Hussam Khader, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was released after 15 months of administrative detention without charge on Thursday, August 30, reported Ma’an. His family welcomed him at the al-Jamla checkpoint, his brother Ghassan told Ma’an.

A former member of Fatah’s legislative council, Hussam Khader was detained from his home in Balata refugee camp on June 2, 2011. Israel renewed his detention without charge order for a further six months in May.

Khader has been jailed by Israel 26 times and spent nine years in Israeli prisons.

Chairman of the parliamentary committee for the defense of refugees, Khader is a known champion of  national reconciliation.