During the last court hearing for Salah Khawaja, his defense successfully challenged the trumped up charges brought against him. At that stage, the prosecution of the Israeli military court resorted to presenting a ‘secret file’ to ask for continued imprisonment of Salah. The judge adjourned the proceedings and suspended his decision until a further hearing. Uptodate the court has not announced any date for further hearing, while continuing to keep Salah Khawaja in pre-trial detention.
UN Special Rapporteur on the OPT, Michael Lynk, and the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Michel Forst, have issued a statement denouncing that human rights activists in the occupied Palestinian territories face "daily violations of some of the most fundamental protections afforded by international human rights and humanitarian laws". The statement has been also endorsed by Mr. Roland Adjovi, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, and Mr. Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.
Still the Israeli military courts have not decided on the case of Salah Khawaja. As well today the case has been adjourned, this time until December 20. This will bring Salah's incarceration to almost two months. Please help us to keep up the pressure! Write to your government representatives and diplomatic missions in Palestine now to ask their intervention to stop Israeli repression of Palestinian human rights defenders.
Yesterday, the Israeli military court once again refused to decide on Salah Khawaja’s case, extending with this his arrest until the next court hearing, set for Thursday December 15 at 11 am at Ofar military detention facility.
The European External Action Service has responded to the calls from Palestinian and European civil society to pressure Israel to #FreeSalah Khawaja and end the repression of human rights defenders. We thank all European organisations, activists, members of parliament and the ECCP, which has put the case of Salah Khawaja on the agenda of the recent EU lobby days, for their efforts to #FreeSalah and to end Israeli repression of human rights defenders.
At the court hearing held on December 1 at Ofar detentino facility, the Israeli military court decided to postpone its decision on Salah Khawaja's case to a final hearing on December 11. The court hearing has seen significant presence of consular and international observers. It is the moment to intensify our pressure on Israel to uphold the rights of human rights defenders and due process in its trials. Please keep contacting your governments to intervene with Israel.
Yesterday the appeal hearing adjourned from Sunday has upheld the 9 days extension of the interogation period for Salah Khawaja. A next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday, December 1 2016 at Ofar detention center, close to Ramallah.
Another case of Israeli repression of Palestinian human rights defenders - Latest: November 23, the Israeli military court extended the interrogation period for Salah Khawaja for 9 days. Upcoming court hearing appealing the decision: November 27, 16h at Ofar military detention facility. For more see the fully updated dossier here.
Three solidarity protests have already been held in the West Bank and Gaza demanding Salah’s immediate release while foreign ministries are briefed about his case and pressured to act. Read here to learn more and see what you can do.
Yesterday, Wednesday November 16, a new hearing against Salah Khawaja took place at the Israeli military court in Petah Tikva: The court decided to extend the interrogation period for another 8 days. In the meanwhile Israeli forces had stormed once again into the heart of Ramallah in the preceding night and had raided the offices of the Health Development Information and Policy Institute (HDIP), leaving destruction behind and confiscating archives and technological equipment.
The hearing at the Israeli military court in Petah Tikva ruled Salah Khawaja would be subjected for another 8 days of interrogation. It further revealed the shocking physical conditions Salah is in after having been subjected to two weeks of almost non-stop interrogation already for two weeks. Join us to #Free Salah.
The Portuguese Ministry of Justice announced that it has withdrawn from a joint EU-funded project with the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, the Israeli National Police and Israel’s Bar Ilan university. The LAW TRAIN project, aimed at unifying police interrogation methodologies, has generated controversy in Portugal because of vocal opposition to Israel’s participation in the EU’s Horizon 2020 research framework and the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Israeli entities taking part.
It is time for European citizens to demand not a penny more of their tax money be spent on Israeli military and security corporations
As European leaders are gathered in Brussels to discuss the future of the EU, they would be well advised to put into effect values of accountability, justice and solidarity - and halt funding for Israel's repressive apparatus against Palestinian youth.
