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Israeli authorities sentence Palestinian journalist to 6-month detention

June 10, 2016 5:25 P.M. (Updated: July 1, 2016 11:59 A.M.)
Palestinian journalist and Addameer media coordinator, Hassan Safadi, was arrested in May and sentenced to six months in administrative detention in June (Credit: Addameer)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities sentenced Palestinian journalist, activist, and Addameer media coordinator Hasan Safadi to six months of administrative detention on Friday, the prisoner’s rights group Addameer announced.

Israeli forces detained Safadi as he crossed the Allenby bridge between the occupied West Bank and Jordan at the start of May, keeping him under Israeli military interrogation for forty days before sentencing him to six months of administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges -- on Friday.

According to Addameer, the human rights activist was set to be released on bail on Friday, and had already reportedly paid the bail fee of 2,500 shekels ($648), when a magistrate court issued the detention order.

Israel’s widely-condemned policy of administrative detention allows internment without charge or trial in maximum six-month long renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

Rights groups have claimed that Israel's detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.

Addameer stated that the group “condemns the violations practiced by the occupation forces systematically against human rights activists, and human rights defenders, and journalists.”

“Addameer also denounces the arbitrary detentions against them and others standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people in light of the daily crimes practiced against them by the occupation forces, which violate international human rights and humanitarian laws,” the group added.

Israeli authorities have carried out a concerted crackdown on Palestinian journalists and human rights activists since a wave of violence erupted in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory in October, with several dozen Palestinian journalists being detained by Israeli forces.

According to Addameer, 715 Palestinians are currently being held in administrative detention, including three Palestinian parliament members.

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