Our Partner -Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association- relased a report about COURAGEOUS VOICES, FRAGILE FREEDOMS Israel’s Arrest and Detention of Palestinian Human Rights Defenders against the Annexation Wall.
This report will examine the increasing use of arrest and detention by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) of Palestinian human rights activists taking part in protests and other peaceful acts of resistance against the illegal Annexation Wall(1) and settlements in the West Bank since 2009. Although the popular resistance that arose in response to the continuing construction of the Annexation Wall has been facing acts of repression and often violence from Israeli forces since regular demonstrations and international advocacy initiatives gained momentum in 2005, this report will show that in 2009 there was a shift in tactics by the IOF that should be viewed in the context of increasing recognition of the legitimacy of the actions by the Palestinian human rights activists. In 2009, demands by
Palestinian civil society to end the regime of occupation through actions such as Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and to take part in regular demonstrations and other acts of civil disobedience against the Wall and settlements were gaining considerable ground both internationally and locally.