Amnesty calls on Israel to stop 'bullying' activists

July 4, 2013 23:21

Amnesty International on Thursday night accused Israel of an "unrelenting campaign of harassment" against Palestinian rights activist Nariman Tamimi, who was placed under partial house arrest to prevent her taking part in peaceful protests while she awaits trial next week.

This is the "latest in a litany of human rights violations against Nariman Tamimi, her family, and her fellow villagers. These arbitrary restrictions should be lifted immediately and the charges should be dropped," said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.Tamimi was arrested along with another activist Rana Hamadi on Friday last week, when villagers of Nabi Saleh walk towards a nearby spring in protest against the loss of their land.

"They have been denied the basic human right to peacefully protest over land illegally seized by Israeli settlers, and the Israeli judiciary has used spurious legal tools to punish them for exercising their basic human right to peaceful protest," Luther stated.

According to Amnesty International, Tamimi and Hamadi have been charged with being in a "closed military zone."

The trial is scheduled for Tuesday 9 July.

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