Activist Barred From Leaving West Bank to Receive Prize by Video

Israel banned Al-Haq director Shawan Jabarin from traveling to the Netherlands to receive the Geuzenpenning Prize.

The head of a leading Palestinian human rights group said Wednesday he'll accept a major Dutch prize by video conference after the Supreme Court banned him from traveling to the awards ceremony.

Al-Haq director Shawan Jabarin had hoped to travel from the West Bank to the Netherlands on Friday to receive the Geuzenpenning Prize on behalf of his group.

The court said Tuesday that Jabarin would not be allowed to travel because of security concerns. The ruling was based on evidence from Israeli security agents that Jabarin is involved with terror groups.

Jabarin said the charges were politically motivated and based on secret evidence he had never been able to see or challenge in court.

A spokeswoman for the Geuzen Resistance Foundation said the organization was shocked and disappointed by the ruling.