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Palestinian journalist ordered to spend three months in admin. detention

The Supreme Court upheld the army’s request to extend Omar Nazzal’s remand by three months only, instead of four. The judges did not specify why he posed a security threat, and how he would cease to in three months’ time.

A photo of Omar Nazzal from a demonstration calling for his release. (Flash90)

A photo of Omar Nazzal from a demonstration calling for his release. (Flash90)

Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal, who was detained in April while trying to leave the West Bank en route to an international conference, will spend at least another three months in administrative detention, the Israel Defense Forces ruled on Friday.

Since his arrest at Allenby Bridge border crossing, Nazzal has been in administrative detention with no charges, a formal indictment or a scheduled court hearing.

The Israeli army and Shin Bet Security Service claim that he is affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Israel views as a terrorist organization. Nazzal denies the charge and demands either to be sentenced or released.

Administrative detention is an extreme measure meant to be adopted rarely and with moderation. Administrative detainees are held indefinitely without charge or trial — without any way to defend themselves.

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled, based on classified evidence that the defense was unable to view, that Nazzal’s remand must be extended by up to three months, instead of the four months the army had planned.

The judges did not specify why Nazzal would be a security threat for the next three months, but not for another month afterwards.

Nazzal has been huger striking for the past 19 days, protesting his administrative detention and in solidarity with another administrative detainee, Bilal Kayed.

Journalists’ associations worldwide have condemned Nazzal’s detention and called for his imminent release. The Union of Journalists in Israel (of which the author of this piece is a board member) has yet to weigh in.

This article was first published in Hebrew on Local Call. Read it here.

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    1. R5

      Haggai implies here that the PFLP is not a terrorist organization, just that Israel views it as one. Does the Rockefeller Brothers Fund view the PFLP as a terrorist organization? No? Then why do they pay for this website to exist? Would Haggai write for PressTV or RT if they paid him? Good questions to ask…then read the +972 financial statement, and research the funding of JVP, Zochrot etc…follow the money.

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    2. Bruce Gould

      If you follow the money that helps keep Israel afloat, it leads right back to…the U.S., with its terror promoting, poorly thought out invasions, extra-judicial drone strikes/executions, police shootings of poor minorities…it’s a stupid kind of analysis, isn’t it? But this kind of ad-hominem ‘analysis’ abounds in the hasbara world. How about actually dealing with the issue of administrative detentions instead of who’s paying for 972?

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    3. R5

      Bruce: What makes me part of the “hasbara world”? Who exactly ARE the people who constitute the “hasbara world”? Because it looks like you and Ben both like using “hasbara” as an anti-Semitic slur, and I’d just like to clarify your POV on this, just to make sure that my understanding is correct.

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