The CSCI will host an inaugural ball to mark the program's 50th anniversary, with honorary chairs Mayor Richard M. and Mrs. Maggie Daley. Join the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago's protest of Israel's participation in this event and say, "No business as usual with apartheid Israel!"

This action is part of our ongoing campaign calling on CSCI to drop Petach Tikva and Israel from its program. Heeding the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago rejects an official relationship between the City of Chicago and the Municipality of Petach Tikva in Israel. Under the guise of promoting cultural and education ties, and with the false premise of a people-to-people program, Petach Tikva's inclusion in the Chicago Sister Cities International promotes Israel-US business ties while it simultaneously whitewashes Israel's occupation and human rights abuses.

Palestinian civil society leader in Israel and BDS advocate Ameer Makhoul, arrested by secret police at his home on 6 May 2010, is the latest Palestinian grassroots activist to be held and interrogated at Petach Tikva. It is bitterly ironic that the chairperson of the Chicago Sister Cities International's Petach Tikva program, Daniel B. Shure, is also president of the America Israel Business Chamber of Commerce, which earlier this year advertised on its website a "Fight Back Against the Boycott" to undermine the movement strugglers like Ameer Makhoul are being arrested and persecuted for leading.

So long as Israel continues to occupy Palestinian and Arab land, so long as Palestinian refugees are refused their right to return home, and so long as Palestinians are denied their right to self-determination, we demand that there be no business as normal with Israel.

Join our campaign and directly challenge Israel's supporters in Chicago, and demand real policy change!

FREE AMEER MAKHOUL, TORTURED AT PETACH TIKVA!
ISRAEL'S GUANTANAMO IS NO SISTER OF CHICAGO!
NO CHICAGO TIES WITH ISRAEL!

TAKE ACTION: contact Leroy Allala - Sister City Program Executive Director (leroy.allala@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.1372) and demand an end to the Sister City partnership between Chicago and Petach Tikva!

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115095168526586
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05/15/2010

Free Ameer Makhoul !


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www.thefirstpost.co.uk
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05/12/2010

Israel - Human Rights - Ameer Makhoul - Amnesty International


 

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ISRAEL MUST STOP HARASSMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER

12 May 2010

Amnesty International has called on the Israeli authorities to end their harassment of a human rights activist whose week-long detention by the Israeli authorities was extended today. 

Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was arrested in a dawn raid at his home in Haifa, northern Israel, by the Israeli security services and police on 6 May. He has been charged with "contact with a foreign agent" on the basis of “secret evidence”. 

"Ameer Makhoul is a key human rights defender, well-known for his civil society activism on behalf of the Palestinian citizens of Israel," said Philip Luther, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa Programme. 

"His arrest and continued detention smacks of pure harassment, designed to hinder his human rights work. If this is the case, we would regard him as a prisoner of conscience call for his immediate and unconditional release.” 

Ameer Makhoul has been denied legal advice throughout his detention. The doctor at the prison where he is held has informed his lawyer that he is suffering from pains in his head. 

On the morning of his arrest, Ameer Makhoul was taken to Petah Tikva interrogation centre and, at a hearing the same day, his detention was authorized for six days. Today it was extended until 17 May. 

According to Ameer's wife, Janan Makhoul, during the raid on their home, security forces confiscated mobile phones, laptops, a camera, and documents. 

The same morning, members of the Israeli security forces also raided the office of the association Ittijah in Haifa, where Ameer Makhoul works.   

Ameer Makhoul had already been banned from travelling for two months on 21 April by the Israeli Minister of the Interior Eli Yishai, who said at the time that Ameer Makhoul’s exit from the country “poses a serious threat to the security of the state”. 

The Palestinian activist was only made aware of the ban when he attempted to leave Israel on 22 April, where he was scheduled to begin a series of meetings with civil society activists in Jordan. 

When Amnesty International spoke to Ameer Makhoul in late April he expressed his concern that the travel ban was part of a broader pattern of state repression against the peaceful political activities of Palestinian citizens of Israel, justified under "security concerns". 

