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Australian Visa of Palestinian activist Bassem Tamini cancelled/Letter to the ambassador of Australia

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VISA OF PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST BASSEM TAMINI REVOKED HOURS BEFORE TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA/LETTER TO AMBASSADOROF AUSTRALIA

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TO THE AMBASSADOR OF AUSTRALIA IN THE NETHERLANDSHIS EXCELLENCYDr B. MASON

Subject:A demand to use your influence to revise the decisionto revoke the visa of Mr Bassem Tamini, a non violent Palestinianactivist


Dear Mr Ambassador,

The decision of the Australian Immigration Departmentto revoke the visa of Mr Bassem Ramini, a non violentPalestinian activist [1], is an utter scandal and I demand from youto use your influence to give Mr Ramini the chance to visit Australia.
In the first place it is an attack of the freedom of speech.Equally wrong and perhaps still worse is that the Australianauthorities, by taking such a decision, are supporting Israelioccupation and settlement's policy, thus violatingInternational Law.
Besides:The reason the Immigration Department gives for its decision,is shameless and ridiculius
I quote from ABC News Australia
''"The department has recently been made aware of information that indicates there is a risk that members of the public will react adversely to Mr Tamimi's presence in Australia regarding his views of the ongoing political tensions in the Middle East," [2]
Even when this is true, it is nonsense.Like Israel supporters have the right to express their opinion freely[unless it is racist, of course], mr Ramini has the right to expresshis point of view.
But what's worse according to my opinion, is the protection, by the authorities,of the Israeli occupation and settlements policy.
Because what's the reason of mr Tamini's visit?
To speak out against the Israeli settlements in the West Bank.[3]

I don't think it's necessary to remind you of the facts, that allthe Israeli settlements, built on occupied Palestinian territories,are illegal according to International Law. [4]

That the [nearly] 50 years Israeli occupation, which made the settlementsbuilding possible, is not only inhuman and oppressive and has led tonumerous warcrimes, like the bloody agression wars on Gaza [5],but is, like every other occupation in the world, an utter violationof International Law.Here embodied in UN Resolution 242,, 1967, which demanded fromIsrael, to withdraw from all conquered areas in the june war [1967],among else the Palestinian. [6]
By revolking the visa of an activist, who speaks outagainst the injustice of the settlements and the occupation,the Australian government de facto is supporting occupation,oppression, warcrimes and crimes against humanity, like theGaza Blockade. [7]

Are the Australian authorities pointing at his earlier convictionby an Israeli military Court [an example of seriousdiscrimination anyway, since only Palestinians appear fora military Court, not Israeli settlers] [8]
Then know, that Amnesty International considered Tamini asa ''prisoner of conscience'', and that the EU called him a ''human rights defender''. [9]

As well Amnesty International as the EU considered the convictionof Mr Tamini as a travesty of justice, [10]

Therefore I expect from you to use your influence and show yourgovernment on its obligations according to International Law.
Pressure them to give mr Ramini the opportunity to visitAustralia, to utter his opinion and to defend InternationalLaw.
I count on you.

Kind greetings
Astrid EssedAmsterdam The Netherlands

NOTES


[1]
ABC AUSTRALIAVISA OF PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST BASSEM TAMINI REVOKEDHOURS BEFORE TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA

http://www.abc.net.au/news/201 7-04-08/visa-of-prominent-pale stinian-activist-bassem-tamimi -revoked/8428054


''The EU considers Bassem Tamimi to be a 'human rights defender' committed to non-violent protest against the expansion of an Israeli settlement on lands belonging to his West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.''

STATEMENT BY THE SPOKESPERSON OF HIGH REPRESENTATIVE CATHERINE ASHTON ON THE CASE OF BASSEM TAMINI22 MAY 2012

http://www.consilium.europa.eu /uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdat a/EN/foraff/130332.pdf


[2]


''"The department has recently been made aware of information that indicates there is a risk that members of the public will react adversely to Mr Tamimi's presence in Australia regarding his views of the ongoing political tensions in the Middle East,"


ABC AUSTRALIAVISA OF PALESTINIAN ACTIVIST BASSEM TAMINI REVOKEDHOURS BEFORE TRAVEL TO AUSTRALIA

http://www.abc.net.au/news/201 7-04-08/visa-of-prominent-pale stinian-activist-bassem-tamimi -revoked/8428054


[3]


''Bassem al-Tamimi (Arabic: باسم التميمي‎‎, born c. 1967[1]) is a Palestinian activist and an organizer of protests against Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank. ''

WIKIPEDIABASSEM AL-TAMINI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Bassem_al-Tamimi



[4]


THE ILLEGALITY OF THE ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS

”The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits an occupying power from transferring citizens from its own territory to the occupied territory (Article 49).

