Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, a professor of philosophy at Bir Zeit University, was arrested without charge by the Israeli authorities on January 29. He is well known as a Palestinian leader of moderate views who has on occasion suffered at the hands of other Palestinians for his moderation and his willingness to maintain contact with Israelis.
His arrest at his own home—to which he had been confined since the beginning of the war by the continuous Israeli curfew in the occupied territories—and the absence of any charge or prospect of trial are bound to raise the gravest suspicions regarding the motives of the Israeli authorities and to damage the respect and good will which its restraint has won for Israel in recent weeks.
We call on the Israeli government either to charge him and put him on trial or to release him.
March 7, 1991