UN responsible for the creation of an ‘ethnically homogeneous’ Israel

On the request of Tel Aviv and Washington, the UN blocks all the resolutions critical of Israel. Thus the UN is also reponsible for the realization of Israel’s plan to create a State ethnically homogeneous from the Mediterranean Sea until the Jordan…
On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days.
Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promisedIsrael that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.
In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.
On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

Since 2001, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs and leader of Israel’s far right party, Avigdor Lieberman, proposes to establish four townships in the occupied West Bank, hermetically sealed, which would be grouped the Palestinians. He sees it as a solution for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are more than one million, to move the vast majority of the group in tightly closed, self-administered areas.
Thus would arise a State ethnically homogeneous from the Mediterranean Sea until the Jordan, sheltering in its midst Palestinian “Bantustans”.


NATO-rebels will maintain 'normal relations with other democratic countries'


NATO-rebels: "The future regime will maintain normal relations with other democratic countries, including Israel."



Libyan rebels will recognise Israel

June 3, 2011 - Libya’s rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) is ready to recognise Israel, according to French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, who says he has passed the message on to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

The NTC "will be concerned with justice for the Palestinians and security for Israel" it it takes power, Lévy said after meeting Netanyahu Thursday. 

"The future regime will maintain normal relations with other democratic countries, including Israel." 

Netanyahu's office confirmed the meeting with Lévy but did not comment on the discussion. "The prime minister likes to meet intellectuals," a spokesperson said.

Lévy, who helped persuade France to be the first country to recognise the NTC, visited the rebel-held Libyan city of Misrata last weekend and went on to Jerusalem this week.

Moamer Kadhafi’s regime refused to recognise Israel, even after Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat peace treaty with the country in 1979.

(They call Israel the 'only democratic State in the Middle East')


NATO: terror-bombings

As a reminder:

- March 23, 2011 – Yesterday a war of words erupted between the U.S. and Britain after the U.K. government claimed Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target for assassination.  U.K. government officials said killing the Libyan leader would be legal if it prevented civilian deaths as laid out in a U.N. resolution.
But U.S. defence secretary Robert Gates hit back at the suggestion, saying it would be ‘unwise’ to target the Libyan leader adding cryptically that the bombing campaign should stick to the ‘U.N. mandate’.
- March 25, 2011 – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Caesarea, Israel. Gates discussed with Netanyahu ‘regional security concerns’.

Photo: NATO bombed also the Nasser University and other civilian targets in Tripoli. By terror-bombing and by destroying the country, NATO hopes to break the resistance of the Libyans.

PS.  We can not publish the photo.  The authorities are blocking this message on several blogs.


UN and bribery

UN, the organisation that blocks all the UN resolutions critical of Israel and legalizes the NATO-bombing of civilians, is bribed by Israel.   Israel bribed UN already 984 times. That's why all the UN resolutions critical of Israel were blocked. The UN likes bribery...


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Political prisoners in Israel

اليوم في جلسة المحكمه الاخيره
By:Lola Taha

It was very difficult to publish this message.We can not comment on this message (After publishing a comment, we only see a link to Facebook on our screen).Thanks to certain members of the secret service who help us with our internet problems.


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Turkey has barred an Israeli military flight



Turkey has barred an Israeli military flight from Turkish airspace, in apparent retaliation for Israel's raid on an aid convoy bound for Gaza.

Turkey's prime minister confirmed that a "ban" had been implemented following the 31 May raid, in which nine Turkish citizens on the flotilla were killed.


