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Journalist Denied Entry Based on Ideology Beliefs

British Journalist Denied Entry Based on Ideological Beliefs

*Israeli MK's will visit Ewa Jasiewicz in Detention Today *Attorneys Will Appeal to the Supreme Court

One week ago, Judge Kobo of the Tel Aviv District Court declared that UK Journalist, Ewa Jasiewicz, "is not a threat to Israeli security" and should be released from detention where she has been held for two weeks. This decision was then appealed by the State Attorney. Wednesday, August 24, Judge Pilpel denied the British journalist entry into Israel and Occupied Palestine.

Judge Pilpel admitted that Ewa Jasiewicz is not a security risk. However, she stated, "I think the possibility for others to use her naiveté and her position as a journalist, as well as her ideological beliefs to stop what she calls `fascism and racism', is reasonable, and therefore, I decide that the explanation of the security services is reasonable and to the point."

Yael Barda, Ewa's attorney, in response to the decision stated, "two judges in Israel have decided that Eva Jasiewicz is not a security threat, yet they have denied her entry into Israel because of her ideological beliefs." Attorneys Yael Barda and Lea Tsemel will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

Israeli MK's from the Yahad Party plan to visit Ms .Jasiewicz today.

The British National Union of Journalists, (NJU), has strongly condemned the decision and the detention of Ewa Jasiewicz. The NJU has declared that Ewa's detention is "state interference in the work of a journalist that should be anathema to a democratic society."

Ewa Jasiewicz is a journalist from the United Kingdom who was detained at Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport two weeks ago and denied entry to Israel and Occupied Palestine. Ewa is a journalist and writer who has also worked as a human rights activist in Palestine and Iraq.

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