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Dutch urge Israel to lift travel ban on Palestinian activist

Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen Maxime Jacques Marcel Verhagen (Maastricht, 14 september 1956) is a Dutch politician. He is the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Christian Democratic Appeal party (CDA) in the fourth Balkenende cabinet. Biography
Verhagen was born in Maastricht.
 has asked Israel Israel, in the Bible
Israel (ĭz`rēəl, ĭz`rāəl) [as understood by Hebrews,=he strives with God], according to the book of Genesis, name given to Jacob as eponymous ancestor of the Hebrews, the chosen people of God.
 to lift a travel ban on a Palestinian whose rights group is to receive an award in the Netherlands Netherlands (nĕth`ərləndz), Du. Nederland or Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, officially Kingdom of the Netherlands, constitutional monarchy (2005 est. pop. 16,407,000), 15,963 sq mi (41,344 sq km), NW Europe. , a spokesman said Thursday.

Verhagen spoke with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni about the ban on Thursday in Brussels, said Bart Rijs, spokesman for the Dutch minister.

The subject of the ban, Shawan Jabarin, is director of the Al-Haq human rights organisation based in Ramallah.

"The Netherlands has long been committed to seeing Mr Jabarin come to the Netherlands," said Rijs. "The minister already spoke with Ms Livni about it last spring.

"The Dutch embassy in Israel is trying to have the travel ban lifted and has redoubled re·dou·ble  
v. re·dou·bled, re·dou·bling, re·dou·bles
1. To double.

2. To repeat.

3. Games To double the doubling bid of (an opponent) in bridge.

 its efforts since the prize was announced."

The Netherlands' prestigious human rights prize, the Geuzenpenning, is to be awarded to Al-Haq along with Israeli organisation B'Tselem in a ceremony on March 13.

Israeli authorities have refused to allow Jabarin to leave the West Bank since March 2006, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch said in 2007 that Israeli authorities had not explained why the travel restrictions were in place.

Jabarin has asked an Israeli court to lift the ban and a decision is expected on Monday, according to Rijs.

"We respect an Israeli judge's CERTIFICATE, JUDGE'S, English practice. The judge who tries the cause is authorized by several statutes in certain cases to certify, so as to decide when the party or parties shall or shall not be entitled to costs.  decision, but it is important that the defence has had access to all aspects of the court file," said Rijs.
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Date:Mar 5, 2009
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