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Israeli court extends detention without trial for Palestinian citizen of Israel

Aug. 28, 2017 3:45 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 29, 2017 10:38 A.M.)
(AFP, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli magistrate court's in Haifa reportedly ordered to extend the administrative detention sentence against a Palestinian citizen of Israel for four additional months Sunday afternoon.

Arab 48 reported that the case of 22-year-old Alaa Tawil Jabarin will be addressed in court again on Dec. 12, when the detention order expires.

Jabarin was reportedly detained by Israeli forces about a month ago on suspicions of planning an attack at Tel Aviv's central bus station. He is from the Palestinian town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel, which is the hometown of three men -- also from the extended Jabarin family -- who were shot dead at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in June after they shot and killed two Israeli border police officers.

The event triggered an unprecedented Israeli security crackdown in occupied East Jerusalem, sparking nearly two weeks of escalating unrest during which seven Palestinians and three Israelis were killed. Meanwhile, Umm al-Fahm was subjected to police raids and its residents have been banned from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old Umm al-Fahm resident Alaa Zayud saw his Israeli citizenship revoked earlier this month over his involvement in an alleged 2015 vehicular attack. Rights groups described the unprecedented move as a “dangerous act” and indicative of the discriminatory policies targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel.

"The administrative detention of Jabarin is a worrisome indicator that Israel could start to use administrative detention against youth, activists, and leaders of the Palestinian community in Israel," a lawyer representing Jabarin told Arab 48 on Monday.

Administrative detention is almost exclusively used against Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. However, another Palestinian citizen of Israel, Muhammad Khalid Ibrahim, saw his administrative detention extended in January.

The widely condemned Israeli policy allows for a detainee to be sentenced for up to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 450 Palestinians were held in administrative detention as of July, while the group also reported that 70 Palestinians from the “1948 territories” (Palestinian citizens of Israel) were being held in Israeli custody as political prisoners after being formally charged.

Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention, which allows detention for three- to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence, is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have instead claimed the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.

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

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