State Department says it has ‘raised’ Abu Rahmah case with Israelis…

We have just learned that Matthew Lee of AP again raised the Abdallah Abu Rahmah case this afternoon at the State Department, and the following dialogue ensued, with Ass’t Sec’y P.J. Crowley:

Crowley: We have raised this case with the Israeli government. We continue to follow developments in this case, as well as other cases of West Bank Palestinian protesters who have been arrested and tried on a variety of charges. We are aware that, in this particular case of Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, the case is under appeal, and our embassy regularly raises human rights issues as appropriate and with regard to specific cases with the government of Israel.

¶ QUESTION: OK. When you said that you’ve raised it with the Israelis, can you be more specific? What have you said?

¶ CROWLEY: We’ve discussed the case with the Israeli government. I’ll leave it there.

¶ QUESTION: OK. And did this happen before or after you started getting questions about it?

¶ CROWLEY: Before.

¶ QUESTION: And so then what was the — what was the problem with saying this when it was originally raised?

¶ CROWLEY: I finally got the information I needed.

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  1. Potsherd2 says:


    And the US also raises the point that the house demolitions are “unhelpful.”

  2. Avi says:

    CROWLEY: We’ve discussed the case with the Israeli government. I’ll leave it there.

    That’s a fart in a stiff wind.

  3. Colin Murray says:

    Kudos to Matthew Lee, a real stand-up guy.

    • lobewyper says:

      Absolutely, Colin. I was amazed by his courage and persistence! Now, I’m going to fire off an email of appreciation to the Associated Press.

      • Kathleen says:

        good idea.

        Now if just one journalist starts challenging the unsubstantiated claims that have been repeated about Iran for eight years. Just one challenging question based on facts. Iaea and the NIE on Iran produce no verifiable intelligence that backs up that Iran is enriching uranium beyond the level that they are legally able.

        Israel should sign the NPT

  4. annie says:

    wtf, non answers. what does that tell us?

    hi tel aviv

    hi dc

    hey, i hear you’ve still got that abdal guy locked up


    so like..uh, our natives are getting restless. they keep calling the wh.

    tell em we’re working on it



    all better now. they’ve discussed it.

  5. ehrens says:

    The lack of honesty by the State Department illustrates perfectly why a whistleblower released a quarter million of their documents. It couldn’t have happened to more deserving liars.

  6. kalithea says:

    Crowley lied when he answered the last question.

  7. bijou says:

    I hope Crowley keeps after him about this. The response was utterly inadequate and worthless.

  8. Kathleen says:

    “CROWLEY: I finally got the information I needed.”

    What a bunch of bull. If this had to do with any other non violent protester/organizer any where else in the world Clinton, Obama, Crowley would be all over it like flies on shit. The whole world is witness to this deference to Israel. The whole world is shaking their heads. It has to stop. Get Israel and the I lobby off our backs. Enough

  9. pabelmont says:

    (Followint annie):

    Next AP question:
    MATTHEW LEE: And, please tell us, Mr. Crowley, did the State Department deliver to Israel an opinion on the human rights aspect of this arrest and detention? Did it complain or merely inquire?
    CROWLEY: The DoS delivered a strong message that this and similar detentions were impermissible and violated human rights treaties and conventions up the wazoo.
    LEE: Indeed! and to whom did they deliver this message, and what was the “strong message”?