New concerns arise as activists discovered the EU-Israel partnership through the LAWTRAIN Project in the framework of the EU HORIZON 2020. The project is meant to unify the methodology for interrogation among Israeli and EU police forces and is a de facto normalisation of Israel’s most cruel practices, including physical and psychological torture, ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, threats, racial discrimination. With the risk of proliferation of Israeli practices in EU countries, European justice systems risk intensification of inhumane treatment, too. Recognising as legal the Israeli systems of oppression such as inhuman techniques of torture, the EU is violating its obligations under international law.
News Bulletin of the events from the 19th October 2015
1. Deaths: Hoda Mohamed Darwish, 65-years-old, died after inhaling tear gas that was fired by the Israeli forces at Al-Mansoob checkpoint at the eastern entrance to the town of Al-Esaweh in Jerusalem and then being denied access to the hospital by Israeli forces.
2. Injuries: 195 civilians injured in the West Bank, 2 from live ammunition, 37 with rubber coated metal bullets, 136 cases of suffocation from tear gas and 20 injuries by beating.
The demonstrations and protests have been spreading all over historic Palestine. They have intensified in the Palestinian cities across the Green Line and protests in Gaza have cost six lives in one day only. The revolt is continuing as settlers have attacked Palestinians, especially in the Old City and Salfit area. As Israeli authorities are shooting live ammunition and engage across the line in extra-judicial killings, the mayor of Jerusalem has asked Israeli-Jewish citizens to wear their arms while in the streets.
The daily news reports continue. Below you can find a summary of what went on during last Thursday 8th of October. Our corrispondent present in the Occupied Territories due to an electricity cut and poor internet connection, only managed to update us today. A brief bulletin of the multiple clashes and their consequences can be read below, giving you an idea of how widespread the Palestinian revolt against the Israeli oppressor is becoming.
October 7th 2015 – Resistance and Repression in Palestine
A brief report.
The rebellion unfolding in the West Bank and increasingly across the Green Line is a direct response to Israel’s intensified ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people and its almost seven decades old regime of occupation, apartheid and settler colonialism. It has seen yet another day of protests and murderous attacks by Israeli forces and settlers.
Below are the main events of October 7 in the Palestinian grassroots attempt to stop Israel’s plans to reduce the Palestinian people to shattered Bantustans in the West Bank and an open-air prison in Gaza.
Following the events of the previous days clashes continued to unfold, finding no rest. A spark has been lit and the present-day Palestinian uprising continues against the Israeli colonial regime and daily repression. Below is a summary of what happened Tuesday across the Occupied Territories of the West Bank.
Addameer reports on Hassan's case: "The Jalameh Military Court extended the detention and interrogation of activist and human rights defender HASSAN KARAJAH for 5 more days.His next hearing will be on Thursday 28 February 2013 in Ofer Military Court. The prosecution requested that his detention be extended eight days, which was reduced to 5 days.
Our brother and son, Mahmoud Sarsak, is a 25 years old professional footballer from Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, today entering his 67th day of hunger strike. We ask you to support Mahmoud and his demand for fair treatment. Your voice can contribute to saving his life and to a little victory against injustice.
The Palestinian political prisoners have become a symbol of steadfastness and unbreakable determination to stand up for freedom and justice. Counting on nothing more than their own imprisoned bodies and their free spirits, their hunger strikes have already been able to raise awareness and mobilize people across Palestine and the world.
This morning over a thousand people gathered in front of the Red Cross building in Ramallah/Al Bireh to join the protest organized by the Palestinian youth movements and political parties in solidarity with Khadr Adnan and all Palestinian political prisoners.
The protest was organized in conjunction with a general strike proclaimed from noon time to 2 pm.
Ramallah, 14 February 2012 – Herak Shebabi expresses its grave concern for the life of Khader Adnan, who received no decision yet in the appeal against his administrative detention order. On the 59th day of his hunger strike, Khader’s health has entered an alarmingly critical stage that will likely have irreversible consequences and could lead to his fatal collapse at any moment.