Israeli forces arrest Palestinian human rights activist

24 April 2001

At Rafah border crossing yesterday, Israeli forces arrested attorney Adnan Ibrahim Al Hajar, 33, coordinator of the Legal Unit at Gaza’s Al Mezan Human Rights Center. Al Hajar, from Jabalia refugee camp, is a human rights activist and defence lawyer for Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons. Al Hajar was returning from Egypt with a Palestinian delegation that had taken part in a course on legislation – ‘Empowering the Work of the Palestinian Legislative Council’ - organised by the Arab World Center for Research and Training. The delegation left Gaza on April 5 and returned on April 23. Al Hajar’s arrest, part of Israel’s aggressive policy against human rights lawyers and journalists, is yet another attack on Palestinians who speak out against Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights, especially during the Intifada. Palestinian human rights activists have been working hard to draw world attention to Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights. Law Society is very concerned about Al Hajar’s arrest and calls on human rights organisations to expose Israel’s attempt to silence human rights activists and pressurise the Israeli government to release Al Hajar immediately.

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