JERUSALEM, Monday, September 05, 2022 (WAFA) – The Israeli occupation authorities today renewed the administrative detention against French-Palestinian human rights defender Salah Hammouri for another three months until 4 December.
Hammouri, a resident of occupied East Jerusalem, was detained at his home in March and slammed with three-month administrative detention without charge or trial, which was renewed again in June for three more months and was supposed to end on 5 September.
Furthermore, on 26 July, Hammouri was subjected to a punitive classification as a “high-risk prisoner” and transferred to a high-security isolation prison after he sent an open letter from prison to French President Emmanuel Macron on 14 July about his situation as a French citizen.
Israel’s widely condemned practice of administrative detention allows the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for renewable intervals ranging between three and six months based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.
The US State Department has said in past reports on human rights conditions for Palestinians that administrative detainees are not given the “opportunity to refute allegations or address the evidentiary material presented against them in court.”
Amnesty International has described Israel’s use of administrative detention as a “bankrupt tactic” and has long called on Israel to bring its use to an end.
Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy, which violates international law.