Detention of Awad Abdel Fattah
We condemn in the strongest terms the recent detention of Awad Abdel Fattah and other high-ranking Arab politicians of the Balad Party by Israeli authorities. Awad has recently been a vocal supporter of the idea of One Democratic State (ODS) and spoke about his views in Cambridge last May.
We view these detentions as politically motivated and an attempt to silence Palestinians actively seeking to have a voice in Israel, including those campaigning for equality and human rights.
These actions represent a dangerous escalation and another stage in the political persecution of the Arab minority and political movements. They further undermine Israel’s claim to be a liberal democracy and mark a worrying move towards it becoming a “police state”.
We call on the Israeli authorities to release those detained for political reasons and stop the detention of individuals on political grounds. Under international human rights law, no one should be detained without a legitimate reason and, anyone accused of a crime has the right to a fair trial.
Cambridge Palestine Solidarity Campaign