Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY- Palestinians living under occupation are already trapped in a system of control, that touches every aspect of their lives and severely limits their movement, Amnesty International’s Campaigner on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Heba Morayef commented.
Marayef responded to the Jerusalem District Court hearing into the petition to lift the punitive travel ban imposed on Laith Abu Zeyad,as saying that in devastating news, the court today asked them whether they wanted to withdraw their petition to lift the travel ban against thier Amnesty International colleague and friend Laith, indicating that the judge has accepted the Israeli Security Agency’s position based on the ‘secret information’ which their lawyer was prevented from reviewing and therefore challenging, in clear violation of due process rights.
She said that Jerusalem District Court's hearing demonstrates the Kafkaesque nature of Israeli justice for Palestinians, who are denied fundamental due process, such as the opportunity to effectively challenge the state’s evidence.
She explained that This travel ban confines Laith to an even smaller area and puts him in the long list of Palestinian and Israeli human rights defenders who have become a target for the authorities.
She stressed that it is a fundamental part of the right to a fair trial that an accused should be able to view the evidence against them. But Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation are stripped of such basic civil and political rights and face systematic oppression on a daily basis, led by the Israeli Security Agency, who in many cases has the last word. Laith’s case illustrates this, as well as the constant risks that human rights defenders take to protect the rights of others.”