In January 2009, the Israeli Central Election Committee banned the National Democratic Assembly (NDA), a party which currently holds three seats in the Israeli parliament and calls for Israel to be "a state for all its citizens", and the United Arab List, which has four parliamentary representatives, from standing in Israel’s general elections under the claim that the parties supported terrorism and "did not recognize Israel's existence as a Jewish and democratic state".   

The Committee’s ban on the two parties was subsequently overturned by the Israeli High Court.   

On 24 April, Omar Said, an activist with the NDA was detained by the Israeli authorities.   

Initially a gagging order was imposed on the Israeli press to prevent reporting of Ameer Makhoul’s and Omar Said’s detentions. 

The lifting of the order led to reports in the Israeli media on Monday that the arrests of both men related to accusations of spying and contact with a foreign agent from Lebanese group Hizbullah. 

Ameer Makhoul has been the General Director of Ittijah, which works on behalf of the Palestinian community in Israel, since its foundation in 1995. 

He is also the chair of the Public Committee for the Defence of Political Freedom within the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee in Israel. 

"In the unlikely event that there are genuine grounds to prosecute Ameer Makhoul he should be charged with recognizable criminal offences and brought promptly to trial in full conformity with international fair trial standards," said Philip Luther.

 

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/israel-must-stop-harassment-human-rights-defender-2010-05-12

 

"Free Ameer Makhoul--الحرية لأمير مخول--ישוחרר אמיר מח'ול": http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115095168526586

על מנועי חיפוש, ישראלים חסרי סבלנות ומה שביניהם. http://freedomofsearch.blogspot.com/2008/05/blog-post.html

Gaza Prisoner Protest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4V8lEcFfBQ

 


 

Janan Makhoul: 'Arabs live under military rule'


 

Makhoul's wife




Janan Makhoul: Arabs live under military rule

Raanan Ben-Zur
Published: 5.12.10

Israel News

Janan Makhoul, wife of espionage suspect Ameer Makhoul, said Wednesday that no one "will succeed in frightening us or breaking us".

 

Makhoul spoke before entering the Petah Tikvah Magistrates' Court for a hearing on the remand of her husband's arrest, which took place behind closed doors.

It was later decided to extend Makhoul's remand by five days.

Meanwhile dozens who support the Arab activist and Omar Said, who was arrested together with him on similar charges, gathered to protest outside the court.

Meanwhile dozens who support the Arab activist and Omar Said, who was arrested together with him on similar charges, gathered to protest outside the court.

"Since Ameer was kidnapped from home our lives have been difficult, but we are dealing with it," she said. Makhoul added that her husband was being held under worse conditions than other prisoners and that he was being prevented from seeing his attorney.

"It's a democratic and legal right, but he is not being given this right," she said. "The Shin Bet will not frighten us. I was born during the time of the military regime here and now there is a military rule towards Israeli-Arabs. They are trying to terrorize us and our girls but we are strong and will not break."

Wednesday's protest for Makhoul (Photo: Ido Erez)

One of Makhoul's daughters also spoke, saying, "We are sure our father did not spy and are waiting for him to come home."

Outside the courthouse, dozens of activists held up signs saying, "No to political persecution" and "Release Ameer Makhoul and Omar Said".

Another of Makhoul's daughters said it was "heartwarming to see the support of Jews who came here to protest dad's situation".

Among the protestors was Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, and former MK Isam Makhoul, Ameer's brother. "Yesterday Salah was acquitted of a criminal case," he said.  "Just as it ended for him it will end for Ameer, and it will be proven that a mountain was made out of a molehill."

