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Laith Abu Zeyad against the background of the Separation Wall. Photo courtesy of Amnesty International
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Let Laith Go! Human rights organizations to Israeli government: Lift travel restrictions against Amnesty International employee

The second petition of our colleague from Amnesty International, Laith Abu Zeyad, will be heard today in Jerusalem District Court. Israel has been barring Abu Zeyad from leaving the West Bank for almost a year and a half, since October 2019.

Imposing draconian restrictions that deny millions of Palestinians freedom of movement is a key feature of the Israeli regime. Israel denies Palestinians’ right to travel abroad, while regarding its citizens’ rights to do so as fundamental – as recently affirmed by its High Court of Justice.

Prohibiting Laith Abu Zeyad from leaving the West Bank is yet another example of Israel’s persecution of human rights activists, which is aimed at silencing critics of the regime and of its policies. Nevertheless, these are exactly the measures that expose the nature and goals of the regime.

We stand in solidarity with our colleague from Amnesty International and say again to the government: such harassment will not deter us.

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights, Breaking the Silence, Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement, HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, Human Rights Defenders Fund, Ir Amim, Haqel – In Defense of Human Rights, Kerem Navot, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Torat Tzedek, Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights, Zazim – Community Action