Army Raids Ramallah to Arrest International Activists in Violation of Oslo Accords
Israeli soldiers raided a Ramallah apartment around 3AM to arrest a Spanish and an Australian activist over expired visas in direct violation of the Oslo Accords.
At three in the morning, the Israeli army forcefully entered an apartment in the Area A city of Ramallah and arrested two activists from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) on suspicion of overstaying their visas.
The two, Ariadna Jove Marti, a Spanish journalist, and Bridgette Chappell, an Australian student in the Beir Zeit university, were then taken to the Ofer military prison located inside the Occupied Territories, where they were handed over to the Israeli immigration police unit “Oz”.
The raid and detention of the two is in direct violation of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which clearly forbids any Israeli incursion into Area A for reasons not directly and urgently related to security.
Even the conduct of “hot pursuit” is disallowed in non-security related matters, which overstayed visas are.
Israel have been increasing their attacks on the ISM, they don’t seem to like the idea that anyone witness their abuse of Palestinians, Bridgette Chappell has family in NZ and I hope she is released asap.
Australia should immediately put pressure upon Israel for her release.