Mahmoud Nawajaa arrested BDS activist
Mahmoud Nawajaa arrested BDS activist
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Mahmoud Nawajaa arrested BDS activist

Palestinian protesters urge Israel to free boycott activist

Activists gather outside the German office in downtown Ramallah, demanding BDS coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa - arrested by Israeli authorities last month on what the Shin Bet calls 'security offenses' - be released

Associated Press |
Published: 08.11.20 , 20:22
Dozens of Palestinians protested outside the German diplomatic office in the West Bank on Tuesday, seeking to draw attention to Israel's arrest of a leading coordinator of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel.
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  • The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions coordinator, Mahmoud Nawajaa, was arrested on July 30 and remains in Israeli custody. He has not been charged.
    Mahmoud Nawajaa arrested BDS activist Mahmoud Nawajaa arrested BDS activist
    Mahmoud Nawajaa arrested BDS activist
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    Protesters gathered outside the German office in downtown Ramallah, where they handed a letter to the office calling on the European Union to press for Nawajaa's release. Germany is the current president of the EU.
    Global human rights group Amnesty International has also called on Israel to "immediately and unconditionally" release Nawajaa.
    The protesters held signs accusing Israel of illegally holding Nawajaa without charges.
    His wife, Ruba Nawajaa, said more than 20 soldiers with dogs raided their house after midnight to arrest her husband, frightening their three children.
    She said he hasn't seen a lawyer since he was arrested. Mahmoud Nawajaa is scheduled to be released on Thursday, according to his supporters.
    Demonstrators protesting the arrest of Mahmoud Nawajaa by Israeli authorities Demonstrators protesting the arrest of Mahmoud Nawajaa by Israeli authorities
    Demonstrators in Ramallah protesting the arrest of Mahmoud Nawajaa by Israeli authorities
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    The BDS movement calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel to protest what it says is Israel's oppression of the Palestinians. Israel says the BDS movement's nonviolent message masks a deeper agenda that aims to delegitimize and even destroy the country.
    Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said Nawajaa was suspected of unspecified "security offenses." It declined to elaborate but said the arrest was unrelated to his BDS activities.
    But BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti accused Israel of arresting him on a false pretext.
    "We are here to tell Germany as the president of the EU council that its time to apply real pressure on Israel to respect Palestinian rights and international law," he said.

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