- Title: â€œIsrael must respect Palestiniansâ€™ rightsâ€ - HRW official
- Date: 17th December 2019
- Summary: HEBRON, WEST BANK (DECEMBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS) AL HURRIYA RADIO STATION LOGO VARIOUS OF PRODUCER IN CONTROL ROOM WHILE HOST IS SPEAKING PALESTINIAN JOURNALIST WORKING AT AL HURRIYA RADIO STATION, AKRAM AL-NATSHEH, WALKING INTO OFFICE CAMERAS ON DISPLAY INSIDE OFFICE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN JOURNALIST WORKING AT AL HURRIYA RADIO STATION, AKRAM AL-NATSHEH, SAYING: "Rights reports might not necessarily reflect our daily and personal lives, because of the challenging (reporting) circumstances. However, (the reports) do show the invalidity of the occupation's basis for closing and invading the stations. They show the invalidity of the occupation's claims of journalists' violations, and prove that they are not really aimed at fighting incitement, as the occupation claims. It is a campaign targeting Palestinian media, a systematic campaign which started by closing stations, arresting journalists, storming (offices of) media institutions, and lately, the injury of our colleague, Muath Amarneh." VARIOUS OF PRODUCER IN CONTROL ROOM WHILE HOST IS SPEAKING SIGN OF FREQUENCY OF STATION READING (English): "92.7 FM"
- Embargoed: 31st December 2019 16:12
- Keywords: Free speech Human Rights Watch Incitement Israel Omar Shakir Palestine Palestinians West Bank
- Location: JERUSALEM / HEBRON, WEST BANK / AMMAN, JORDAN
- City: JERUSALEM / HEBRON, WEST BANK / AMMAN, JORDAN
- Country: Various
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA003BAD52DX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Israel must stop the enforcement of military orders enacted since it took over swathes of Palestinian territories 52 years ago, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday (December 17).
Titled "Born Without Civil Rights: Israel's Use of Draconian Military Orders to Repress Palestinians in the West Bank", the report highlights what it described as the "expansive military orders issued in the early days of the occupation that suspend civil rights for Palestinians: the right to speak out, report news, protest, or be politically active".
Joining a Jerusalem press conference via a video link, HRW's director of Palestine and Israel, Omar Shakir, said a framework is needed to protect the rights of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
Shakir was expelled from Israel in November over accusations that he backs an international pro-Palestinian boycott.
From his new location in the Jordanian capital Amman, Shakir said that it is not possible to enforce military orders that were enacted some 52 years ago during an emergency situation.
"After 52 years, there are still security orders that prevent peaceful demonstrations or peaceful expression. Today's report was obvious and today Palestinians deserve all their basic, civil, political and other rights," he said.
The report called on Israeli authorities to "provide Palestinians in the West Bank with rights at least equal to what it provides its own citizens".
These orders, the report said, are only implemented on nearly 2.5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank, except those living in East Jerusalem. The same laws, however, are not applied on nearly 400,000 Israeli settlers living in the same area, HRW added.
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