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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


'l’Iran d’abord, la Palestine, on verra plus tard'


Bienvenue dans la leçon de l'histoire

5.5.2009 - 'La tournée européenne d’Avigdor Lieberman, Le ministre des Affaires étrangères israélien, bénéficie d’un relatif silence politique et médiatique en France. En effet, rares sont ceux qui s’insurgent contre la venue du ministre des Affaires étrangères, l’extrémiste Avigdor Lieberman. Ce dernier, conscient d’un changement progressif de l’opinion européenne depuis la dernière attaque contre la bande de Gaza, a décidé intelligemment de mettre la question iranienne au premier plan, laissant pour le moment de coté la question palestinienne. Lieberman veut convaincre à tout prix les dirigeants européens que la menace iranienne est pour le moment le problème majeur au Proche Orient. Pour la question palestinienne, Lieberman réclame du temps, affirmant que Netanyahu fera des propositions lors de sa prochaine rencontre avec Barak Obama au cours du mois. Du temps, l’administration israélienne en a actuellement besoin pour tenter de trouver sa propre solution sans parler d’Etat palestinien et satisfaire la communauté internationale et en premier lieu l’allié historique américain. Pour changer une image écornée en Europe, la question iranienne sera mise au premier plan. La dernière conférence de Durban a montré que Lieberman pourrait trouver des soutiens a ce niveau. Entre les Etats occidentaux qui avaient opté pour le boycott, craignant de voir Israël mis sur le banc des accusé par certains arabes, et ceux qui ont quitté la salle pendant les propos du président iranien, a montré qu’Israël, pour être audible en Europe avait une carte à jouer sur le cas iranien. Cela permettra ainsi de passer complètement au second plan le cas palestinien, pourtant enjeu majeur au Proche-Orient... '

Younes Salameh
Palestine News Network

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Israel was just playing a 'game'


Israel Closes Gaza Trade Crossings

Just a day after having announced it would ease restrictions, Israel has once again closed all trade crossings leading to the Gaza Strip.

Under international pressure, Israel declared on Thursday that it agreed to a plan to ease the blockade of Gaza.

Pundits say Israel made the move to assuage the world's anger over last month's attack on the Freedom Flotilla which left nine Turkish activists dead.

Hamas officials responded immediately, saying that Israel's decision to ease the blockade of Gaza is a trick to deceive the international community so that it can continue the siege of the territory.

“The trade crossings' closure will end on Sunday, unless Israel once again extends it,” Border Crossings Authority official Raed Fattouh said in Gaza on Saturday.

He stated that Israel declared the crossings open on Thursday and then shut them down on Friday.

Israel has permitted the entry of some 200 selected items in recent weeks, but most goods allowed into Gaza are food products in addition to wood, aluminum, and glass, he explained.

Fattouh added that the permitted goods do not satisfy the needs of the people of Gaza since construction materials and materials needed for factories and other basic supplies are still not allowed in.

(Press TV)


The news that Israel wanted 'ease much of its land blockade on the Gaza Strip hoping to stop growing international criticism following the assault on a flotilla of aid ships in which nine activists were killed', was just a cynical 'game' of Israel and her political friends (United States, Europe, United Nations, Tony Blair, Egypt,).

Online news magazine and journal about Palestine, Israel, the Arab world, and the Middle East. Palestine, Israel, Iraq and International news coverage







Israel and the U.S.A. used the scandalous attack on the Gaza flotilla on 31 May 2010 and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 on 9 June 2010, to provoke the arabian states, the Islamic World and Iran.
Brazil, Turkey and Lebanon were against the additional sanctions and said that the sanctions were a 'failure of diplomacy'.
As expected, on 17 June, during the heads of state and government leaders, the European Council and the european countries approved the new sanctions against Iran. They played the game.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev criticised the unilateral US and EU sanctions on Iran that go beyond those approved by the UN Security Council. But following months of US-led 'diplomacy', Russia agreed.

Let us hope that international protests will stop these new war crimes of Israel and Washington...


Jan Boeykens 


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Israel - Turquie

Erdogan: La Turquie ne restera pas silencieuse face au terrorisme d’Etat d’Israel 

19/06/2010 Le Premier ministre turc a réitéré que son pays ne restera pas silencieuse, face au terrorisme d’Etat du régime sioniste.

