Friday, 8 September
31200 Toulouse, France
On 23 August, three days after passing the Palestinian bar exam to practice as a lawyer, Salah Hamouri, a 32-year-old French-Palestinian, was arrested at his home in East Jerusalem by Israeli occupation forces in the most arbitrary manner and ordered to six months of administrative detention on the order ot the Minister of Defense.
Administrative detention is one of the weapons used by the Israeli authorities to imprison Palestinians without justification or pretext. The “secret file” remains unknown to the accused and their lawyers. Renewable every six months, a person can be held indefinitely in priosn with no charge. Dozens of Palestinian prisoners have spent years behind bars with no charge or trial. There are over 6,128 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including 450 in administrative detention, among them several members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
This is not the first time Salah is imprisoned by Israel, he spent seven years in prison between 2005 and 2011 on false and dubious charges.
Israel is constantly harassing him – barring him from the West Bank, forbidding his wife from Palestine, and now, since 23 August, again imprisoning him in a totally illegitimate manner!
Enough! We demand the immediate release of Salah Hamouri and thousands of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.
We cannot remain silent in the face of this new manifestation of the occupier’s power, convinced that it will not be held accountable to anyone, and for good reason. The French governments have not been characterized by their courage against arbitrary Israeli colonial practices, preferring to hide behind the manufactured image of Israel as an embattled democracy. This impunity must cease. The French government must do everything in its power to obtain the immediate release of its citizen.