[Pnews] Administrative detention order issued against Addameer's field researcher Salah Hamouri

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Tue Aug 29 10:15:36 EDT 2017

Addameer’s field researcher and human rights defender Salah Hamouri has 
received a six months administrative detention order, which is set to 
end on 22 February 2018. Initially, the Israeli Magistrate Court of 
Jerusalem has ordered the conditional release of Hamouri though, less 
than half an hour later, he was issued with the order.

According to the Court’s decision, Hamouri was going to be placed under 
house arrest in Al-Reineh (a village in the north of the territories 
occupied in 1948) for  20 days. He would also be banned from entering 
Jerusalem and traveling outside of the country for 3 months, until 28 
November 2017. Additionally, Hamouri had to pay a 10,000NIS bail and 
third party guarantees, and when his family went to Al-Moskobyeh to pay 
the bail, they were informed that Hamouri will not be released.

Salah Hamouri, 32, is a Palestinian-French dual citizen and former 
Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails. Hamouri was released in Wafa 
al-Ahrar exchange deal in 2011 after spending seven years in Israeli 
occupation prisons. In addition, he was banned from entering the West 
Bank by an Israeli military order until September 2016, and his wife 
Elsa Lefort is currently banned from entering Palestine.

This arrest and decision is but one in a list of many, where the 
occupying power has attempted to stifle the legitimate pursuit of 
Palestinian human rights and basic dignity. For those who dare to speak 
up against this oppressive colonial regime, arbitrary detainment awaits.

This case is not simply the arrest of an individual. It is part of a 
systematic policy of disempowerment. The aim is to ensure that any work 
to supporting the Palestinian quest for self-determination is punished 
severely. The thinking goes that if enough are punished, and the weight 
is too much to bear, the rest will be dismayed and accept the status 
quo. They will be resigned to the fact that are part of a state 
structure that treats them as subjects, who can be imprisoned and 
stripped of the rights at will.

For human rights defenders, there are two choices. Give up on your 
cause, or accept the life of constant punishment. It is not an easy 
choice to make. Salah could easily leave, live in France, and have a 
quiet life with his wife and child. Though, he stays as an example for 
us all. He remains in to the place of his birth and struggles for those 
who the occupation seeks to reduce from humans to subjects. For the 
assertion that he, and the people he serves, are human, the occupation 
ensures that he pays the price.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association reiterates its 
call for Hamouri's immediate release, as his detention constitutes an 
attack on Palestinian human rights defenders.

Addameer considers administrative detention to be a form of arbitrary 
detention which amounts to psychological torture. As a result of being 
held indefinitely without charge or trial, the detainee may develop a 
psychological disorder, long-term depression, and chronic anxiety 
associated with the element of unpredictability.

This practice of arbitrary detention is a grave violation of 
international laws and human rights standards, particularly articles 78 
and 72 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which state that an accused 
individual has the right to defend himself. This also violates article 
66 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the basic standards of fair trial.

Organizations, activists, and parliamentarians across France are 
mobilizing to demand Hamouri's freedom once again and to pressure the 
French government to take action on this case. Sign this petition 
<http://www.addameer.org/sites/all/modules/civicrm/extern/url.php?u=315&qid=700039> directed 
to French president Emanuel Macron and European officials demanding them 
to act now.

*Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association*

P. O. Box: 17338, Jerusalem
3 Edward Said Street
Sebat Bldg.
1st Floor, Suite 2
Ramallah, Palestine
Tel: +972 (0)2 296 0446 / 297 0136
Fax: +972 (0)2 296 0447

Email: info at addameer.ps
Website: www.addameer.org

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