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Resolution on the Deportation of Bir Zeit University Librarian Omar Al-Safi

SRRT Newsletter, Number 105, September 1992, p. 4.

The following resolution was approved by the elected representatives of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) in 1992. SRRT is a body within the American Library Association but does not and should not be taken to speak for the Association as a whole. In this resolution SRRT speaks only on its own behalf. Subsequently, this resolution was also adopted by ALA Membership and by ALA Council

 

BE IT RESOLVED, That the Social Responsibilities Round Table American Library Association protest the deportation of Omar al-Safi from his homeland. Al-Safi, a librarian at Bir Zeit University in the Israeli-Occupied West Bank, is being subjected to an "administrative deportation", under which the Israeli military authorities are not required to present any evidence or afford the accused the right to a trial. We note that such deportations are strictly prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 by a foreign occupier. We call on the Israeli Supreme Court and the Israeli Attorney General to stop or reverse all deportation proceedings against our colleague, and to either release him from "administrative detention" or afford him the right to a formal trial with the public presentation of any evidence against him.

 

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