Randomly-chosen quotation:
"Who will believe that Israel came to the negotiation table with clean hands at a time when it is putting its paws on yet another chunk of land?"
(Akiva Eldar, 14 July 2009)
Omar Nazzal
Omar Nazzal is a 54 year-old journalist who was arbitrarily imprisoned on 23 April 2016. Nazzal was en route to attend The European Federation of Journalists conference when he was detained. In May 2016, a Military court claimed that Nazzal posed a "security threat against the state", but presented no evidence; the judge imposed a four month-sentence. The sentence was arbitrarily extended on 19 August 2016. Nazzal initiated a hunger strike to protest the injustice perpetrated against him.

Nazzal has previously spent about four years arbitrarily imprisoned, and several months under house arrest. For many years Nazzal faced a travel ban, and even a restriction from visiting areas in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Omar is married and has three daughters.


Number of days arbitrarily imprisoned during latest ordeal:

Percentage of his life arbitrarily imprisoned: 7.8%

 
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Recent events
7 Dec 2016
Israeli warplanes bomb military airport near Damascus
5 Dec 2016
Israeli parliament votes to authorise illegal settler construction in West Bank
30 Nov 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli warships menaced fishing boats with gunfire. WB: Israeli military invaded town, provoke confrontation; blockaded two villages; ordered villagers out of houses to conduct military exercises; injured 50, kidnaped at least 16 Palestinians (inc. 12 year-old). Settlers plow over Palestinian farmland
Israeli warplanes bomb Syrian arsenal near Damascus
29 Nov 2016
Abu Moron reappointed as Fatah Chairman at 7th Party Congress
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli military bulldozers razed large tract of farmland. WB: Israeli military order 10 families out of their houses to conduct military exercises; steal tractor; destroy house; storm dozens of houses; kidnap at least 16 Palestinians. Settlers assault and seriously injure young man.
US Senate unanimously passes the Anti-Semitism Awareness bill
28 Nov 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli warships menaced fishing boats with gunfire, kidnapped fisherman. WB: Israeli military stormed dozens of houses; kidnapped at least 15 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort staged hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque
27 Nov 2016
General chronic harassment Israeli military blocked off several villages; stormed houses; assaulted and seriously injured teenager; kidnapped at least 12 Palestinians (inc. children). Settlers with military escort staged hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque; plowed over farmland.
25-27 Nov 2016
Israeli military block off area around Ibrahimi mosque, and only allow hundreds of settlers to enter it
24 Nov 2016
General chronic harassment Israeli military invaded villages, stormed houses; erected new checkpoints; kidnap at least 10 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort stage hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque
Israeli military storm house and kidnap Prof. Issam Al Ashqar -- again
23 Nov 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli warships menace fishing boats with gunfire. WB: Israeli military invade towns, ransack shops; kidnap at least 10 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort stage hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque