- Title: â€œIsrael must respect Palestiniansâ€™ rightsâ€ - HRW official
- Date: 17th December 2019
- Summary: HEBRON, WEST BANK (FILE - 2015) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) ISRAELI FORCES AND VEHICLES AT SCENE DURING ARMY RAID TO SHUT DOWN AL HURRIYA RADIO STATION WHICH THE ISRAELI ARMY SAYS WAS BROADCASTING INCITEMENT ISRAELI MILITARY TRUCK LOADED WITH RADIO EQUIPMENT DRIVING AWAY ISRAELI MILITARY TRUCKS AT SCENE HEBRON, WEST BANK (FILE - 2015) (REUTERS) PEOPLE CHECKING DAMAGE AT AL HURRIYA RADIO STATION DAMAGED OFFICE EMPTIED OF EQUIPMENT LOGO OF RADIO / PHOTOS OF EMPLOYEES PEOPLE TAKING PICTURES OF DAMAGE
- 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: LVA002BAD52DX
- 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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