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Israel extends detention of Hebron Municipal Council member

June 7, 2018 2:45 P.M. (Updated: June 8, 2018 2:54 P.M.)
Suzan al-Eweiwi
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities extended the detention of Hebron Municipal Council member Suzan al-Eweiwi, 39, who was detained from her home earlier this week, for another 11 days on Thursday.

Al-Eweiwi was detained by Israeli forces on Tuesday during predawn raids in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

According to local sources, her lawyer has been prevented from visiting her, and her detention was extended pending further investigation.

When she was running for election to the council, al-Eweiwi allegedly received numerous threats from Israeli authorities to step down. Despite these threats, she continued with her campaign until she was elected to her current position.

According to sources close to al-Eweiwi, Israel recently punitively banned her from traveling outside the country as a result of her election win.

The mayor of the city of Hebron, Taysir Abu Sneineh, and other members of the Hebron Municipal Council denounced her detention.

Sneineh implored human rights organizations to stop such politically-motivated detentions and other violations against the Palestinian people, and called for the release of al-Eweiwi from Israeli detention.

According to Palestinian prisoners rights group Addameer, as of April there were 6,036 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli custody, including 63 women.

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