The Israeli authorities renewed overnight from Sunday to Monday for at least another three months the detention of Franco-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri, according to court documents consulted by AFP. His administrative detention, which was to end or be renewed on Monday June 6, is thus renewed until September 5 according to the documents of the military justice transmitted to his lawyers and consulted by AFP.
Salah Hamouri, 37, was sentenced in March to three months of administrative detention – a controversial measure allowing Israel to incarcerate suspects without formal charge – by the Israeli military judiciary which considers him to be a member of the Popular Front of Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which he denies.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had wished for his release
The PFLP is a Marxist organization considered “terrorist” by the Jewish state and the European Union. The Israeli authorities accuse Palestinian NGOs, such as Addameer, for which Salah Hamouri works, of links with the PFLP, which they also deny.
At the end of April, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it hoped that Salah Hamouri “is released and that he can lead a normal life in Jerusalem, where he was born and where he lives, and that his wife and children obtain the right to go there to find him.
Already imprisoned between 2005 and 2011
The Palestinian rights activist was imprisoned in Israel between 2005 and 2011 for participating in the attempted assassination of Ovadia Yossef, Israel’s former chief rabbi and founder of the ultra-Orthodox Shass party, before being released in 2011 , shortly before the end of his sentence, as part of a prisoner exchange that led to the release of the Franco-Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Last November, human rights organizations claimed that his mobile phone and that of several other Palestinian activists had been hacked by Israeli spyware Pegasus from NSO.
In the process, the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), the Human Rights League (LDH) and Salah Hamouri filed a complaint in April before the public prosecutor of the Paris judicial court against NSO for “illegally infiltrating” his cell phone. Stressing that the lawyer has French nationality and that his phone had been “infiltrated” by Pegasus while he was in France, these organizations consider the French justice competent to judge this sensitive case in the relations between Israel and France .