Sep 20, 2019 14:57 UTC
  • Addameer won’t shirk duties after Israeli forces raided offices in West Bank

The Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, which advocates the rights of Palestinian inmates, has strongly condemned the recent raid by Israeli forces on its offices in the West Bank, emphasizing that such acts of aggression will not prevent it from performing its primary duties.

“The organization will continue to support Palestinian prisoners, and to flight all human rights violations they suffer from, including torture, arbitrary detention and unfair trials,” Addameer said in a statement released on Thursday.

“Addameer sees this (early Thursday) raid as a part of ongoing and systematic attacks against the Palestinian civil society organization. Those attacks are targeting the organizations that have a role in exposing the Occupation's (Israel’s) violations and demanding accountability for those violations. This is, additionally, part of the Occupation's campaign to reduce the scope, de-legitimize and de-fund those human rights and civil society organizations,” the Ramallah-based group pointed out.

The Palestinian human rights group said Israeli soldiers broke into its offices at around 2 a.m. local time on Thursday (2300 GMT Wednesday), and ransacked them. The troops “stole five laptops, memory cards, three laptop memories, one laptop card, [and] several books.”

This is the third time Israeli forces have raided Addameer’s offices. Previous raids took place in 2002 and 2012.

Human rights groups issued strong condemnations of the raid by Israeli forces. 

Amnesty International described the raid as “part of a wider crackdown on Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations and their staff.”