Ida Nudel Launches Campaign to Stay Execution
of Condemned Palestinian:
To Turn to High Court if Rebuffed by Olmert
29 April, 2008 For Immediate Release
Contact: Nitsana Darshan-Leitner 011.972.2.383.7020
Contact: Mike Cohen 011.972.54.499.6453
JERUSALEM: Ida Nudel, the world renowned former Prisoner of Zion, has
appealed to Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on behalf of Ima'ad Sa'ad, a
Palestinian who has been sentenced to death by a Palestinian Authority
military court. Sa'ad, 25 years old, was convicted by the court on charges
that his assistance to Israel's security forces led to the killing of four
Based on similar cases in the past, the Palestinian Authority is quick to
carry out death sentences such as these without prior notification.
Ms. Nudel, represented by Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the human
rights organization Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center, has demanded that PM
Olmert assert pressure on the Palestinian Authority to immediately stay the
execution. She has also appealed to the PM to raise the issue with third
parties such as the United States and the European Union.
In her letter to Prime Minister Olmert, Ms. Nudel described the sentence as
"inhuman" and has demanded the complete suspension of any talks taking place
between Israel and the PA until the execution is stayed. She also suggested
that the Palestinian donor conference to be held in Bethlehem be boycotted.
Ms. Nudel also suggested the suspension of Israeli and international
assistance packages to the PA as well as an appeal to the European Union and
other donor nations to suspend their assistance packages as well as appeals
to the United Nations and to the Vatican.
"If these diplomatic measures are not sufficient," writes Ms. Nudel, "Israel
should employ its skilled military to launch a rescue operation for Ima'ad
The issue of Palestinians who help Israel's security services save Israeli
lives is hardly new to Shurat HaDin nor to Ms. Nudel. As part of their
long-standing campaign to not forsake these individuals to a certain, cruel
and very public death, they have met with many Israeli and International
political leaders including Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Vatican's former
Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and now Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.
Along with Shurat Hadin, Ms. Nudel has succeeded in the past in asserting
enough pressure via diplomatic means to bring the Palestinian Authority to
stay the execution in a similar case and have the individuals sentences
commuted from death to life with hard labor.
Two years ago, Shurat HaDin and Ms. Nudel petitioned Israel's High Court of
Justice to do all it could to help stay the execution of 50 Palestinians
charged and convicted in Palestinian military courts of working with
Israel's security services. As a result of the petition and the intense high
level diplomatic negotiations that ensued, the Palestinian Authority
assented to remove the death sentences from the table.
Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center is a Jewish human rights institute based in
Israel and staffed by some of the country's leading activist attorneys.
Shurat HaDin is dedicated to providing legal representation and resources
for the numerous courtroom struggles, which are being waged in the Israeli,
American and European courts on behalf of the Jewish State and serves as a
central clearinghouse and litigation base for the multifarious legal battles
that have been thrust upon Israel's citizens during recent years.