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Urgent Action: Prominent Bedouin leader imprisoned by Israel

On 25 December 2018, 69-year-old human rights defender Sheikh Sayyah Abu Mdeighim al-Turi, started serving a 10-month prison sentence for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly. Sheikh Sayyah is the head of al-‘Araqib, a Bedouin village in the Negev/Naqab that is unrecognized by the Israeli authorities. He is currently held at Maasiyahu Prison, in the city of Ramle in central Israel. He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Take action.




Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in Hebrew, Arabic or English to:


President of the State of Israel
President Reuven Rivlin 
Office of the President
3 Hanassi Street
Jerusalem 92188, Israel 
Fax: +972 2566 4838 
Salutation: Dear Mr President


Copies to:

Attorney General
Avichai Mandelblit 
Ministry of Justice 
29 Salah al-Din Street Jerusalem 91010, Israel 
Fax: +972 2 530 3367 

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. HIS EXCELLENCY MR MARK REGEV, Embassy of Israel, 2 Palace Green Kensington W8 4QB, 020 7957 9500,
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

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