Update 8 (republished 13 january 10)

as published before, but with more great news:

BOTH JAMAL AND MOHAMMAD HAVE BEEN RELEASED!!!

Jamal was released yesterday and Mohammad today at 6 pm. They are currently busy giving interviews and reuniting with friends and family.

two articles on Jamal’s release:

WARONWANT

PALESTINE MONITOR

Update 7 (8 Jan. ’10): Press Release Amnesty International

Amnesty International: ‘Israeli detention of Palestinian activists must end’

8 January 2010

The Israeli authorities must immediately release, or bring before a fair trial, three Palestinian human rights activists detained in Israel following their protests against the construction of the West Bank fence/wall, Amnesty International said on Friday.

In a letter sent to Ehud Barak, Israeli Defence and Deputy Prime Minister on Thursday, Amnesty International expressed concern that Jamal Juma’, Abdallah Abu Rahma and Mohammed Othman were prisoners of conscience, held for legitimately voicing their opposition to the fence/wall…READ MORE

You can join Amnesty in calling on Israel to release Jamal, Abdallah and Mohammad, go to this link

Update 6 (6 January 2010)

Tomorrow, thursday 7 January 2010, the next hearing for Jamal will take place at 3 pm at Ofer Prison. BE THERE!

Update 5 (5 January 2010)

On Monday January 4, at a military hearing in Ramallah, an Israeli court extended the detention of human rights activist Jamal Juma’ for a further three days. Despite being held for 20 days, no charges have yet been brought against Jamal.

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Update 4 (4 January 2010)

Latest update after Jamal’s court today:
Jamal’s investigation period extended for another 3 days, next hearing on Thursday.

Statement by Palestinian Human Rights Organisations” ‘Stop the Wall Targeted’ (30 Dec 2009)

Stop the Wall Campaign Targeted: Israel Continues to Violate the Rights of Human Rights Defenders and Peaceful Activists.
Addameer * Al-Haq * Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights*
Al Dameer Association for Human Rights * BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
DCI – Palestine Section * ENSAN Center * Jerusalem Legal Aid Center * Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling

Ramallah, 30 December 2009

Israel has for too long been allowed to violate the rights of human rights defenders and activists. As an occupying power and State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Israel is obliged to respect the rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) as guaranteed under the ICCPR. Palestinian human rights defenders must be guaranteed their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and their right to liberty and security of person.

Since September 2009, Israel has intensified a repression campaign against Palestinian human rights defenders, activists and demonstrators protesting against the Annexation Wall. As part of their repression campaign, which coincided with the release of the Goldstone Report, the Israeli forces have re-launched daily dawn raids in villages affected by the Wall, arresting youths and children, for the purpose of extracting confessions about prominent community leaders advocating against the Wall, and continued to intimidate activists by destroying their private property and threatening them with detention. Finally, Israel has directly targeted the Grassroots “Stop the Wall” Campaign by arresting and intimidating its leaders…

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Letter to Catherine Ashton

Letter to Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Vice President of the European Commission.

“…The arrest and subsequent treatment of Palestinian human rights defenders further highlights Israel’s complete failure to comply with article 2 of the Association Agreement and the goals of the Action Plan. It shows the discriminatory and arbitrary nature of the Israeli judicial system…”

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