Monday, January 12, 2009

Israeli Peace Activists face Crackdown

200 still behind bars after taking part in protests against their country's military offensive in Gaza

JERUSALEM–Israeli dissidents, opposed to their country's military offensive in Gaza, have run into a police crackdown on a scale not seen in nearly a decade, say human rights campaigners here.

Since the launch of the Gaza offensive two weeks ago, at least 500 Israeli peace activists have been arrested and jailed, all but a few of them Arab Israelis. At least 200 are still behind bars.


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