The Hague Regulations prohibit an occupying power from undertaking permanent changes in the occupied area unless these are due to military needs in the narrow sense of the term, or unless they are undertaken for the benefit of the local population.”

BTSELEM.ORG

LAND EXPROPRIATION AND SETTLEMENTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL

LAW

http://www.btselem.org/settlem ents/international_law

”Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.”

ARTICLE 49, FOURTH GENEVA CONVENTION

https://www.icrc.org/applic/ih l/ihl.nsf/Article.xsp?action=o penDocument&documentId=77068F1 2B8857C4DC12563CD0051BDB0

HAGUE CONVENTION 1907

http://www.opbw.org/int_inst/s ec_docs/1907HC-TEXT.pdf




[5]

ISRAELI MILITARY ATTACKS ON GAZA

”PROTECTIVE EDGE” 2014

FRAGMENTED LIVES

HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEW 2014

MARCH 2015

http://reliefweb.int/sites/rel iefweb.int/files/resources/ann ual_humanitarian_overview_2014 _english_final.pdf


[6]


WIKIPEDIA

UNITED NATION SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 242


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ United_Nations_Security_Counci l_Resolution_242


[7]



BTSELEM.ORG

THE SIEGE ON GAZA

http://www.btselem.org/gaza_ strip/siege

BBC

UN OFFICIAL SLAMS ISRAEL ”CRIMES”

10 DECEMBER 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ middle_east/7774988.stm

BLOCKADE ON GAZA/CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

ASTRID ESSED

14 FEBRUARY 2008

http://la.indymedia.org/news/ 2008/02/213864.php



[8]



”A new report published by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) outlines the nature of the legal regime currently operating in the West Bank. Two systems of law are applied in a single territory: one – a civilian legal system for Israeli citizens, and a second – a military court system for Palestinian residents. The result: institutionalized discrimination.”
 ACRI [ASSOCIATION FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN ISRAEL]ONE RULE, TWO LEGAL SYSTEMS: ISRAEL’S REGIME OF LAWSIN THE WEST BANK24 NOVEMBER 2014
  http://www.acri.org.il/en/2014 /11/24/twosysreport/  REPORT  14 OCTOBER 2014ACRI [ASSOCIATION FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN ISRAEL]ONE RULE, TWO LEGAL SYSTEMS: ISRAEL’S REGIME OF LAWSIN THE WEST BANK  http://www.acri.org.il/en/wp-c ontent/uploads/2015/02/Two-Sys tems-of-Law-English-FINAL.pdf
    ”The laws implemented in the West Bank are inequitable and discriminate against Palestinians. Although the settlers live in the same geographical area in which martial law is imposed, Israel has decided that they are not subject to military law, but rather to Israeli law. The application of two distinct legal systems in a single territory constitutes gross discrimination”
  BTSELEM.ORGMILITARY LAW
  http://www.btselem.org/demonst rations/military_law

[9]
AMNESTY INTERNATIONALISRAELI AUTHORITIES MUST RELEASE PALESTINIANPRISONER OF CONSCIENCE IN WEST BANK1 NOVEMBER 2012

http://www.amnestyusa.org/ news/press-releases/israeli- authorities-must-release- palestinian-prisoner-of- conscience-in-west-bank-0


STATEMENT BY THE SPOKESPERSON OF HIGH REPRESENTATIVE CATHERINE ASHTON ON THE CASE OF BASSEM TAMINI22 MAY 2012

http://www.consilium.europa.eu /uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdat a/EN/foraff/130332.pdf


[10]

''Once again, Bassem Tamimi is being held solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and assembly. We believe he is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally," said Ann Harrison, deputy Middle East and North Africa program director at Amnesty International.''


AMNESTY INTERNATIONALISRAELI AUTHORITIES MUST RELEASE PALESTINIANPRISONER OF CONSCIENCE IN WEST BANK1 NOVEMBER 2012

http://www.amnestyusa.org/news /press-releases/israeli-author ities-must-release-palestinian -prisoner-of-conscience-in- west-bank-0

''The EU considers Bassem Tamimi to be a 'human rights defender' committed to non-violent protest against the expansion of an Israeli settlement on lands belonging to his West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. The EU attended all court hearings in his case and is concerned at the use of evidence based on the testimony of a minor who was interrogated in violation of his rights. The EU believes that everyone should be able to exercise their legitimate right to protest in a nonviolent manner."



STATEMENT BY THE SPOKESPERSON OF HIGH REPRESENTATIVE CATHERINE ASHTON ON THE CASE OF BASSEM TAMINI22 MAY 2012

http://www.consilium.europa.eu /uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdat a/EN/foraff/130332.pdf