Jewish Chronicle pays libel damages to Palestine charity By Asa Winstanley

2 September 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

The British charity operates in Palestine and in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. (Interpal)

Interpal, a British charity which aids Palestinians, has won $60,000 in libel damages from The Jewish Chronicle.

The newspaper’s editors published an apology in August stating that they “accept that neither Interpal, nor its trustees, have ever been involved with or provided support for terrorist activity of any kind.”

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Rachel Corrie’s family claim Israeli military withheld vital video evidence

11 July 2011 — The Guardian – Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem

American activist’s father says incomplete footage was given to court hearing into his daughter’s death in Gaza

The family of Rachel Corrie, the US activist killed in Gaza while protesting against house demolitions in 2003, on Monday claimed the Israeli military authorities withheld video evidence during the Corries’ civil lawsuit and misled US officials on crucial details.

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Israel Tries to Expel People For Their Beliefs By Noam Sheizaf

29 March, 2010 – The Only Democracy

Pay close attention to this item. It doesn’t seem like much, but its an important one:

Two international activists, Ariadna Jove Marti (from Spain) and Bridgette Chappell (Australia), who are living in Bir Zeit in the West Bank (its near Ramallah, and well within the Palestinian Autonomy), were arrested by the IDF last month. The two were about to be expelled from Israel, and as it happens in most cases, they appealed against the decision to the Israel Supreme Court.

As Chaim Levinson reports in Haaretz, while trying to defend the arrests and deportation, the state argued before the court that the two activists belong to the International Solidarity Movement, an organization that supports an ideology that is anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian and universally revolutionary.

There are two precedents here, and I cant overstate their importance:

A. The main charge against the activists had nothing to do with national security, but with the ideas they expressed (the state even presented before the court quotes taken from an internet site!). The crime involved words, not actions.

It is, to the best of my knowledge, the first (but certainly not last) attempt to present critic of Zionism or support for the Palestinian cause as illegal, and whats even worse is that the actual arrest was carried out not by police and under orders from the state attorney, but by the army.

It takes a very flexible definition of democracy to describe a regime which makes questioning the dominant ideology a criminal offense.

B. The arrest of the two activists took place in the Palestinian Autonomys territory (area A according to the Oslo agreement). Israel often claims that the situation in the West Bank cannot be labeled as Apartheid, since the Palestinians have their own state-like entity. But as we saw in this case (as well as in others), Israel does not respect this autonomy, and its security forces are acting freely within the Palestinian towns and villages, even in cases which have nothing to do with Israeli national security.

This time, the court was very critical of the evidence presented by the state, and it ruled that it will hear the two activists plea. However, as we have come to know in the past, courts cannot hold for a long time against government or security forces policies. If the current trends continue, we are not that far from a day in which questioning Zionism might lead to imprisonment something which was unthinkable not that long ago.

I really don’t think people are aware enough of whats going on in Israel right now. The rise of racism, the rapid escalation in [attacks on] human rights, the attacks on freedom of speech, the campaign against human rights activists this is a country on a very dangerous path.

Cross-posted from his Promised Land blog with permission.

PCHR Condemns IOF Pursuit of International Human Rights Defenders in the West Bank

8 February 2010 — Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Press Release Ref: 07/2010

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the continued persecution of international human rights defenders in the West Bank by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) and the deportation of international activists from the country.  PCHR is concerned about such measures, as they aim to expel international witnesses of human rights violations perpetrated by IOF against Palestinian civilians during peaceful protests against the construction of the Annexation Wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 03:00 on Sunday, 07 February 2010, IOF moved into the cities of Ramallah and al-Bireh. They stormed an apartment building in al-Bireh in which a number of international human rights defenders live.  After checking the visas in their passports, IOF arrested Ariadna Jove Marti, 24, a Spanish journalist, and Bridgette Chappell, 25, an Australian student at Bir Zeit University, and took them to Ofer Prison, pending their deportation from the county, citing their expired visas as the reason.  The two women are activists in the International Solidarity Movement. An Israeli military spokesman claimed that the women are “known for being involved in illegal riots that obstruct Israeli security operations.”

The detention of these two activists from an area controlled by the Palestinian National Authority is part of an IOF campaign against Palestinian and international human rights defenders in the West Bank, aiming to silence voices of Palestinians and hinder internationals from witnessing Israeli violations of human rights in the West Bank.  It is worth noting that IOF have denied international human rights defenders access to the Gaza Strip for several years in order to prevent them from observing serious human rights violations, especially the humanitarian crisis of the Palestinian civilian population due to the ongoing illegal siege imposed on Gaza.

PCHR deeply appreciates the role played by international human rights defenders and solidarity activists, and:

  1. Reiterates its condemnation of the IOF’s persecution, and, in some cases, deportation, of Palestinian and international human rights defenders;
  2. Calls upon the international community to assume its responsibilities with regard to war crimes and serious human rights violations perpetrated by IOF in the Occupied Palestinian Territory; and
  3. Recommends that international civil society organizations, including human rights organizations, bar associations and international solidarity groups, become more involved in the process of locating suspected Israeli war criminals and urge their governments to prosecute them.

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For more information please call PCHR office in Gaza, Gaza Strip, on +972 8 2824776 – 2825893
PCHR, 29 Omer El Mukhtar St., El Remal, PO Box 1328 Gaza, Gaza Strip. E-mail: pchr@pchrgaza.org, Webpage http://www.pchrgaza.org

Eileen Fleming: GazaFriends – Kidnapped at Gunpoint and Deported by Israeli Forces: And She Will Return

6 December, 2008

On November 18, 2008, Darlene Wallach of California was kidnapped at gunpoint by Israeli forces and deported to New York City on Thanksgiving Day. She arrived without money, passport, cell phone, warm winter clothes and had no way of contacting her family and friends in California, London, or Cyprus.

Darlene spoke to me on the phone from the home of the parents of an International Solidarity Movement/ISM activist who met her at JFK Airport.

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led NONVIOLENT movement that resists the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land in creative and always nonviolent ways. ISM was founded by a few committed thoughtful people in August, 2001. ISM supports and strengthens the NONVIOLENT Palestinian popular resistance front by providing international presence and a voice that will not be silenced.

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