Le Premier ministre turc a rappelé, lors d'un discours, à Ankara, diffusé, en direct, par les chaînes de télévision, qu’en dépit de toutes les critiques et menaces des médias et des milieux dépendants, le gouvernement turc ne renoncera, ni à son droit, ni au droit du peuple turc.

"Ankara poursuivra ses efforts, au sein des instances internationales, pour dénoncer le non respect des règles internationales par le régime sioniste", a ajouté M.Erdogan.



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Les prisonniers palestiniens

Mon arrestation fait partie des tentatives de briser le mouvement national de l’intérieur

Par Ameer Makhoul 
Dimanche 13 juin 2010

C’est aujourd’hui qu’a comparu le responsable politique et associatif palestinien, Ameer Makhoul, directeur général de Ittijah (Haïfa) et président de la commission des libertés issu du Haut comité de suivi des masses arabes (intérieur Palestine occupée en 48) devant la cour coloniale de Haïfa pour une audience préliminaire. Il a été accusé par les services du shabak sioniste d’avoir livré des informations « vitales » au Hezbollah, le mouvement de la résistance au Liban. 

Ameer Makhoul a été enlevé à son domicile le 6 mai dernier par la police sioniste accompagnée du Shabak, en plein milieu de la nuit, dans une opération de terreur. Deux semaines auparavant, l’écrivain et médecin Omar Saïd avait été arrêté alors qu’il se rendait en Jordanie par les mêmes services qui ont mis les deux maisons (celle de Ameer Makhoul à Haïfa et celle de Omar Saïd, à Kfar Kanna) à sac. Omar Saïd avait été arrêté pour les mêmes motifs.

Suite à son enlèvement, pendant 23 jours, Ameer Makhoul a été torturé par le Shabak et isolé du monde. Il n’a pu voir ni ses avocats, ni sa famille. Au cours de cette audience du 13 juin, il s’est plaint à la presse des maux qu’il ressent encore, en conséquence de la torture subie, mais a affirmé que son moral était très élevé. Il a déclaré que son arrestation fait partie des tentatives du pouvoir sioniste de briser le mouvement national palestinien de l’intérieur. 

C’est la même épreuve qu’a subie et subit Sheikh Raed Salah, de ce que subit Hanine Zo’bi et tous les responsables et dirigeants nationaux palestiniens de l’intérieur qui osent protester contre l’occupation, la colonisation et le racisme et qui soutiennent la lutte palestinienne et la résistance.

Devant les personnalités, dirigeants et journalistes présents, Ameer Makhoul a déclaré : «Ce qui se passe, ici, ce n’est pas pour des raisons sécuritaires, c’est la condamnation de toute parole arabe que le shabak considère comme une 'matière sécuritaire' et donc une violation politique". Il a ajouté : "Si tu dis quelque chose, cela est pris pour de l’espionnage, si tu fais quelque chose, c’est une attaque à l’explosif. C'est un piège préparé par un Etat avec tous ses appareils, nous nous y opposerons, nous le combattrons et nous le refuserons."

"Je propose aux masses de notre peuple de refuser et de ne pas se soumettre à ces pressions politiques et avant de finir sa phrase, la police sioniste l’a poussé hors du tribunal, ne lui laissant pas le temps de s’exprimer, ni d’accorder des interviews à la presse arabe qui assistait à l’audience.

Source : Nasr-moqawama

Traduction : Nasr


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'Israel to ease Gaza blockade'


Human rights groups say new measures do not go far enough



Israel will ease much of its land blockade on the Gaza Strip, hoping to stop growing international criticism following the assault on a flotilla of aid ships in which nine activists were killed.

A statement from prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office said that Israeli leaders decided today to expand the number of products Israel will allow into Gaza, including construction materials.

"It was agreed to liberalise the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza [and] expand the inflow of materials for civilian projects that are under international supervision," an official statement said, without specifying any product list.

