On the morning of his expected release from Ofer prison, Israeli occupation authorities notified Salah Hammouri, Palestinian lawyer and human rights defender, of a three-month administrative detention renewal order against him. Although the Israeli military commander signed the renewal order against Salah on 2 June 2022, Salah and his legal counsel were only notified moments before his expected release. Salah’s administrative detention, without charge or trial, based on “secret information” is still subject to indefinite renewals.
Salah Hammouri was arrested on 7 March 2022, during an Israeli occupation forces’ dawn raiding of his home in Kufr Aqab, north of Jerusalem. Later, on 10 March 2022, the Israeli military commander issued the first administrative detention order against Salah for three months, to end on 6 June 2022. More than 500 Palestinian administrative detainees are currently undertaking a collective boycott of Israeli military courts to protest the Israeli occupation’s illegal systematic and arbitrary practice of administrative detention. Salah joins the boycott, refusing to participate in the military proceedings related to his administrative detention and requesting his legal counsel do the same.
Extension of the administrative detention period severely increases the psychological suffering of Palestinian detainees. Once detainees begin to think that they will soon be released, the Israeli occupation authorities often renew the detention order without any charges. Several studies on the effects of administrative detention showed the element of unpredictability, loss of control, and the absence of a specific end date are all contributing factors to causing acute pressure on detainees and their families that force them to live in a “permanent state of waiting.”