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25 April 2016 – Israeli authorities must clarify the circumstances  and grounds of arrest of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal, detained at the al-Karameh crossing between Palestine and Jordan on Saturday, 23 April, and provide information about his current status PEN International said today. He should be released immediately unless he is to be promptly charged with a recognizably criminal offence.

Omar Nazzal was on his way to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, for the General Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), which opened today in Sarajevo, when he was arrested by Israeli forces and taken to Etzion interrogation centre. He is not known to have been charged since his arrest.

Nazzal was part of a delegation of Palestinian journalists and Israeli journalists invited by EFJ members to participate at the EFJ General Meeting.

PEN International is also concerned at reports that Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour is currently on trial for alleged ‘incitement to violence’.  The organisation is currently assessing the content of a poem and Facebook posts the poet, who is from Nazareth in Israel, wrote which are the basis of the charge.

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