Neta Golan Arrested Leaving Gaza
6pm 22nd December 2008 - Neta Golan, an Israeli citizen and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM),
has been arrested by Israeli police while attempting to leave Gaza through the Erez border crossing.
Neta Golan, 38, arrived Gaza on 20th December, along with 17 human rights observers on the SS Dignity, the fifth boat to
break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, organised by the Free Gaza Movement.
She will be taken to court tomorrow (23rd December) in Kiryat Gat.
Neta Golan's lawyer, Adnan Aladdin, condemned the arrest;
"Ms Golan's actions in no way constitute a crime. Her actions in entering Gaza were acts of necessity based on
international law and a rejection of the policies of collective punishment pursued by the Israeli government"
"Humanitarian needs, such as those faced by the Palestinian people of Gaza due to the Israeli siege, make non-violent
acts that are clearly a response to this act of collective punishment necessary. This is common sense and has
"The Defense of Necessity protects those who peacefully seek to prevent gross violations of human rights, grave breaches
of humanitarian law, and war crimes from occurring. Non-violent civil disobedience in opposition to and aimed at
preventing gross violations of human rights, grave breaches of humanitarian law, and war crimes has been recognized as
justified by the necessity of self-defense and the necessity of defense of others in several jurisdictions around the
world. (Source - The State of Israel vs.Ascherman, Arik; Omer, Ori; Hamburger, Shai Eliezer, January 2004, Criminal Case
Under the Geneva Conventions of 1949, collective punishment is deemed a war crime. Article 33 of the the Fourth Geneva
Convention states; "No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed," and that
"collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited." http://(www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/92.htm)
After successfully breaking the blockade with the Free Gaza Movement, Neta Golan spent three days in the Gaza Strip
observing the effects of the Israeli siege on Gaza. She visited schools, hospitals and farmers who's lives have been
devastated by Israel's policies of collective punishment.
"How can an act against the collective punishment of over 1.5 million people be a crime? The policies of the Israeli
State towards the people of Gaza is the real crime".
"I feel it is my duty to come to Gaza and attempt to raise awareness as to what the Israeli state is doing to the people
here. We broke the siege on Gaza, now it is time for more from the international community to do the same in solidarity
with the Palestinian people."
Neta Golan is one of the co-founders of the International Solicarity Movement which was nominated twice for a Nobel
Peace prize. She has actively resisted the occupation, participating in hundreds of demonstrations against the wall and
the illegal settler roads. She is married and lives in Ramallah with her Palestinian husband and two children.