Apr 08, 2021 05:57 UTC
  • Amnesty censures Israel’s ‘wanton disregard’ for human rights in Palestinian case

Amnesty International has decried Israel over its “wanton disregard” for international human rights law in the case of an Israeli court upholding a travel ban against a Palestinian campaigner for the Britain-based group.

The human rights organization said on Tuesday that a judge at Al-Quds District Court “rubber-stamped” a travel ban against Laith Abu Zeyad.

According to Press TV, Israel denies the Palestinian his freedom of movement. He has been banned since 2019.

“For the second time in less than a year, Israeli authorities, including the judiciary, have demonstrated their wanton disregard for international human rights law,” said Agnes Callamard, Amnesty’s Secretary General, referring to a previous petition filed for the removal of the ban in November 2020 which was dismissed.

“Laith has now been living under these arbitrary restrictions for more than 500 days and the Israeli authorities have yet to provide an adequate explanation beyond the bogus claim that Laith poses a ‘security threat’ which they never specified,” Callamard said.

She stressed that Israel hit Abu Zeyad with the travel ban as “a reprisal for his work as a human rights defender.” 

“It has prevented Laith from doing critical advocacy work internationally and barred him from working at Amnesty International’s office in the Occupied East al-Quds.”

Abu Zeyad learned that he was banned from traveling abroad for “security reasons” after he waited for four hours at the Israeli-controlled Allenby Bridge Crossing between the occupied West Bank and Jordan on October 26, 2019 as he was on his way to attend a relative’s funeral.

For the same undisclosed reasons, Abu Zeyad was denied a humanitarian permit to accompany his mother to al-Quds for cancer treatment in September 2019.