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PHOTOS: Palestinian journalist held in administrative detention

Israel is currently imprisoning and detaining 20 Palestinian journalists, group says.

Palestinian journalists and activists protest against Israel’s detention of journalist Amin Abu Wardeh, Nablus, April 21, 2015. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/ Activestills.org)

Palestinian journalists and activists protest against Israel’s detention of journalist Amin Abu Wardeh, Nablus, April 21, 2015. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/ Activestills.org)

Photos and text by Ahmad Al-Bazz/ Activestills.org

Palestinian journalists and activists protested against the administrative detention of Palestinian journalist Amin Abu Wardeh earlier this week. The demonstrators stood outside the Red Cross offices in the West Bank city of Nablus and demanded that the organization intervene and help release him.

Israel is currently imprisoning and detaining 20 Palestinian journalists, according to the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate. Abu Wardeh was also arrested in 2011 and held under administrative detention for 10 months. He runs the Asda’ news website.

Israeli forces arrested Abu Wardeh in the early morning hours of April 15 during a large arrest campaign that saw 27 Palestinian civilians arrested in Nablus and its suburbs. Those targeted in the arrest campaign included former prisoners, a journalist, engineers, university lecturers and the wife of a former prisoner. The majority are members of Hamas.

Palestinians described the arrest campaign as a political step, while Israel claimed the detainees had recently been involved in “Hamas activity.”

Under Israel’s “emergency regulations,” the state can hold Palestinians without charge or trial under administrative detention for six-month periods, which can be renewed indefinitely. Most administrative detainees do not know of what they are accused, and have no way of defending themselves.

Under international law, administrative detention should only be used in the most extreme cases.

According to Palestinian sources, the soldiers also seized tens of thousands of shekels in cash, a vehicle, laptops, cellphones.

Related:
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Who will protect Palestinian journalists?
Editorial: Demanding freedom of movement and access for Palestinian journalists

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    1. Bockke

      god you Israelis really are disgusting. Brutally oppressive rogues. Just appalling. Your leaders should be arrested the minute they cross into European airspace.

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    2. Pedro X

      He was picked up in a sweep of Hamas people. Being a journalist does not provide immunity to arrest for belonging to a terrorist organization. The PA has been very busy last year and this year in the Balata camp doing the same thing. The PA arrested this journalist in Dec. 2011.

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      • Bockke

        nsttnocontentcomment

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      • Bockke

        It’s the illegal settler terrorists that need to be rounded up in a massive sweep. And then reparations paid–think of it as 47 years rent plus enormous unpaid damage fee.

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    3. Bockke

      It’s the settler-terrorists that need to be rounded up in a massive sweep. And reparations paid. Think of it as 48 years rent plus massive damage deposit forfeited. All those olive trees…all that water…all those lives brutalized!!!…

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      • New Relic

        Hey Bulakke, did one year pass between this posting and the one above? Or just sloppy work on your behalf?

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