Israeli Troops Raid Palestinian Human Rights Offices

The photo shows part of the border wall between Israeli and Palestinian territory, near Ramallah, where the al-Haq office is located. (Photo courtesy of W. Hagens: senadmessage.nl took the picture, for W. Hagens: copyrights have been transferred to him., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

On Friday, Israeli troops raided the offices of several Palestinian human rights and aid organizations. Last year, the Israeli government claimed these organizations had ties with terrorism.

al-Haq

Jonathan Kuttab serves on the board of Bethlehem Bible College. He is a human rights attorney, and he founded one of these organizations: al-Haq. He says, “Al-Haq is a world-class, world-famous human rights organization that has received more than 46 international awards for human rights advocacy. And it doesn’t hesitate to criticize the Palestinian Authority and Hamas as well as the Israeli government.”

Some European governments froze their support to al-Haq and the other organizations to investigate the claims. But they found no evidence of terrorism. Kuttab says, “So the Israelis went one step further. They sealed these organizations up with metal sheets. Then people just came and tore off the metal sheets, and they continued working.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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