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Israel renews administrative detention of MP, sentences activists to similar custody

12:00 Jul 5 2011 Ofer, near Ramallah

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AL-KHALIL (PIC) 5 July -- The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) renewed the administrative detention, without charge, of Hamas MP Khalil Al-Rubaee for the second consecutive time. The lawmaker’s wife said she got a telephone call from Rubaee’s lawyer saying that the Israeli Ofer court extended the detention of her husband for six more months. She said that her husband is held in Negev jail where other Palestinian MPs were held since their abduction anew in 2010.

Meanwhile, the same Ofer court on Tuesday sentenced a journalist and two human rights activists to administrative detention. Ahmed Al-Beitawi, a researcher with the international Tadamun foundation for human rights, said that the court sentenced Quds TV journalist Nawaf Al-Amer, director of Ahrar center for prisoners and human rights Fuad Al-Khuffash, and human rights activist Firas Jarar to five months in administrative custody. They were all detained on 28/6/2011 after IOF soldiers stormed their homes in Nablus. Beitawi pointed out that all three were concerned with prisoners’ affairs, charging the IOA with targeting all media outlets and figures defending prisoners and shedding light on their ordeals.
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