A petition hearing was held today at the Israeli High Court against the administrative detention of Mohammad Abu Sakha, the 25-year-old Palestinian circus trainer and performer imprisoned without charge or trial since 14 December 2015. At the court hearing, Addameer’s attorney Mahmoud Hassan decided to withdraw the petition, reporting that that the high court, after reviewing the secret file, decided that Abu Sakha still poses a threat to the security of the state despite failure of the prosecution to provide any new material since his detention in December 2015. It’s worth mentioning that the petition was submitted as a third review of the secret information on which Abu Sakha is being...
Israeli Forces rearrested youth activist Daoud Ghoul one week following his release. Occupation forces raided the house of Mr. Ghoul at 4:00 am and rearrested him after confiscating his personal belongings. Palestinian youth organizer, was released from the Israeli Gilboa prison on Sunday, 27 November after over 17 months of imprisonment. Ghoul, 33, the director of youth programs for the Health Work Committees and the Kanaan Network of Palestinian civil society organizations, has been subject to a series of repressive attacks since 2014. Mr. Al Ghoul is currently held in Al-Maskobyeh interrogation center in Jerusalem.
Addameer documentation unit finds that between 1 January 2016 and 30 November 2016, there were 1586 total administrative detention orders issued, among them 588 new orders and 998 renewed orders. During November 2016, the occupation authorities issued more than 111 administrative detention orders, including 32 new orders and 79 renewed orders. Administrative detention is the Israeli government policy which systematically holds Palestinians indefinitely on secret information without charge or trial.
Long-serving Nael Barghouti, 59, continues to be held despite having served his latest sentence of 30 months, which was issued based on secret information. An appeal was submitted by the prosecution on 25 November 2015, who seek to re-instate a previous life sentence on Mr. Barghouti. The military court is to provide an answer to the prosecution’s appeal by 17 December 2016. Mr. Barghouti faces the possibility of re-instatement of life sentence based on secret information. Today, an appeal has been lodged by Addameer to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Mr. Barghouti was first arrested when he was 20 years old in April 1978. Barghouti was released as part of the Wafa Al-Ahrar...
Israeli Knesset has preliminarily approved a bill in a first reading on 14 November 2016 that would exempt Israeli intelligence and police from filming or recording interrogations sessions of suspected “terrorists”. Israeli government officials stated the move was taken to counter terrorism given the current unstable situation. Currently, all interrogation sessions in Israel must be recorded , but the Knesset suspended the law for security-related cases a couple of years ago. The new bill aims to turn the temporary legislation into a permanent law, exempting the intelligence and the police from having to record the interrogation sessions. Addameer considers the decision one that would...
The administrative detention of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal has been limited to one and a half month during his confirmation hearing, which was held yesterday 22 November 2016. Mr. Nazzal is expected to be released on 24 December 2016. Occupation forces arrested the journalist Omar Nazzal, a member of the General Secretariat of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, and president of the Democratic Journalists Union on 23 April 2016, from the Allenby Bridge while en route to participation in the European Federation of Journalists General Meeting.
Hunger strikes have long been used in various geographical settings as means to protest oppressive conditions and demand basic rights. The long history of Palestinian prisoners in mass and individual hunger strikes, reveals the lack of trust in any judicial process and the lack of fair trial guarantees they face under the military and civil court systems of the Israeli occupation. Palestinian prisoners and detainees have resorted to hunger strikes as early as 1968 as a legitimate peaceful protest to Israeli detention policies and cruel detention conditions including the use of solitary confinement, denial of family visits, inadequate medical treatment and torture and other forms of cruel,...
The administrative detention of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal was renewed for an additional three months for the second time today, Monday 21 November 2016. An administrative detention order was initially issued on 02 May 2016 against Mr. Nazzal, which was set to end on 22 August 2016, but was renewed for an additional three months. Occupation forces arrested the journalist Omar Nazzal, a member of the General Secretariat of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, and president of the Democratic Journalists Union on 23 April 2016, from the Allenby Bridge while en route to participation in the European Federation of Journalists General Meeting. Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights...
On 17 November 2016, Addameer director Sahar Francis addressed the European Parliament on the issue of Palestinian child prisoners and detainees. The talk specifically focused on the issue of the increasing use of administrative detention, detention without charge or trial. The practice has alarmingly increased against Palestinian children since October 2015, with an estimated 20 administrative detention orders issued against children and approximately eight children currently under administrative detention. Adv. Francis also called upon the European Union to address the protracted occupation and its violations against the Palestinians, including lack of fair trial in military courts and...
Baha'a Najjar, 21, from Hebron has been rearrested one week following his release. He was arrested on 4 November 2015 and placed under administrative detention in Ofer prison and was released on 2 November 2016. After spending a year under administrative detention, he was rearrested on 9 November 2016. This constitutes an arbitrary detention, where detainees get their administrative detention order renewed moments before their scheduled release (e.g. Shaher Al-Rai) or they are rearrested shortly following their release.