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Hamas condemns Israeli court ruling to expel Shaker Omar

last update : 06/11/2019 - 09:28 PM ( Since 6 days )

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Gaza, (alresalah.ps)-- The Islamic Resistance Movement, "Hamas" condemned Israeli decision to expel "Human Rights Watch" in occupied Palestine, Omar Shaker.

“The decision reflects the extent of racism and fascism of this Zionist entity, and aims to withhold the truth from the world, and from international human rights and humanitarian organizations,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a press statement on Wednesday.

 “The incident should spurt Human Rights Watch and other human rights institutions to continue and intensify their work in detecting and documenting all violations and crimes committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Barhoum pointed out that “The continuation of these hostile policies by the Israeli occupation underscores the need for credible action by international and human rights institutions to bring Israel to justice”.

On Tuesday, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered Human Rights Watch “to leave the country within a maximum of 20 days”.

The ruling said that human rights watchdog, Omar Shaker, needed to leave the region for the next 20 days on charges of supporting the boycott of Israel.

In 2018, Israeli authorities indicated that Shaker had been active for years in the BDS movement and actively supported boycotting Israel.

Omar Shaker tweeted on September 24: “Walking into the Israeli Supreme Court to challenge the government’s deportation order against me over my human rights advocacy. We are ready”.

“Human Rights Watch is an independent, international, nongovernmental organization that promotes respect for human rights and international law”, said Tom Porteous, deputy program director at Human Rights Watch.

“Israel portrays itself as the region’s only democracy, but is set to deport a rights defender over his peaceful advocacy”, he added

He pointed out that “The decision sends the chilling message that those who criticize the involvement of businesses in serious abuses in Israeli settlements risk being barred from Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank”.

“Israeli authorities should focus on ending their serious human rights abuses rather than muzzling groups reporting on them,” Porteous said.

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