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Palestinian activist to get prize by video

Palestinian activist to get prize by video

The head of a leading Palestinian human rights group says he'll accept a major Dutch prize by video conference after Israel's Supreme Court banned him from traveling to the awards ceremony.
Al-Haq director Shawan Jabarin had hoped to travel from the West Bank to the Netherlands on Friday to receive the "Geuzenpenning Prize" on behalf of his group.
The court said Tuesday that Jabarin would not be allowed to travel because of security concerns. The ruling was based on evidence from Israeli security agents that Jabarin is involved with terror groups.
Jabarin says the charges are politically motivated and based on secret evidence he has never been able to see or challenge in court.
A spokeswoman for the Geuzen Resistance Foundation said the organization was "shocked and disappointed" by the ruling.


Updated : 2021-04-23 10:51 GMT+08:00