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Israel sentences Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamish to administrative detention

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Gaza16May51BETHLEHEM (PNIC):-Israel sentenced Palestinian writer and political scientist Ahmad Qatamish to three months in administrative detention on Wednesday, prisoners rights group Addameer reported, three days after he was detained from his home in the central occupied West Bank.

Qatamish, 66, was detained in the city of al-Bireh in the central occupied West Bank on Sunday night, when Israeli soldiers raided and thoroughly searched his house, damaging some of his possessions.
According to Addameer, a hearing will be held in the Ofer military court within eight days to confirm the administrative detention sentence -- Israel's widely condemned policy of internment without trial or charge.
Addameer “strongly” condemned Qatamish’s detention, and said it was a sign that he was “still being targeted for his writings and activism.”
The organization went on to call administrative detention a “grave violation of international laws and human rights standards,” notably the right to a fair trial.
Qatamish had already spent years in Israeli prisons, most recently a two-and-a-half-year stint under administrative detention from which he was released four years ago.
He had previously spent several spells in Israeli prisons and also spent 17 years in hiding from 1976 to 1992 to avoid rearrest.
In the 1990s, Qatamish was held by Israel without charge for six years, writing about his experiences of torture and ill treatment in his prison memoir "I Shall not Wear Your Tarboush (fez)."
Following an international campaign for his release, he was freed in 1998, and has since been banned from traveling outside Palestinian territory.

 
 
 
 
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