[Ppnews] Palestine - Human Rights Defender Ayman Nasser Placed in Isolation by Occupation’s Intelligence

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Fri Nov 30 11:33:33 EST 2012

  UPDATE: Human Rights Defender Ayman Nasser Placed in Isolation by
  Occupation’s Intelligence

/Ramallah, 28 November 2012 /-


The military prosecution in Ofer court issued a list of charges against 
human rights defender Ayman Nasser on Monday 26 November 2012. The 
charges include support and solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, 
participating in the annual Prisoner’s Day on 17 April (the charges 
specified participation in 2011 and 2012), as well as participating in 
solidarity activities during hunger strikes (both collective hunger 
strikes and individual hunger strikes), in addition to attending a 
festival anniversary of Martyr Abu Ali Mustafa on 27 August 2012. The 
court postponed the next hearing to 3 December 2012 to consider the 
charges issued against Ayman.
Mahmoud Hassan, director of the Legal Unit at Addameer Prisoner Support 
and Human Rights Association, denounces these accusations and sees them 
as “a desperate attempt to convict popular and official solidarity with 
the prisoners’ issue, especially since events like Prisoner’s Day and 
the anniversary of Martyr Abu Ali Mustafa are public occasions that are 
approved officially and nationally and enjoy participation from all 
sectors of society. These events take place in streets and public 
squares, and therefore allow participation for the entire community.” 
Hassan adds: “these attempts fall under the vigorous pursuit of the 
General Security Service (Shabak) to retaliate against the Palestinian 
people for their continued solidarity and support  for prisoners rights, 
as well as exact retribution from Palestinian human rights organizations 
and limit their work that exposes the occupation’s policies and its 
repressive inhumane procedures against prisoners and detainees.”
Ayman Nasser (42 years old) was arrested at dawn on 25 October 2012 by a 
convoy of Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) soldiers. The IOF brought 
intelligence officers and police dogs to raid his house in Saffa 
village, and searched his home violently without taking into account the 
presence of Ayman’s wife, Mrs. Haleema Nasser and their four children 
(Ameen 13 years, Naji 11 years, Nadeem 8 years, Mohammad 3 years) who 
were sleeping. They confiscated Ayman’s personal computer, mobile phone 
and parts of his children’s computer. After being subjected to 
interrogation inside his home for over an hour, the IOF transferred 
Ayman to Al Moskobiyeh interrogation center in Jerusalem. Ayman spent 39 
days in interrogation at Al Moskobiyeh, during which he was subjected to 
lengthy sessions of intensive and harsh interrogation while being 
shackled to a chair with his hands behind his back, and with some of the 
sessions lasting for more than 20 hours a day continuously. Between 
interrogation sessions Ayman remained in solitary confinement in a small 
cell with rough grey walls, a dim yellow light and a single blanket. He 
was not aware at the time, but all of these measures were practiced 
against him in order to break him psychologically and physically. It 
should be noted that Ayman has several pre-existing health conditions; 
he suffers from severe back pain as a result of an inflammation in his 
spine, he also suffers from ulceration in his colon, and regularly takes 
five kinds of medications and pain killers.
On 22 November 2012, as part of its repression tactics, the IOF 
transferred Ayman from Al Moskobiyeh interrogation center to Megiddo 
prison and placed him in solitary confinement under inhumane life 
conditions, he is detained in an isolated cell, and is transported to 
and from court in a private vehicle. Please note that Megiddo isolation 
section is intended for prisoners with disciplinary sanctions imposed by 
the Israeli Prison Service.
This is not Ayman’s first experience in Israeli prisons, he spent 6 
years in Israeli prisons from 1991 to 1997.
Ayman Nasser, or “Abu Ameen,” as he is fondly called by his colleagues 
and friends, never allowed his failing health to prevent him from 
fulfilling his cultural, social and educational roles. Not only is he a 
full-time researcher at Addameer, an organization that he has 
represented on many occasions, but he is also a part-time lecturer at Al 
Quds Open University, and was the director of the Saffa Sports Club for 
two consecutive terms since 2003, as well as a representative in the 
High National Council on Prisoners. While he was detained in Al 
Moskobiyeh, he was elected as a member of the Saffa Local Council, where 
he ran as candidate in the “United Saffa” bloc. Ayman holds a master’s 
degree in educational psychology.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association holds the 
occupation responsible for the safety of Ayman, and demands his 
immediate, unconditioned release. Addameer believes that the 
continuation of Ayman’s detention by the occupation forces is a severe 
violation of his rights as a human rights defender and also violates the 
Declaration on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders of 1998. 
Addameer also demands the United Nations to immediately intervene this 
infringement of his rights, as well as demand the occupying power to 
respect the rules and provisions of International Humanitarian Law and 
the International Bill of Human Rights. Until then, Addameer will 
continue to defend Palestinian political prisoners until they all see 

  Write to the Israeli government, military and legal authorities and 
demand that Ayman Nasser be released immediately.

    * Brigadier General Danny Efroni
      Military Judge Advocate General
      6 David Elazar Street
      Harkiya, Tel Aviv
      Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526
      Email: arbel at mail.idf.il; avimn at idf.gov.il
    * Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon
      OC Central Command Nehemia Base, Central Command
      Neveh Yaacov, Jerusalam
      Fax: +972 2 530 5741
    * Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak
      Ministry of Defense
      37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya
      Tel Aviv 61909, Israel
      Fax: +972 3 691 6940 / 696 2757
    * Col. Eli Bar On
      Legal Advisor of Judea and Samaria PO Box 5
      Beth El 90631
      Fax: +972 2 9977326

*Write to your own elected representatives urging them to pressure 
Israel to release Ayman Nasser.

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