Israel bans Palestinian activist from travel
Jerusalem (AP): Israel's Supreme Court banned a Palestinian human rights activist from traveling to Amsterdam to receive a prize.
Shawan Jabarin, the West Bank-based director of Palestinian human rights organisation al-Haq, hoped to travel to the Netherlands Friday to receive the "Geuzenpenning Prize" on behalf of his organisation.
But Israeli courts administration spokeswoman Ayelet Filo said the court ruled there was "real evidence that he is involved with terror organisations, and therefore he will not be allowed to leave for security concerns."
In 1985, Jabarin was convicted by an Israeli court of activity on behalf of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
He served nine months in prison. Israel put him in administrative detention in 1994, charging that he was still active in the PFLP, and has stopped him from traveling several times in the past, according to Israeli documents.
Jabarin has said that his ties with the PFLP were in the distant past.
Geuzen Resistance Foundation spokeswoman Edith Kwakernaak said yesterday the organisation was "shocked and disappointed."
"Freedom of movement is a human right, too," she said. "It's a shame that he can be held prisoner in this way."