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Israeli forces arrest Palestinian prisoners' rights worker in West Bank

At 1:00 a.m. Monday morning, Israeli forces entered ‘autonomous’ Area A and arrested Ayman Nasser, a researcher at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Two soldiers held Nasser’s wife at gunpoint while other soldiers searched the house the couple shares with their four children, who range in age from three to 13.  

Nasser is currently being held at a detention facility in Jerusalem. Addameer says that the his arrest represents Israel’s “latest attempt… to target not only Addameer as an organization advocating for Palestinian prisoner’s rights but also the targeting of Palestinian civil society in general.”

Since 1991, Nasser has spent six years in Israeli prisons.

Addameer has been instrumental in publicizing the conditions Palestinian political prisoners face in Israeli jails. Many of these prisoners are in administrative detention without trial. While international law permits administrative detention under very specific circumstances, the Israeli NGO B’Tselem points out that:

According to international law, administrative detention can be used only in the most exceptional cases, as the last means available for preventing danger that cannot be thwarted by less harmful means.

Israel’s use of administrative detention blatantly violates these restrictions. It is carried out under the thick cover of privilege, which denies detainees the possibility of mounting a proper defense. Over the years, Israel has administratively detained thousands of Palestinian for prolonged periods of time, without prosecuting them, without informing them of the charges against them, and without allowing them or their attorneys to study the evidence, making a mockery of the protections specified in Israeli and international law to protect the right to liberty and due process, the right of defendants to state their case, and the presumption of innocence.

A number of Palestinian prisoners have gone on hunger strikes to protest Israel’s use of administrative detention; the hunger strikes have generated international media attention, shining a light on Israel’s questionable treatment of Palestinian prisoners.

Addameer offers legal council to prisoners, monitors conditions, and advocates for prisoners. The organization says that it is under increasing pressure from the Israeli authorities.

Ayman’s arrest comes not long after Addameer Chairperson Abdullatif Ghaith was banned from entering the West Bank and from travelling abroad. In, addition, numerous Addameer staff members have been banned from travelling freely within the OPT and abroad, which has had significant implications on the ability of Addameer to carry out it work in support of Palestinian prisoners and their families.

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    1. Danny

      How do we know the Israeli occupation regime is crumbling? When peaceful resistors are arrested in the middle of the night without charges, this is a clear sign that the despicable bully that Israel has become is feeling the ground shift beneath his feet. As more and more Palestinians become peaceful resistors to the occupation, and the dead mantra of “occupation for security reasons” has less and less adherents in the world, the paranoid, desperate state of Israel begins to en masse arrest innocent men, women and even children, hoping to show the increasingly skeptical world that “security threats” still exist, after all. But Palestinians have the truth on their side (aided by more and more of those pesky video cameras). Like some brainless zombie, the occupation regime doesn’t yet realize that it is in fact dead. Like its South African twin, it will, in due time.

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      • The Trespasser

        More and more Palestinians become peaceful resistors only in minds of very certain kind of people.

        In reality “peaceful resistance” never was widely (>60%) accepted, much less now, as you could’ve read in one of previous articles by Mya.

        You see, by the way, the truth is that Palestinians don’t have 100% of truth, so to say, on their side.

        “Zionis Regime” is arresting “innocent civilians” for almost 70 years, and in real-life world there is not one single reason why it must not be so – until Palestinians and Arabs in general realize that the Jewish State won’t be going anywhere.

        You see, denying Jews right to have a state is as nazist as it gets, and Jews have quite lot of experience dealing with Judeophobic nazis – we’ve had about 3000 years to practice.

        P.S. By the way, the conflict is still not resolved in part because all kinds of “peace activists” give Palestinians empty promises which aforementioned activists are not able to fulfill even theoretically, and are assuring of aid which never comes.
        Lives of 2 generations of Palestinians were wasted because of your self-righteous mindset.

        “Just wait a little longer and we’ll kick evil Joowz out”

        Oops. Seems that these Jews have nowhere to leave, so you’ll have to resort to time-tested practices. There is just about 6 000 000 Jews in Israel. Just keep in mind the inevitable consequences.

        P.P.S. Some other even peskier video cameras filmed today some very interesting footage. I bet you’ve seen it already.

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    2. The Israeli security apparatus does not see itself arresting solely for guilt; arrests into the void of jails acts to chill action by others. If you ask them to demonstrate guilt in the instance, they may well, in unguarded moments, wonder at the nonsense you speak. If the courts (can) intervene in this process, they risk redefining the sacred nature of the IDF; in Israel, this is like ignoring the separation of powers in a constitutional democracy. The only way out I see is expansion of the settlers until the Bank is essentially part of the Israeli economy, linked to Bank residents, transfering the IDF into a police force.

      Nasser has likely been arrested to prevent outside alliance with prisoners, making future hunger strikes unnoticeable. Security appartus spend a lot of effort in trying to make sure past events cannot happen again. Nasser is not a person–just something they don’t want to see again.

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    3. The Trespasser

      “The only way out I see is expansion of the settlers until the Bank is essentially part of the Israeli economy, linked to Bank residents, transfering the IDF into a police force.”

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    4. Piotr Berman

      FASCINATING: “Zionis Regime” is arresting “innocent civilians” for almost 70 years, and in real-life world there is not one single reason why it must not be so – until Palestinians and Arabs in general realize that the Jewish State won’t be going anywhere.

      So Ayman is detained without “legal niceties” because “Palestinians and Arabs in general do not realize that the Jewish state is not going anywhere?

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