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Israel extends administrative detention of 3 prominent Palestinian activists

June 13, 2017 9:54 P.M. (Updated: June 14, 2017 12:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- In the past two months, three prominent Palestinian activists were ordered to additional periods of administrative detention, Israel’s policy of imprisonment without charge or trial, according to a Thursday report from Palestinian prisoners' solidarity network Samidoun.

Samidoun highlighted the cases of Palestinian activist and journalist Hassan Safadi, youth organizer Hassan Karajah, and community leader Rami Fadayel, all residents of the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Hassan Karajah, a prominent youth activist with the Stop the Wall Campaign and an activist of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, was detained by Israeli forces on July 12, 2016 at a military checkpoint west of Ramallah.

Nearly a year has passed since Karajah’s detention, and he has yet to be charged or put on trial. Last week, on June 7, his administrative detention was renewed for the third time by four months.

Samidoun noted that Karajah had previously been detained by Israeli forces from January 2013 to October 2014, over accusations that he was participating in a “prohibited organization and contact with an enemy state,” which Samidoun highlighted was “an allegation frequently used to target Palestinians who travel to conferences and events in Lebanon and other Arab countries.”

Last month, Israel renewed the administrative detention of Fadayel, 37 -- who has been imprisoned for 18 months under administrative detention-- with a four-month order. This marked the the fourth time the order against him has been renewed.

Hanin Nassar, Fadayel’s wife and an organizer with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Committee, said that she and her husband “have never been able to enjoy a free and safe life since their marriage,” highlighting that Fadayel has been repeatedly arrested, and that they celebrated their engagement while he was imprisoned.

Nassar noted that their daughter, Mays, 10, has not seen her father in their home “for nearly half of her life.”

According to Samidoun, Fadayel is well-known in Ramallah as a leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a left-wing Palestinian political party, which, like many Palestinian political organizations, is considered a “terrorist” group by Israel.

The report added that on June 7, an Israeli military court confirmed 12 more administrative detention orders.

Among the 12, Israeli authorities approved the administrative detention of five Palestinian prisoners for order of six months. The prisoners were identified as:

- Raed Abd al-Admu, resident of the Hebron district

- Taysir Maher Hamed, resident of the Ramallah district

- Muhammad Badr al-Alouneh, resident of the Ramallah district

- Islam Fayeq Nimr, resident of the Ramallah district
- Suhaib Ahmad Muhammad, resident of the Tulkarem district

Six others were sentenced to four-month administrative detention orders. They were identified as:

Nidal Hashim Abd al-Hadi, resident of the Jenin district

Yousif Ahmad Nasser, resident of the Jenin district

Khalil Hassan Hamed, resident of the Ramallah district

Ayman Naim Hamed, resident of the Ramallah district

Hamza Ibrahim Zahran, resident of the Ramallah district

Omar Muhammad Abu Latifa, resident of the Ramallah district

The court also handed a two-month administrative detention order against Rabiaa Muhammad Musallah, a resident of the Jenin district.

While Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention, which allows detention for three- to six-month renewable intervals, is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have instead claimed that 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 say that Israel's administrative detention policy has also been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.

According to prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 6,200 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of May, 490 of whom were held in administrative detention.

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