A number of passersby were angered at the protest and yelled out derogatory comments. "I don't have a problem with the Arabs, it is their right to protest, but what bothers me is that Jews are protesting with them. They should be locked in a dungeon for life," one bystander said.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3888535,00.html

 

"Free Ameer Makhoul--الحرية لأمير مخول--ישוחרר אמיר מח'ול": http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115095168526586

על מנועי חיפוש, ישראלים חסרי סבלנות ומה שביניהם. http://freedomofsearch.blogspot.com/2008/05/blog-post.html

Gaza Prisoner Protest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4V8lEcFfBQ

 

 

HUMAN RIGHTS ISRAEL: Action Ameer Makhoul’s court case


ACTION court case: 12.5.2010

AmeerFree all prisoners

Stop repression of Palestinian civil society

Join the protest at Ameer Makhoul’s court case

Join the protest at the next court hearing of Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian human rights defender and serves as the General Director of Ittijah – The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations and Chairman of the Public Committee for the Protection of Political Freedoms in the framework of the High Follow-up Committee for the Arab Citizens of Israel.

 


When:

Wednesday, 12 May 2010 , 10 am (court hearing: 10:30 am)


Where: 

First Instance Court at Petah Tikva

Bazel Str. 1, at the corner of Shimshon Street

in front of Rabin Hospital – Bellinson

 

For a google map see: http://bit.ly/afSo7d)

 

For more details, please contact: Adv.Hussein Abu Hussein, Ittijah, Chairperson, 054-5428860

 

 

BACKGROUND

On May 6, 2010 at 6 am the Israeli General Security Service accompanied by Israeli police raided his home in Haifa and arrested him. Makhoul is still not allowed to see his lawyer.

Ameer Makhoul’s arrest, detention and a previously imposed travel ban are based on emergency regulations and “secret” information that is never disclosed to the defense. They are a flagrant violation of the UN Declaration and the EU guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. Palestinian human rights of freedom of movement, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association as well as the right to protection from arbitrary arrest are daily violated.

Israel blatantly disregards all democratic principles in order to prevent Palestinian – and indeed all - civil society to speak out and to crush the popular movement to defend the rights and existence of the Palestinian people.

Mr. Makhoul’s case is only one example amidst a recent escalated campaign by Israeli authorities against Palestinian human rights defenders and civil resistance. In addition to arbitrary arrest and detention, Israeli authorities have applied travel bans against a number of Palestinian human rights defenders in recent months.

Israeli authorities have also started to target Palestinian, Israeli and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) as part of their wider campaign against Palestinian human rights defenders. Measures used include raids of organizations’ offices, deportation of organization staff and volunteers, a new policy of visa denials for international NGO workers, and pending legislation in the Knesset that would enable the Israeli government to close down any organization that gives information to foreign actors or participates in legal efforts outside Israel to try Israeli officials for war crimes.

http://freeameermakhoul.blogspot.com/2010/05/stop-repression-of-palestinian-civil.html


 

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על מנועי חיפוש, ישראלים חסרי סבלנות ומה שביניהם. http://freedomofsearch.blogspot.com/2008/05/blog-post.html

Gaza Prisoner Protest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4V8lEcFfBQ

Press: 

http://www.humtum18.com/world-news/hundreds-of-israeli-palestinians-protested-against-detention-of-ameer-makhoul/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/may/11/israel-dissent-arab-repress-liberties

 

 

 


05/11/2010

Israel: Protest against detention of Ameer Makhoul


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Hundreds of Israeli Palestinians protested against detention of Ameer Makhoul

TEL AVIV - The pre-dawn arrest of a prominent Israeli-Palestinian human rights activist has this week become a rallying cry for the country’s Palestinian minority.

Yesterday, hundreds of Israeli Palestinians protested against last week’s detention of Ameer Makhoul, protesting that it was part of an escalating campaign to crack down on Israel’s Palestinian citizens. Mr Makhoul is an outspoken critic of Israel and one of the key backers of a new Palestinian boycott on goods produced in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The demonstrators included his wife, who held up a placard plastered with a photo of her husband along with a demand to free him. 
Among the protesters were Israeli-Palestinian legislators, including Jamal Zahalka, who declared the arrest was an attempt to “put us into a political ghetto” and pledged that “major protests were on their way”.

