RAMALLAH, Monday, May 09, 2022 (WAFA) - The Israeli Supreme Court renewed today the detention of Mohammad al-Halabi, a humanitarian worker from Gaza detained in Israeli jails for nearly six years both before and during his trial, for 90 days, said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
The Israeli court postponed the trial of al-Halabi, making the next court hearing the 170th court hearing that he will be subject to since his arrest in 2016.
Israeli authorities arrested al-Halabi, a father of five, in June 2016 at the Erez Crossing between Gaza and Israel, as he was returning from a meeting at World Vision’s office in Jerusalem. Al-Halabi’s whereabouts were not revealed for weeks.
Halabi was later charged with providing financial support to Hamas, a charge he vehemently denies. He has been on trial since then.
In early January 2022, the international Christian relief and development organization, World Vision, said that after carrying out its own investigation into Israeli allegations that its imprisoned Gaza office director, Mohammad El Halabi, is involved in so-called terrorist activities, it found out that these allegations are unfounded and that Halabi is innocent of all charges.
Halabi has been subjected to the longest trial in the history of Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons
Al-Halabi was subjected to brutal investigation and physical abuse for over 50 days by Israeli investigators and Special Forces.