The new arrangements, which were decided upon in a series of meetings between the Middle East Quartet envoy Tony Blair and Netanyahu, over the past 10 days, are expected to cover three areas:

• A list of prohibited goods not allowed into Gaza, replacing the current system of a list of approved goods

• Agreement to allow construction materials for UN-sponsored projects

• Israel to consider allowing EU monitors to be stationed at crossings between Israel and Gaza

Blair described the move as a "very important step".

"It will allow us to keep weapons and weapon materials out of Gaza, but on the other hand to help the Palestinian population there," he told the Israeli daily Haaretz. "The policy in Gaza should be to isolate the extremists but to help the people."

The Israeli cabinet minister Isaac Herzog told Israel's army radio: "We must understand that the blockade implemented until this time is outdated and no longer applicable in the current international and diplomatic climate."

The plan falls short of demands by the international community on Israel to lift the blockade and allow the legitimate Gaza economy to recover.

Currently Israel operates a frequently changing list of items permitted into Gaza, with a ban on all other goods. By reversing this approach to a banned list the hope is that many more items will be permitted and there will be greater transparency and accountability.

Gisha, an Israeli human rights organisation, suggested the move was merely cosmetic.

"The time has come for Israel to ask serious questions about how three years of closure have promoted the goals it declared for itself and what has been the effect on 1.5 million people whose right to travel and to engage in productive work has been denied. We don't need cosmetic changes. We need a policy that recognises the rights of Palestinian residents of Gaza not just to consume but also to produce and to travel."

Chris Gunness, UN spokesman, said the blockade should be lifted entirely. "We need to judge the Israeli authorities by deeds not words because there have been many words in the past," he said.

"What we've been getting into Gaza is a drop in the bucket and, given the scale of the humanitarian task, we need to see the blockade ultimately lifted not eased."

The UN has been trying to import construction materials for the past 18 months to repair schools damaged in the Gaza war of 2008-9 and to construct new buildings to accommodate Gaza's exploding population. Israel has refused on the grounds that the materials could fall into the hands of Hamas and be used to make weapons or build underground bunkers.

The UN has consistently offered to guarantee the security of such material.

The Israeli military said yesterday that it had reached an agreement with the UN on the transfer of humanitarian aid – medical supplies, food and clothing – that was on board the flotilla to Gaza. It made no mention of construction materials that formed the bulk of the flotilla's consignment.

The inquiry set up by Israel to examine the events surrounding the flotilla assault is to hold its first meeting today.


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ETHNIC CLEANSING: Germany - Israel




'While Judenfrei referred merely to "freeing" an area of all of its Jewish citizens, the term Judenrein (literally "clean of Jews") was also used. This had the stronger connotation that any trace of Jewish blood had been removed as an impurity.' Gelnhausen, Germany, was reported Judenfrei on November 1, 1938 by propaganda newspaper Kinzigwacht after its synagogue was closed and remaining local Jews forced to leave the town.

(Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judenfrei)



Since 2001, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Avagdor Lieberman, proposes to establish four townships in the occupied West Bank, hermetically sealed, which would be grouped the Palestinians. More recently he has improved his plan. He sees it as a solution for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are more than one million, to move the vast majority of the group in tightly closed, self-administered areas. Thus would arise a State ethnically homogeneous from the Mediterranean Sea until the Jordan, sheltering in its midst Palestinian “Bantustans”.

(Info: The Union of Progressive Jews of Belgium - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ird4NfIQxNE)


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Noam Chomsky blocked from entering Israel





Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad to The Jerusalem Post: 'The initial decision to deny Chomsky entry was due to a misunderstanding. Chomsky’s name is not on a blacklist of individuals prohibited from entering the country.'

US linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky pauses while addressing the audience at the National Autonomous University's Educational Investigation Institute ...

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Free Ameer Makhoul !


A former nightclub bouncer who courts controversy through his ultra-right-wing views on how to deal with the Palestinians - and makes even the tough-talking L



Israel - Human Rights - Ameer Makhoul - Amnesty International




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.




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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.



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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.



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


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




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.



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Israel: Protest against detention of Ameer Makhoul


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.


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