70-year-old Palestinian professor is now a political prisoner –updated

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December 9, 2011

Dr Yousef Abdel Haq
Dr Yousef Abdel Haq

Imagine if an Israeli or Jewish professor, aged 70, was arrested on political grounds. Imagine our State Department's outrage. We related the arrest of Yousef Abdel Haq, a PFLP leader, in an earlier news roundup. I received this photograph and message from Saed Abu-Hijleh, a poet and lecturer in geography in Nablus.

The arrest of Professor Abdel Haq, on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, aims to silence the voices of Palestinian intellectuals and academics who are struggling to expose the continuous crimes of the Zionist state and who are active on the local and international levels to build solidarity networks that struggle to end Israeli Apartheid in Palestine. Professor Abdel Haq is a lawyer and lecturer of Political Economy at An-Najah National University. He is also one of the main founders and former President of the Palestinian Enlightenment Cultural Center (Tanweer). Professor Abdel Haq is 70 years old and suffers from several chronic illnesses that require medication and medical care and his incarceration by the Israeli authorities constitutes a serious threat to his health and life and thus Israel is responsible for any harm to him that may result from this illegal action. Take action now and demand the release of Professor Abdel Haq and all of the Palestinian political prisoners.

Dr Yousef Abdel Haq Speaking at a rally in Nablus
Dr Yousef Abdel Haq Speaking at a rally in Nablus

Updated:

Abu Hijleh sends along the above photo of Abdel Haq at a recent rally in Nablus, and says,  "I think it is part of a campaign to arrest progressive/leftist intellectuals and also Islamists who can offer analysis and critique of the policies and actions of Israel and the US in Palestine and in the region after the radical changes that are happening in the wake of the Arab spring and its aftermath..."