Posted by: Lister | March 22, 2009

Shawan Jabarin

From Haaretz (Via ddt):

Israel is preventing the director general of the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, Shawan Jabarin, from travelling to the Netherlands to accept a prize. The Supreme Court has been asked to review Jabarin’s petition to reverse the Shin Bet’s decision.

The Geuzenpenning Prize for Human Rights Defenders will be given at a ceremony next week. The country’s royal family is scheduled to attend, and Israel’s refusal to allow Jabarin to travel to the Netherlands is straining relations with the European country.

[…] For the past three years, the Shin Bet has prevented Jabarin from traveling abroad, arguing he is a member of the People’s Liberation Front for Palestine, and “his travel may endanger regional security.”
[…] The Supreme Court is scheduled to deliberate Jabarin’s petition today. The petitioners stress that the refusal to permit Jabarin to travel abroad suggests he is being targeted for securing human rights for his people.

[…] “How can it be that my stay in the Netherlands constitutes a higher security threat than my being in Ramallah?” Jabarin told Haaretz.

“For the past 22 years, the Shin Bet has argued that I am an active member in the Popular Front. During this entire period, I was never tried for this and obviously was never given an opportunity to defend myself against such a charge. Their evidence is secret and classified and is hidden from me and my lawyers. I have been an activist in Al-Haq since 1987, and I am not an activist for the Popular Front,” Jabarin said.

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  1. world is now at chaotic and anarchy stage.haaay…dropping by….


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