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Jasiewicz Detained 3 Weeks Appeals Supreme Court


British Journalist Ewa Jasiewicz Detained Three Weeks Appeals to Supreme Court

Minister of Interior Denies Detainee Access to Journalists

British journalist Ewa Jasiewicz received an order for deportation last week from the Tel Aviv District Court.

Attorneys Yael Barda and Lea Tsemel have appealed the decision to the Supreme Court and a hearing date has been set for September 1.

In spite of the fact that the Brtish journalist was ordered released two weeks ago and that two judges have not found her to be "a threat to national security" the Israeli Minister of Interior has denied Ms. Jasiewicz access to other journalists or the media.

In response to the court decision, the Israeli Union of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists are demanding that the Prime Minister allow Ms. Jasiewicz "to carry out her work as a journalist and not to deport her".

Over 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 that should be released from detention. This decision was then appealed by the State Attorney.

On Wednesday, August 24, Judge Pilpel denied the British journalist entry into Israel and Occupied Palestine.

Judge Pilpel admitted that Ewa Jasiewicz was 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."

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 August 11 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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