Shin Beit continues to make citizens disappear: activist Ameer Makhoul arrested; Israeli media not allowed to reportPosted: May 8th, 2010 | Author: noam | Filed under: In the News | Tags: Ameer Makhoul, Ittijah, shin beit, the only democracy in the middle east, אמיר מח'ול, ריצ'ארד סילברסטיין | 10 Comments »
Ameer Makhoul, director of the Israeli Palestinian human rights NGO, Ittijah, was arrested last week by Israeli police. The arrest happened Thursday, on 3 AM. According to his wife, Jnan, 16 policemen took part in the raid. They confiscated all the computers in the house, as well as documents, cell phones other personal material. The following morning the police also raided the offices of Ittijah and confiscated computers.
A gag order has been issued on the affair. Makhoul is an Israeli citizen; he lives with his family in Haifa.
A day before his arrest, Makhoul announced his support for boycotting Israeli products from the settlements. Yet according to his wife, the warrant for his arrest was signed on April 23ed, so the reason for the arrest remains unclear. Since the charges against Makhoul are not made public, it is impossible to know whether it is another example to how Israel is beginning to persecute and arrest people for their views and for none-violate actions, or is it indeed a real case of national security. I guess that the gag order was an attempt to avoid exactly those kinds of questions.
here are pictures from the Makhoul family’s’ apartment after the police left it:
Update: blogger Idan Landau is reporting another arrest of an Israeli Arab activist. Dr. Omar Saaid was picked up by Shin Beit on the Jordainian border crossing on April 25, and since then was not allowed to talk to a lawyer or meet with his family. the charges against him weren’t made public.