Israeli forces arrested 13 Palestinians at Erez crossing since the beginning of 2013
Israeli forces exploit need of Palestinians to travel and use crossings as traps
Al Mezan condemns recent arrest
According to the monitoring and documentation of the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, since the beginning of 2013 Israeli forces have arrested 13 Palestinians at Erez crossing.
Of the 13, two were patients and four were patient escorts.
There were also two businessmen arrested.
The Israeli authorities continue to exploit the Palestinian need to travel, using crossings as snares.
The crossing allows for little dignity in the process of traveling to Israel which compounds the already very present threat of arrest and pressure to collaborate.
Recently, at approximately 8:00 am on Monday, 26 August 2013, Israeli forces detained Hasan Subhi Meqbel, 30, at Erez crossing where he was interviewed by Israeli Security Agency (ISA).
When Palestinians applied for permits to travel via Erez crossing, the ISA usually interviews them before.
According to field investigations conducted by Al Mezan, Meqbel, the director of the Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation (PYALARA), received an invitation from the US Department of State and the Palestinian Telecommunication Group to attend a workshop on “Technology and Social Media” in Ramallah between 27 August and 1 September 2013.
On 10 August 2013, the Department of State applied at the Israeli side to allow Meqbel to travel.
The Department of State phoned Meqbel and informed him that the ISA wanted to interview him at Erez crossing on Monday 26 August 2013 as a condition to give him the permit to travel.
On that day, Meqbel went to Erez crossing to be interviewed.
In the evening hours, Meqbel’s family received a phone call from an Israeli soldier informing them that Meqbel was detained.
The Israeli authorities informed Meqbel that his detention was increased to eight days and he is not allowed to meet his lawyer.
One of Al Mezan’s lawyers is following Meqbel’s case.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns the arrest of Meqbel, which shows the Israeli continuation of using crossings as traps to arrest Palestinians.
Al Mezan calls for immediate release of Meqbel and holds the Department of State responsible for his safety and release.
Al Mezan calls on the international community to swiftly intervene to lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip which prevents Palestinians from their right to freedom of movement and travel.