Israel’s security apparatus, Shin Bet, has prevented head of a Palestinian Human Rights organization, al-Haq, from leaving Israel to attend a UN meeting.
Director-General of al-Haq organization Shawan Jabarin was set to attend a UN Human Rights Council conference in Geneva scheduled for February 20 to 24, but was denied permission to leave.
It is not the first time that Tel Aviv bars Jabarin from attending meetings abroad. He has been prevented from traveling outside of the West Bank since 2006.
Shin Bet claims that Jabarin is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and that "his travel may endanger regional security" but refuses to disclose evidence on the grounds that it is classified.
Jabarin, however, denies membership in PFLP. Last year, Human Rights Watch appointed him to their Mideast Advisory Board.
Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian human rights organization based in Ramallah, West Bank. It was established in 1979 to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, according to its website.
It also documents human rights violations against Palestinians in the occupied territories.