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18.10.2017
In the early hours of Wednesday 18 October 2017, occupation forces launched a series of raids deep into Palestinian Authority (PA) administered areas. In a move that has become more common over the past few years, they specifically targeted media outlets, news agencies, and journalists. A total of eight branch offices of three different media companies where raided, and sealed, with two journalists being arrested. Offices owned by PalMedia, Ram Sat, and Trans Media, which are rented by the news agencies al-Quds, al-Aqsa, and Palestine Today, had broadcasting equipment, computers and distribution equipment confiscated. In addition, their offices were welded shut with notices placed on the...
17.10.2017
An appeal hearing for Addameer's field researcher and human rights defender Salah Hamorui has been set for 22 October 2017 at the Israeli High Court in Jerusalem. The appeal will challenge the grounds and process of Hamorui's initial administrative detention. On 29 August 2017, a six-month administrative detention order was issued against Hamouri but, on 5 September 2017, the order was replaced with three months (the remainder of his former sentence from when he was released in the 2011 Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange). On 14 September 2017, Hamouri's administrative detention order was reinstated after the Israeli High Court accepted the prosecutor's appeal not to reissue the three-month...
02.10.2017
Yesterday, 1 October 2017, Israeli occupation forces released female civil society leader and President of the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees Khitam Saafin, who was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Israeli occupation forces on 2 July 2017. Saafin received a three months administrative detention order, signed by the occupation military commander of the West Bank on 9 July 2017. Khitam Saafin, 53, president of the Union of Palestinian Women's Committee has spoken internationally and participated in many worldwide events, including the World Social Forum, linking women’s struggles internationally with the struggle of Palestinian women for national and social liberation. Approximately...
20.09.2017
The administrative detention - imprisonment without charge or trial - of female Palestinian detainee Sabah Faroun has been renewed for an additional three months for the sixth time yesterday, 19 September 2017. Faroun, 35, was arrested by occupation forces on 19 June 2016 after they invaded her home in the village of Al-Ezariya east of Jerusalem. Her detention had been extended sixth times and she has been repeatedly ordered to different periods in administrative detention since she was arrested. Faroun is one of five Palestinian women currently held under administrative detention, among over 450 administrative detainees. Israeli Forces raided Sabah’s home at 3:00 am and searched it...
14.09.2017
Addameer's field researcher and human rights defender Salah Hamouri has had a previously issued administrative detention order reinstated after the Israeli High Court accepted the prosecutor's appeal not to reissue a three-month sentence (the remainder of his former sentence from when he was released in the 2011 Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange). Hamouri was initially given an administrative detention for six months on 23 August 2017. On the day of the order's confirmation hearing, 5 September 2017, the Jerusalem District Court decided to instead make Salah complete the remaining time on a previously issued sentence from 2005. The Israeli prosecution appealed the judge's decision and a court...
05.09.2017
The Jerusalem District Court has reinstated a previously issued sentence from 2005 for Addameer's field researcher and human rights defender Salah Hamouri's, who was issued a six months administrative detention order on 29 August 2017. During the order’s confirmation hearing on 5 September 2017, the judge decided to replace the administrative detention order with a three-month sentence. This three-month represents the time that was left for Salah to serve prior to his release as part of the Wafa Al Ahrar exchange deal. Hamouri was to be released on 13 March 2012, but instead, was set free on 18 December 2011 as part of the exchange deal. Addameer's attorney, Mahmoud Hassan, said that this...
27.08.2017
Addameer's field researcher and human rights defender Salah Hamouri, had his detention period extended by an Israeli judge at the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem for an additional three days for further interrogation. Addameer's attorney, Mahmoud Hassan, has submitted an appeal against the judge's decision to extend Hamouri's detention period. Hamouri, who was arrested by occupation forces in a pre-dawn raid on 23 August 2017, has been under interrogation for five days. Salah Hamouri, 32, is a Palestinian-French dual citizen and former Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails. Hamouri was released in Wafa al-Ahrar exchange deal in 2011 after spending seven years in Israeli occupation prisons. In...
23.08.2017
Addameer's field researcher Salah Hammouri was arrested by Israeli occupation forces in a pre-dawn raid on 23 August 2017. Hammouri was arrested from his home in the neighborhood of Kufr Aqab. Later, Hammouri was taken to Al-Moskobyeh (Russian Compound) interrogation center, where his detention has been extended until Sunday, 27 August 2017, for further interrogation. Salah Hammouri, 32, is a Palestinian-French dual citizen and former Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails. Hammouri was released in Wafa al-Ahrar exchange deal in 2011 after spending seven years in Israeli occupation prisons. In addition, he was banned from entering the West Bank by an Israeli military order until September...
14.08.2017
Prominent Palestinian writer and political scientist Ahmad Qatamish was released on 13 August 2017 from Israeli prisons, after spending three months under administrative detention, without charge or trial. Qatamish was arrested by Israeli occupation forces in a pre-dawn raid on 14 May 2017, and received a three months administrative detention order on 17 May 2017. Qatamish was first arrested by the Israeli authorities in 1969 and held for a few months. He was then rearrested in 1972, this time spending 4 years in prison. After his release, Mr. Qatamish spent 17 years in hiding from 1976 to 1992 to avoid re-arrest. On 2 September 1992, however, he was arrested once more, in the presence of...
09.08.2017
On the evening of 7 August 2017, the Palestinian Authority’s intelligence service carried out a campaign of arrests against a number of Palestinian journalists in the West Bank. Five Palestinian journalists were arrested by PA security forces, and they are: 1. Journalist Mamdouh Hamamra from Bethlehem, a correspondent for Al-Quds News Channel. 2. Journalist Amer Abu Arafa from Hebron, who works for Shehab News Agency. 3. Journalist Tariq Abu Zeid from Jenin, who works for Al-Aqsa TV. 4. Journalist Ahmad Halayqa from Hebron, who works for Al-Quds News Channel. 5. Qutaiba Qassem from Bethlehem, a freelance journalist working with several agencies. Initially, A source from the PA security...

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