Tagged: Detainment

Israel Extends Detention Without Trial for Palestinian Clown News Roundup
Al Arabiya/AFP

Israel Extends Detention Without Trial for Palestinian Clown

Israel has extended the detention without trial of Palestinian circus performer Mohammad Abu Sakha for another six months, his circus school said Monday. Abu Sakha, 24, was arrested on December 14 in the occupied West Bank, and held since January in administrative detention, the controversial measure under which Israel can hold suspects without trial for periods of six months, renewable indefinitely.

on June 13, 2016
Israeli Forces Hold 100 Palestinian High School Students at Checkpoint in Yatta News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli Forces Hold 100 Palestinian High School Students at Checkpoint in Yatta

Israeli forces Thursday briefly held 100 Palestinian high school students for military security searches as they tried to leave the town of Yatta in the occupied West Bank to attend final exams, as the town remained sealed by Israeli forces following a deadly shooting in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

on June 9, 2016
Israel Holding 10 Palestinian Journalists, Six of Them Without Charges News Roundup
Jack Khoury, Haaretz

Israel Holding 10 Palestinian Journalists, Six of Them Without Charges

Israel has arrested 19 Palestinian journalists since the latest wave of violence began last October, and 10 are still behind bars. The Palestinian Authority accuses Israel of persecuting journalists in order to intimidate them. It noted that six of those detained are being held in administrative detention, without charges, and said it’s not even clear what they are suspected of.

on May 3, 2016
Israeli Military Orders Detention of Palestinian Journalist Omar Nazzal News Roundup
The Guardian/AP

Israeli Military Orders Detention of Palestinian Journalist Omar Nazzal

Israel’s military has ordered a Palestinian journalist to be held for four months without charges or trial. The military said Omar Nazzal is being held in administrative detention on suspicion of “unlawful activity” for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a PLO faction that has been labelled a terrorist organisation by Israel.

on May 2, 2016
Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Israelis Trained U.S. to Use “Palestinian Chair” Torture Device News Roundup
Democracy Now!

Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Israelis Trained U.S. to Use “Palestinian Chair” Torture Device

As a former interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI, Eric Fair was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. While in Fallujah, he witnessed a torture device known as the Palestinian chair. He writes in his new book, "Consequence: A Memoir," that the chair was a way to immobilize prisoners in order to break them down both physically and mentally.

on April 7, 2016
Palestinians Forever Changed by Israeli Torture News Roundup
Jonathan Brown, Al Jazeera

Palestinians Forever Changed by Israeli Torture

Abed Abu Sharefa's hand was on the front door of his home in Jalazone refugee camp as Israeli soldiers worked to break through from the other side and arrest him. The scar under his left eyebrow, where the metal door blew inwards, is still visible seven years on. Abu Sharefa, 25, told Al Jazeera that his right ear still hurts from the beatings he received at the hands of Israeli interrogators early in the 14-month detention that followed his violent arrest.

on April 5, 2016
Number of Palestinian Prisoners Hits Five-year High News Roundup
Yael Marom, +972 Magazine

Number of Palestinian Prisoners Hits Five-year High

Over 6,000 Palestinian “security prisoners” were being held in Israeli prisons as of the beginning of February, according to statistics published by the Israel Prison Services (IPS). This is the highest number of Palestinian prisoners since July 2010. Among the prisoners are 398 minors — two of which are in administrative detention, 108 are between 14 and 16 years old, and two are under 14.

on March 12, 2016
Israeli Forces Order Closure of Palestinian News Outlet in Ramallah News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli Forces Order Closure of Palestinian News Outlet in Ramallah

Israeli forces during predawn raids on Friday ordered the closure of Falastin al-Yawm (Palestine Today) and TransMedia Production Company in the occupied West Bank hub of Ramallah, locals said. Locals told Ma’an that forces stormed the media outlets’ headquarters in al-Bireh and detained two journalists, confiscated property, and delivered military orders for the offices to be shut down.

on March 11, 2016
Why Israel Arrests and Jails Palestinians Without Trial News Roundup
Yardena Schwartz, Time

Why Israel Arrests and Jails Palestinians Without Trial

Mohammad Abu Sakha, a 24-year old Palestinian circus clown, juggler, and tightrope walker, was on his way to work at the Palestinian Circus School when he was arrested by Israeli troops. According to Addameer, the legal aid organization representing Abu Sakha, he was crossing a military checkpoint in the West Bank when Israeli soldiers boarded his bus to check passengers’ identification cards.

on March 9, 2016
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