Israel sentences Franco-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri to 4 months in detention

The Franco-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri was sentenced Thursday, March 10 to four months of administrative detention by the Israeli military justice which considers that he “threatens the security of the region“, According to the indictment.

Salah Hamouri, a 36-year-old lawyer, has been accused for years of being a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a Marxist organization with an armed wing and considered “terroristby the Jewish State and the European Union. He was again arrested Monday at his home and placed in administrative detention, a controversial measure allowing Israel to incarcerate suspects for a period of six months renewable indefinitely without charge. Israeli military justice sentenced him on Thursday to four months in detention because “militant of the PFLP, he threatens the security of the region“, is it written on his indictment, consulted by AFP.

Immanuel. Macron your responsibility is directly in question: what are you doing for this persecuted and arbitrarily detained French citizen?”, wrote the lawyer’s support committee on Twitter. Israel withdrew his permanent resident status in Jerusalem in mid-October, paving the way for his expulsion. The Quai d’Orsay then affirmed that France was “fully mobilizedso that he could continue to live in Jerusalem.

Imprisoned between 2005 and 2011

The activist was imprisoned in Israel between 2005 and 2011 for participating in the attempted assassination of Ovadia Yossef, Israel’s former chief rabbi and founder of the ultra-Orthodox Shass party. He was released in 2011 shortly before the end of his sentence as part of a prisoner exchange that freed the Franco-Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. In November, human rights organizations claimed that his mobile phone, along with that of several other Palestinian activists, had been hacked by Israeli spyware Pegasus from NSO.

Born to a French mother and a Palestinian father, Salah Hamouri is married to a Frenchwoman, Elsa Lefort, daughter of former Communist MP Jean-Claude Lefort, who was banned from returning to Israel in 2016 for a 10 year period. Considered as an attack on fundamental rights by its detractors, administrative detention makes it possible to set aside individuals presumed to be dangerous, according to its supporters, who invoke the impossibility, for security reasons, of making certain evidence held against them public.

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