Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Israel Seeks to Silence Dissent

Repressive practices long used in the West Bank and Gaza are now being used to limit civil liberties within Israel

Ben White, The Guardian/UK, May 11, 2010

Last Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, a Palestinian community leader’s home was raided by Israeli security forces. In front of his family, the wanted man was hauled off to detention without access to a lawyer, while his home and offices were ransacked and property confiscated.

While this sounds like an all-too typical occurrence in West Bank villages such as Bil’in and Beit Omar, in fact, the target in question this time was Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and head of internationally renowned NGO network Ittijah.

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