Lawyers for Justice: Deportation of Shaker aims at legitimizing occupation and silencing human rights

Ramallah (QNN)- Lawyers for Justice on Thursday issues a statement slamming the planned deportation of activist Omar Shaker by the occupation state three days from now over his criticism of the Israeli practices against Palestinians.

“Lawyers for Justice” condemned the deportation decision and the subsequent endorsement of it by the Israeli District Court of Jerusalem and described it as “an integral part of the policy of deportation practiced by the Israeli occupation authorities against anyone who carries a humanitarian and moral message towards the reality of which Palestinians are subjected to continuously by the ongoing occupation that has lasted for more than seventy years.”

It also stated that it “considers this act a continuation of a long-existing policy of legalization and legitimization of the occupation as well as authorization to the Israeli Army to wipe out any humanitarian message or anti-occupation human rights speech, and eradicate any call to end the occupation which has long been and continues to be a burden on the people of the free world.”

The NGO called on activists, human rights defenders and freedom activists “to continue to carry out their humanitarian mission and their human rights activities to end the occupation and achieve freedom.” It also urged to “intensify messages of solidarity and provide moral support to the activist Omar Shaker and all defenders, liberals, and activists for freedom and for the respect for human rights.”

Earlier his month, Israeli top court has ordered the expulsion of Human Rights Watch’s country director in a landmark case rights groups have called “a crushing blow to freedoms”.

The court argued that previous statements Shaker made as a student and his Human Rights Watch (HRW) activities on ‘Israel’s’ West Bank settlements amounted to support for the pro-Palestinian “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement.

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