Soldiers Abduct A Lawyer, Who Previously Spent 9 Years In Prison, While His French Wife, Child, Were Deported

02 Jul
10:25 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, two days ago, a Palestinian lawyer with French citizenship, from occupied Jerusalem, a former political prisoner who was previously imprisoned for more than nine years, and moved him to the al-Maskobiyya interrogation facility.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers abducted Salah Hammouri while receiving treatment at a medical center in occupied Jerusalem, and was ordered under interrogation for one week.

The PPS added that Salah was frequently abducted by the army, was subject to various forms of torture, and spent more than nine years in Israeli prisons, detention, and interrogation centers.

When Salah was taken prisoner for the first time, he was held captive for two years, and shortly after his release, he was abducted yet again in the year 2005 and was released in 2011. He was accused of planning to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, an Iraqi-born and leader of the ultra-orthodox far-right Shas party.

In late September 2018, the Israeli authorities rearrested Hammouri, minutes after his release from prison after spending thirteen months under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges.

Salah, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) is married to a French solidarity activist, who gave birth to their first and only son, before Israel forcibly exiled them out of Palestine.

He was also frequently denied access to the West Bank, and was denied the right to travel out of Palestine to meet with his wife and son, under the allegation that he “poses a threat to Israel’s national security.”

Even though Salah is also a French citizen, not only he is unable to travel to France, but has also been denied family reunification with his wife and child.

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