Israeli police and the country’s Shin Bet internal security service yesterday partly lifted a gag order on Mr Makhoul’s arrest, saying that he was suspected of spying for Lebanon’s Hizbollah militia, against which Israel fought a month-long war in mid-2006. 
A statement from the Shin Bet said Mr Makhoul, along with another Israeli-Palestinian activist, Omar Sayid, who was arrested in late April, were detained for “severe security offences including contacting a Hizbollah agent”. The two men have not yet been charged, according to a police spokesman. Colleagues of Mr Makhoul, the general director of Ittijah, the umbrella group for Palestinian non-governmental organisations in Israel, and the brother of a former member of the country’s parliament, deny the accusations. Hussein Abu Hussein, a lawyer and the chairman of Ittijah, called the suspicion “ridiculous” and said in an interview: “It’s true that he has connections with activists in the Arab world, but also in Europe and in the US and only in the field of human rights. I have no doubt that he has no relations with Hizbollah.” According to Mr Hussein, the arrest of Mr Makhoul, who is not known for advocating violence, was Israel’s way of relaying a message to its Palestinian citizens. He added: “Israel is trying to show that no one is immune and that he should lower his voice against Israeli practices inside the green line and in the occupied territories.”

Mr Makhoul was detained at around 3am last Thursday at his home in the northern Israeli city of Haifa. Despite the gag order imposed immediately on the case, nine human rights organisations have publicised it by swiftly issuing a joint statement demanding his release. 
According to the statement, 16 Shin Bet agents were accompanied by police officers as they raided Mr Makhoul’s home, citing unspecified security reasons. They confiscated documents, maps, the family’s four mobile phones, two laptops, hard drives from the desktop computers of Mr Makhoul’s two teenage daughters, a camera as well as his wife’s tape recorder.

A similar raid took place at the same time on Ittijah’s offices nearby. Soon after, Mr Makhoul’s detention was extended for six days and he was denied access to a lawyer for at least two days, the groups said. The arrest came just weeks after Israel’s right-wing, ultra-Orthodox interior minister signed an order prohibiting Mr Makhoul from leaving the country for two months, saying his exit “poses a serious threat to the security of the state”, according to the groups’ statement. Palestinian groups claim Mr Makhoul’s arrest reflects a stepped-up Israeli campaign against human rights defenders in general and Palestinian activists in particular. Along with arrests, the campaign also includes raids, deportations, travel bans and visa denials, they say. 
Abeer Baker, a lawyer for Adalah, a Haifa-based legal group advocating for Palestinian rights, and which is representing Mr Makhoul and Mr Sayid, said: “These actions are the extreme aspects of the criminal law – they should be used exceptionally, but they are used very often against Arab leaders in Israel. This is a way to limit our rights to criticise publicly.” Ms Baker said the campaign has intensified since the predominantly right-wing, pro-settler government of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office more than a year ago. She added: “It’s a political attack in which they use emergency regulations, criminal law and the most extreme provisions of the Israeli law.” 
Masud Ganaim, a Palestinian legislator in Israel’s parliament, lambasted the arrest in an e-mail as a “clear proof of racism … for whomever claims Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East”.

Indeed, Mr Makhoul’s arrest is only the most recent example of such actions against Arab citizens. 
According to Ms Baker, a non-governmental organisation registered in Israel and advocating for the rights of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails was shut three months ago by the Israeli defence ministry, which had cited security reasons.  Such actions are drawing more support among Israelis, who, according to analysts, are increasingly drifting to the right. Indeed, a poll released in late April by Tel Aviv University showed that more than half of Jewish Israelis believed human rights groups that exposed immoral behaviour by Israel should not be allowed to operate freely, and that the government permitted too much freedom of expression.

http://www.humtum18.com/world-news/hundreds-of-israeli-palestinians-protested-against-detention-of-ameer-makhoul/