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EU rebukes Israel for convicting Palestinian protester

EU rebukes Israel for convicting Palestinian protester
Baroness Ashton in Brussels, July 2010 Israel has called Lady Ashton's "interference" highly improper

The European Union has criticised Israel for convicting an organiser of weekly Palestinian protests against the West Bank separation barrier.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she was "deeply concerned" about Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, who now faces several years in prison.

She said he was a "human rights defender" committed to non-violent protest.

Israel's foreign ministry described her statement as highly improper.
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'Legitimate right'

Jailed since December, Abdullah Abu Rahmeh was convicted by a military court on Tuesday of inciting protests in the West Bank village of Bilin and of participating in the protests without a legal permit.

Lady Ashton expressed deep concern "that the possible imprisonment of Mr Abu Rahmeh is intended to prevent him and other Palestinians from exercising their legitimate right to protest against the existence of the separation barriers in a non-violent manner," her office said.

"The EU considers the route of the barrier where it is built on Palestinian land to be illegal," it quoted her as saying in a statement.

Her statement drew a sharp rebuke from Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor, who said that any "interference with a transparent legal procedure is highly improper".

Sentencing is scheduled for next month, after which Abu Rahmeh - a 39-year-old schoolteacher - will appeal the conviction, his lawyer has said.
Weekly protests

Activists have been protesting against the barrier for five years in what they say are mostly peaceful demonstrations. Some demonstrations have been attended by stone-throwing Palestinian youths.


Israel says it considers the protests to be "violent and illegal". Israeli security services have fired tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and on occasion live rounds at protesters.

There have been two fatalities among protesters and an American peace activist suffered brain damage after being hit by a tear gas canister.

Israel says the barrier was established to stop Palestinian suicide bombers entering from the West Bank.

But Palestinians point to its route, winding deep into the West Bank around Israeli settlements - which are illegal under international law - and say it is a way to grab territory they want for their future state.

In 2004, the International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an advisory ruling that the barrier was illegal and should be removed where it did not follow the Green Line, the internationally recognised boundary between the West Bank and Israel.


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  • EU rebukes Israel for convicting Palestinian protester,
    and Israel,quite rightly tells the EU to basically
    shove their rebuke up their ass,as always.Cheers.

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    • Not really actually, the EU is Israel's largest trading Partner, and the more assertive it gets the more Israel will 'bend the knee' so to speak...

      But I love the fairytale defiance, very touching...

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    • don't get all excited over lady ashton wetting herself, these protesters get several months in prison at most, even if they're caught dismantling the fence or throwing rocks.
      and yeah, lady ashton interfering with another non-EU member state's justice system is extremely improper.

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    • Why is that improper? Most countries condemded the fact that iran wanted to stone some woman to death recently. You think that that was improper to comment on?

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    • Oh yeah thats happened time and time again in Israel history...they buckle under pressure every time...LOL Moron...Israel will do what Israel wants to do, when she wants to do it, for how ever long she cares to...3 countries attacked her attempting to change that...they FAIL...kinda like you in life...

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  • This anti Isarel bitch from the EMU can go to hell.....it isnt any of her business if protesters get jailed for breaking the law.

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  • Meanwhile Egypt is killing Sudanese refugees and she doesnt say a word.

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  • EU can suck my jewish dick.
    We are the chosen people and what ever we do is supported by God.

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  • no-one should take any notice of this deluded woman - nobody here does, she was only shoe horned into the job because the French diplomats had already bagged the best posts, her job was a sop to the UK gov who were bleating that the french had 'got there first'. Today here in the UK it has been revealed that this country has the most terrorist sympathisers than any other western country world wide - cos it's full of islamic pakistani's and africans who are constantly plotting up ways to kill and More..

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  • CND bitch

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  • Fukk the EU.

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  • It's hard to take a rebuke from a clique of overpaid and self satisfied apparatchiks who are lacking a mandate from the very people they levy a tax burden on. Better leave it to real governments to comment.

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  • The impotent EU cannot even keep its economic house in order, which is something they should prioritize instead of diverting attention from its grave economic problems.
    Re Israel, it should mind its own business, or perhaps give some attention to its own future as an islamist/sharia state.

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  • Let me know when they have something to say about women being executed in public for being raped. Until then, who cares what they think?

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  • She's probably just pissed off that she aint getting any money from Israeli interests like other British polititians do!

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