The Israeli occupation authorities arrested the community leader and
activist Ameer Makhoul, who serves as the general director of Ittijah,
president of the Popular Committee for the Defence of Political Freedoms
and member of the Palestine World Education Forum National Committee.
The authorities broke into Makhoul’s house last Thursday, May 6. 2010, two
weeks after he was issued a prohibition order to leave the country for two
months and thus preventing him form attending the Mexico Social Forum and
the IC meeting in Mexico.
The arrest of Makhoul coincides with the approaching of the 62nd
anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, and thus constitutes another step in
the Occupation’s endeavor to break the will of the Palestinian people,
especially those inside 1948 areas, and their insistence of commemorating
this important event.
We condemn the arrest of Ameer Makhoul. We believe that this arrest is an
expression of the Israeli oppressive policies that negate the rights of
Palestinians inside the state of Israel, and also of the continuous failed
attempts made by the Israeli authorities to eliminate the national
Palestinian identity of its citizens for more than 60 years.
We demand the immediate release of Ameer Makhoul. We also call on all
human rights organizations to express their responsibility by pressuring
the Israeli occupation government to release Ameer Makhoul from prison and
to secure his safe return to his family.
Please send letters of protest to:
– the Head of Israel Israel’s Security Service (Shabak), Yuval Diskin
through this link:
– the Israeli Ministry of Internal Security, Yitzhak Aharonovitch