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Two Alleged Hezbollah Spies Arrested

One is prominent Palestinian rights leader

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Israeli security forces arrested a prominent Palestinian human rights activist and another activist on suspicion of spying for Hezbollah. Ameer Makhoul is the head of Ittijah, or The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations.

We only learned this today, because before then Israel had imposed a gag order on the case (remember, they can do that), and there were only scattered reports that Makhoul had been arrested from his home in Haifa late last week at 3 in the morning, held lawyerless for 48 hours, and remanded for six days. (Electronic Intifada also organized a petition protesting his arrest.) JTA noted that Ittijah was involved in the infamous 2001 Durban conference, and that it refuses to condition aid based on being from non-terrorist sources.

2 Nabs for Spying for Hezbollah [JPost]
Rights Orgs. Condemn Arrest of Palestinian Civil Society Leader [Electronic Intifada]
Arrest of Arab Leader, Gag Order Are Protested [JTA/Baltimore Jewish Times]

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To describe Ameer Makhoul as “human rights activist” is to distort the term “human rights” in a way which renders it utterly meaningless. He’s someone who has justified violence against Israeli CIVILIANS as a legitimate tool of resistance, and is in the forefront of efforts to delegitimze Israel and promote boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), and lawfare against Israeli leaders. I would think that those of you genuinely concerned about peace in the Middle East would be, at the very least, concerned about allegations that Mr. Makhoul was spying for Hezbollah. See this profile.

http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/ittijah

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Two Alleged Hezbollah Spies Arrested

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