Palestinian re-arrested student Bahaa al-Najjar among 15 Palestinians ordered imprisoned in two days

admin-detentionBahaa al-Najjar, the Palestinian student re-arrested by Israeli occupation forces only one week after his release from imprisonment without charge or trial, has once again been ordered to administrative detention for six months, reported Asra Voice.  Al-Najjar, 21, a student at Palestine Polytechnic University, was released on 2 November from a year in administrative detention. On 9 November, his home was stormed by armed Israeli occupation soldiers and now he has once again been ordered back to prison with no charges against him. Al-Najjar reported that soldiers threatened him with re-arrest upon his release.

The renewed imprisonment of Al-Najjar comes as the Palestinian Prisoners Society reported on Sunday, 13 November that 15 more administrative detention orders for the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial were issued on 9 and 10 November. These included seven new administrative detention orders, not including the re-imposition of Al-Najjar’s detention.

These orders were issued as follows:

1. Mufti Marouf Amro, Bethlehem, 5 months, renewal
2. Malik Ibrahim Hamed, Ramallah, 4 months, new order
3. Yaqoub Imad Turki, al-Khalil, 6 months, renewal
4. Mohammed Mustafa al-Najjar, Bethlehem, 4 months, renewal
5. Ahmad Abdel-Jalil Shahatit, al-Khalil, 5 months, renewal
6. Ashraf Zeidan al-Jadou, Jenin, 4 months, new order
7. Fahmi Hasan Zuhour, El-Bireh, 6 months, new order
8. Mohammed Abu Aisha, Ramallah, 2 months, renewal
9. Mohammed Yousef Al-Darabieh, al-Khalil, 6 months, new order
10. Tariq Rubayah, Ramallah, 4 months, renewal
11. Mosab Saadi Sukhala, Nablus, 4 months, new order
12. Bahaa Taha al-Najjar, al-Khalil, 6 months ** (renewal after re-arrest following one week of release)
13. Yousef Ahmad Nassar, al-Khalil, 6 months, new order
14. Ahmad Salman Arman, al-Khalil, 6 months, new order
15. Louay Mohammed Daoud, Qalqilya, 4 months, renewal

There are over 700 Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence. Administrative detention orders are issued for one to six months and are indefinitely renewable. Many Palestinian prisoners have spent years at a time in administrative detention.

Riyad al-Ashqar of the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies noted that eight Palestinian prisoners’ administrative detention had been renewed for the fourth time in a row so far in November 2016.  Mohammed Ali Tabah from al-Khalil had his detention extended for the fourth time for four months; Jihad al-Aqima had his detention extended for three months; Najib Mohammed Oweiwi had his extended for four months; Anas Wesam Qukor saw his detention extended for for months; Wesam Khashan of Jenin had his extended for six months; Omar Majid Danoun had his detention extended for four months; Ahmad Mahmoud Kharoush had his extended for four months; and Halabi Radi Halabi’s detention was extended for three months. For all eight, this was the fourth consecutive administrative detention order to which they were subject.