• Israel frees Palestinian clown after nearly two-year detention without charge
    Middle East Eye | Jacob Burns | Thursday 31 August 2017

    Palestinian clowns hold portraits of their colleague Mohammed Abu Sakha during a demonstration in solidarity with him in February 2016 in Gaza (AFP)

    WEST BANK, Palestine - It was a gift just in time for Eid – and a gift of the best kind. After nearly two years in an Israeli prison without charge or trial, Palestinian clown Mohammed Abu Sakha, was released on Wednesday and returned to his family.

    A group of friends from the Palestinian Circus School, where he used to work, met him at a checkpoint in the south of the occupied West Bank and then took him to his home in Jenin.

    Abu Sakha, 26, told Middle East Eye that he had mixed feelings about being released from administrative detention, a controversial measure under which Israel detains suspects without trial for periods of several months.

    “I’m happy to be released … but I know that there are many people in the same position as me still inside, so I’m sad at the same time,” said Abu Sakha.

    “The people inside have a very difficult situation. There are always searches, in the morning, at midnight. There’s no possibility of a personal life inside.”

    Abu Sakha was arrested at an Israeli checkpoint on 14 December 2015, and held since then under a series of administrative orders.


    • Israël : un clown palestinien libéré après 20 mois de prison
      Par Le Figaro.fr avec AFP | Mis à jour le 31/08/2017

      Israël a libéré hier le clown palestinien Mohammed Abou Sakha, détenu sans procès pendant plus de 20 mois, a indiqué ce dernier aujourd’hui à l’AFP. Mohammed Abou Sakha, 26 ans, qui travaillait et enseignait à l’école du cirque pour enfants de Bir Zeit, en Cisjordanie occupée, avait été arrêté en décembre 2015, puis placé en détention administrative.

      Ce régime de détention très critiqué par les défenseurs des droits de l’Homme permet à Israël de détenir des personnes pendant plusieurs mois renouvelables indéfiniment sans leur en notifier les raisons. Les autorités israéliennes n’ont jamais dit clairement quel danger posait selon elles Mohammed Abou Sakha.

    • Israel releases Palestinian circus performer from administrative detention
      Sept. 3, 2017 12:24 P.M. (Updated : Sept. 3, 2017 1:45 P.M.)

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday night released Palestinian circus performer Muhammad Abu Sakha to his home in the Jenin district of the northern West Bank, after serving 20 months in administrative detention, according to Israeli and international media.

      Abu Sakha, 24, was working as a circus performer and teacher at the Palestinian Circus School in Birzeit — where he specialized in working with children with learning difficulties — when he was detained on Dec. 14, 2015.

      His case sparked international outcry against Israel’s use of administrative detention, which is almost exclusively used by the Israeli state against Palestinians, and allows for detention without charge or trial.