Court examines travel ban on Palestinian human rights leader

March 5, 2009 12:29

Shawan Jabarin, the head of a prominent Palestinian human rights group, has turned to the Supreme Court to lift a travel ban preventing him from traveling to Europe to accept a prize. The court was hearing arguments in Jerusalem on Thursday surrounding the case . Israel has barred him from traveling to the ceremony in the Netherlands next week on security grounds, and Israeli human rights groups are challenging the ban. Jabarin is the director of the al-Haq rights group. Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor says the ban is based on Jabarin's membership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Israel considers a terror group. Shawan says he briefly joined the group as a young university student years ago and has not been a member since then.

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