Israel to Shut Down Rights Group Headquarters in Nablus

NABLUS, December 29, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli troop on predawn Tuesday delivered a military order to shut down the headquarters of Ahrar Center for Prisoners’ and Human Rights Studies, a rights group concerned with the issue of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, in Nablus, according to local sources.

Director of Ahrar, Fouad al-Khuffash, said that an Israeli army force broke into the group’s headquarters, located in downtown Nablus, where they seized computer devices and sabotaged with the content of the center.

The army also left a military order to close the center.

On November 29, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) called on the international community to pressure Israel to reverse its decisions to shut down three local radio stations in Hebron and compensate them for losses and damaged equipment.

It further urged the international community to compel Israel to respect the freedom of opinion; guaranteed by international laws and conventions.

MADA, in a story published on November 22, said that “Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) escalated their assaults and attacks against journalist and media outlets across West Bank and Gaza Strip, during October 2015.”

“IOF recorded a new peak in a series of systematic attacks against journalists and media freedoms in Palestine, Which clearly exposed its main purpose of targeting press.”