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Friday, March 31

Palestinian Journalist Released After 8 Months of Administrative Detention

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Israeli occupation released, Thursday, March 16, 2023 the Palestinian journalist Amer Abu Arafa from occupied Hebron, after eight months he spent in administrative detention.

Last Monday, March 13, 2023, the Israeli occupation court decided not to extend the administrative detention of the Palestinian prisoner and journalist Abu Arafa.

Abu Arafa’s wife, Safaa al-Hroub, stated that “an Israeli court decided not to renew her husband’s administrative detention, and thus his release will be on Thursday, March 16, after 8 months of administrative detention.”

The Israeli occupation forces detained the Palestinian journalist Abu Arafa on July 19, from the occupied city of Hebron, after storming his house and tampering with its contents, and later transferred him to administrative detention without charging him with anything other than his journalistic work.

Abu Arafa (39) is married and father of three children and was previously detained for a total of six years inside Israeli jails that started in 2003. He was re-arrested in 2011, to spend another two years in administrative detention.

Note that 4,500 Palestinians are currently detained inside Israeli occupation prisons, including 400 who have severe and chronic illnesses, 31 women, and 500 administrative detainees.

In the absence of strong pressure to stop the systemic inhumane abuses, the racist and fascist policies of the Prison Service Administration have a negative impact on Palestinian detainees.