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Israel renews Palestinian lawmaker's administrative detention

May 2, 2016 10:14 P.M. (Updated: May 2, 2016 10:46 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities have renewed the administrative detention of Palestinian lawmaker Hatim Rabah Rashid Qafisha for three more months, the Palestinian Prisoners' Center for Studies (PPCS) said on Monday.

PPCS spokeswoman Amina Tawil said Qafisha was scheduled to be released in three days, but the Israeli high court rejected an appeal and decided to extend his administrative detention for another three months.

Qafisha, 56, a Hamas-affiliated member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was detained by Israeli forces on Jan. 24 in Hebron.

Qafisha has spent a total of 13 years in Israeli prisons, of which more than 12 years were spent in administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges.

According to prisoners’ rights organization Addameer, six Palestinian lawmakers are currently detained by Israel, and 700 Palestinians are being held in administrative custody, a policy international community has repeatedly said is in contravention to international law.
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