West Bank: Amnesty urges Israel to raise travel ban on campaigner


Amnesty International reiterated a name for Israel to raise a “baseless” travel ban on one among its employees within the occupied Palestinian territories.

Laith Abu Zeyad, who works as Amnesty’s campaigner on Israel and the occupied territories, was stopped by Israeli authorities on the King Hussein/Allenby border crossing on October 26 whereas on his approach to attend a relative’s funeral in Jordan.


After being held for 4 hours, he was instructed he was banned from travelling overseas for what Israel’s inside safety service, the Shin Bet, known as “serious security considerations”.

The rights watchdog regretted that, after initially accepting the group’s petition to raise the travel ban, Israeli authorities have set a listening to on the matter on the Jerusalem District Court on May 31. 


“The decision by the Israeli authorities to impose the travel ban is baseless. He is a human rights defender who should be protected and not punished. Any suggestion that Laith poses a security threat is simply absurd,” mentioned Saleh Higazi, Amnesty’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“We are asking the court to lift the travel ban on our colleague Laith Abu Zeyad, but the authorities can decide to withdraw the ban before we get to the hearing, and they should certainly do so immediately.”

In September, Abu Zeyad was additionally denied an Israeli military-issued allow to enter occupied East Jerusalem to accompany his mom for medical remedy.

In December final yr, Laith was banned from visiting his mom who was affected by most cancers, and consequently, didn’t get the prospect to see her earlier than her loss of life.