BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court sentenced Salah Hamouri, a human rights defender and field researcher for Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, to six months of administrative detention — imprisonment without charge or trial — on Tuesday, in what Addameer said was “part of a systematic policy of disempowerment.”
According to Addameer’s statement, the court’s initial decision had been to place Hamouri under house arrest in al-Reineh, a Palestinian village in Israel, for 20 days. He would then be banned from entering Jerusalem or traveling abroad for three months.
The decision had also included a bail fee of 10,000 shekels ($2,800). However, when his family went to Israel’s Russian interrogation compound, where Hamouri has been held, to pay the bail they were told by Israeli officials that Hamouri would not be released.
Hamouri, 32, who holds dual Palestinian-French citizenship, was detained during an overnight raid on Wednesday from his home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab.
An Israeli police spokesperson told Ma’an at the time that he was “not familiar” with the case.