Israel prevents Palestinians from leaving for Hajj

John Cox hazel_motes52 at hotmail.com
Mon Feb 18 08:09:09 MST 2002


Subject: Information Brief - Israel prevents Palestinians from leaving for Hajj
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 15:19:16 -0800

The Palestine Monitor
A PNGO Information Clearinghouse

Information Brief

Israel prevents Palestinians from leaving for Hajj
18 February 2002

The Israeli authorities yesterday refused to allow a group Palestinian men
and women to undertake the religious pilgrimage -- Hajj -- to Mecca for
celebration of the Muslim festival, Eid Al Adha.

Israeli authorities forbade six Palestinians from leaving the West Bank.
According to one Palestinian who was turned back, the six were all parents
of Palestinians who have been killed in the last 18 months, and it was for
this reason that the Israeli authorities prevented them from undertaking the
Hajj. Those prevented from leaving included Jamal Barakat, whose sons --
5-year-old Malak and 7-year-old Shaheed -- were killed by an explosion in
their house on 30 April last year. Also denied entry was Mohammad Abu
Hannoud, whose son Mahmud was assassinated by the Israelis in Nablus on 23
November last year. Another group of approximately 25 Palestinians had also
been prevented from leaving for the Hajj on Friday.

The Israeli authorities' action is a severe violation of international human
rights standards, most particularly article 18, which affirms an individual'
s right to freedom of religion, and the right to manifest religion in
worship and practice, and article 13, upholding an individual's right to
leave and return to his country.

For more information, contact The Palestine Monitor, +972 2 2985372 or see
www.palestinemonitor.org



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