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(en) Israel, Jaggi Singh Nabbed in Jerusalem - update

From Stefan Christoff <christoff@dojo.tao.ca>
Date Thu, 9 Jan 2003 05:59:14 -0500 (EST)


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Montreal, January 8th  2003 -- Jaggi Singh, a Montreal based activist and
organizer, was kidnapped today in Jerusalem by a group of undercover
Israeli police officers. He was on his way to visit a friend, and was
arrested as he arrived at his friend's apartment. Jaggi traveled to Israel
and the Occupied Territories on the invitation of the International
Solidarity Movement (ISM). The ISM is a Palestinian-led movement which
brings together Palestinians and Internationals to fight the Israeli
occupation through non-violent direct action. Jaggi was also providing
written and audio reports to various independent news organizations and
activist networks about the situation on the ground in the Occupied
Territories.

Jaggi's kidnapping comes after his trip to the Occupied Territories had
ended and as he prepared to leave Israel. He planned return to Canada on
January 11th. When Jaggi first arrived in Israel in mid-December, he was
refused entry to the country. He refused to be refused andwas immediately
detained; he spent two days fighting an illegal deportation from Israel. 
Israel has refused 10,000 internationals over the past 2 years.

After winning a court battle with the assistance of Israeli lawyer Shamai
Leibowitz, Jaggi was granted entry into Israel with the condition that he
leave the country by December 23rd. The judge also barred him from
entering the Occupied Territories. This condition, imposed by the Tel Aviv
District Court, is illegal according to Canadian and International Law.
Israel has no has absolutely no legal authority over the Palestinian
Territories and therefore cannot decide who is allowed entry and who is
not.

Jaggi is currently being held at the Russian Compound in Jerusalem, an
Israeli Jail notorious for torturing Palestinians. No details are being
released as to the nature of Jaggi's charges -- if any are being laid --
or how long he will be held.

Today's nabbing illustrates the lengths to which the state of Israel will
go to silence voices critical of the occupation.

Please call the following numbers and urge the Canada's Department of
Foreign Affairs to intervene politically and pressure the Israeli
government to ensure that Jaggi is released swiftly and returns home
safely.

===> The Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv:
Phone: +011-972-3-636-3300
Fax: (011 9723) 636-3380
E-mail Address: taviv@dfait-maeci.gc.ca

===> The 24/7 Operations Center at the Department of Foreign Affairs in
Ottawa: Phone: 1-800-267-6788 or 613-944-6788.

===> Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham's Office: 613-995-1851

You can also call the Russian Compound at +011-972-2-539-1340 ask for
Shimi Marciano.

For more information please email Stefan at christoff@tao.ca or
Andrea at andrea@tao.ca.


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