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Israel frees prisoner detained 30 months without charge
Published Friday 20/12/2013 19:18
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Friday released a Palestinian prisoner from Hebron after keeping him in administrative detention for over two and a half years.

Mahmud Issa Abed al-Hamid Masalma, 54, was released on Friday after spending more than 30 months in prison without ever being charged by authorities.

Masalma was detained on Aug. 20, 2011 and was transferred to administrative detention because Israeli authorities said that he "constitutes a danger to the security of Israel."

They refused, however, to explain what kind of danger he posed, and kept him without charge for the entirety of his detention.

Administrative detention refers to the tactic of keeping a prisoner without charge or trial for extended periods of time, often due to "security" concerns.

Israel routinely uses this tactic on detained Palestinians, even though international law stipulates it only be used in exceptional circumstances.

According to Israeli human rights groups B'tselem, in October 2013 140 Palestinians were being kept in administrative detention in Israeli prisons, down from a high of nearly 1,000 in 2002.

5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of October 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs.

Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.

Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.
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1 ) Maureen / Australia
21/12/2013 09:49
Another lucky bugger, home for Christmas and back to the bosom of his family. Happy days.

2 ) @ Maureen-1 / Reality
22/12/2013 05:53
He may be "back to the bosom of his family", but since Militants are almost exclusively Muslims, so CHRISMAS MEANS nothing to him (certainly not peace on Earth), except a time when CHRISTIANS ARE EASY TARGETS.

3 ) spb / us
23/12/2013 04:16
He has the rigth to return To jail

4 ) Rami / Palestine
23/12/2013 10:31
#2 You assume too much from no evidence at all. Obviously you don't live here so what do you know? How do you know he's a militant? How do you know that Christmas means nothing to him? Peace on earth is mentioned in the Koran as well as the Bible by the way and Christians & Muslims celebrate the Christmas celebrations here in Palestine. Finally, Christians are not being targeted by Muslims. They're targeted by Israelis but I'm sure none of this fits in your neat little package of propaganda.
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