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Israeli forces arrest Palestinian after giving testimony to UN

July 22, 2009 4:34 P.M. (Updated: July 24, 2009 10:19 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma’an - Nil’in activist Mohammad Srour was detained by Israeli authorities at the Allenby Bridge on his way home from testifying at a UN commission hearing in Geneva, his lawyers confirmed Thursday

Srour was testifying at the UN’s fact finding mission on Gaza, lead by Richard Goldstone. The mission has a broad mandate that includes investigations over how the political situation in Israel in the lead-up and fall out of their war on Gaza affected the West Bank.

According to a spokesperson for Srour’s lawyer Lymor Goldstein, the activist was speaking about the situation in Ni’lin, specifically about the slaying of two young men by Israeli forces during a demonstration, a news release added. He testified alongside fellow activist Jonathan Pollack, an Israeli solidarity activist who regularly participates in the Friday protests.

Srour was arrested on 20 July 2009 while crossing the Allenby Bridge from Jordan, he testified to the United Nations in Geneva on 6 July.

Srour, a member of the Ni'lin Popular Committee Against the Wall, participates in demonstrations that take place against the theft of Ni'lin's land. He and Pollack were witness to the shooting of two Ni’lin residents, Arafat Rateb Khawaje and Mohammed Khawaje, on 28 December 2008, during a demonstration in solidarity with Gaza.

“I know full well that I will pay the price for this testimony when I return at Israeli crossing points in my journey of return after this hearing,” a news statement quoted Srour as saying during his testimony in Geneva.

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