Large forces of police and military elements combined with agents from the Shin Bet intelligence agency (GSS), yesterday, Sunday, morning, broke into the headquarters of "Al-Aqsa Association" in Umm el-Fahim town. They confiscated documents, computers and archives, and then closed the organization headquarter by administrative order signed by defense Minister Ehud Barak.
It is believed the raids were a reaction to a news conference given two weeks during which revealed that a number of Israeli projects posed a threat to the al-Aqsa mosque and the old city of Jerusalem, in addition to continuing work of the Association in documenting and renovating Islamic properties and holly sites in Palestinian towns and villages destroyed in 1948.
The Arab Association for Human Rights – (HRA) denounced the resolution, which is a new episode in the series of attacks on institutions and active association to defend the rights of the Palestinian minority in the country, "they are considered a flagrant violation of freedom of association and freedom of expression, and considered an attack on the rights of the Palestinian minority organizations who work to protect and promote human rights and basic freedoms" said Mohammad Zeidan , general director of the HRA.
The Arab Association for Human Rights Emphasizing the support of the right of Al- Aqsa Association to work freely, and its full support for all measures taken to defend the right of existence and work, it calls for the lifting of this case before the relevant international forums, especially in front of foreign embassies in Israel, in addition to the United Nations Human Rights bodies, and the European Union relevant forums, demanding these institutions to carry out their legal and moral duty to compel Israel to respect all humanitarian norms and international human rights covenants it has signed.