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ISRAELI AUTHORITIES COMMIT WAR CRIME OF FORCIBLE DEPORTATION AGAINST PALESTINIAN-FRENCH HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER SALAH HAMMOURI
Such a move constitutes a war crime of forcible deportation of a protected civilian from the occupied territory, as defined in Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. More importantly, it stands as a horrifying escalation of Israel’s systematic practice of demographic engineering and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from occupied Jerusalem.
Detained by Israel and threatened with deportation, Palestinian human rights lawyer writes from prison a letter of defiance, refusing to apologise for standing up to the occupation and colonisation of his homeland.
The “Justice for Salah” campaign aims to end the Israeli settler-colonial regime’s
Salah was born in 1985 in Jerusalem, Palestine, to a Palestinian father and a French mother. His life was shaped by the experience of growing up amidst the grave injustices of Israeli colonisation and occupation, witnessing its daily violence and brutality.
A symbol of justice
Salah Hammouri is a French-Palestinian lawyer, Human Rights Defender (HRD), and former political prisoner who has become synonymous with the Palestinian struggle for justice in Jerusalem.
Salah is presently held under administrative detention, with no charges and no trial, while facing the imminent threat of deportation, giving a renewed urgency to the growing campaign for his freedom.
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Salah was transferred to Hadarim a high security prison, as punishment for exercising his freedom of expression and sending a letter to the French head of state Emmmanel Macron asking him to act. We invite you all to write a letter to our beloved Human Rights Defender, Salah Hammouri, and send it to the following address:
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Salah, age 15, is shot with live ammunition by Israeli occupation forces while participating in a demonstration in Jerusalem at the start of the Second Intifada. He sustained an injury in his right thigh and the bullet remains in Salah’s body until today.
Salah has been arrested six times, the first as a child at the age of 16. He has since then been arrested at the ages of 19, 32, 35, and 36, a total imprisonment of eight years and eight months.
Salah is arrested at age 16, for participating in student activities during the Second Intifada. Salah was arbitrary imprisoned for over 4½ months and deprived from beginning his school year and studies.
French, French renowned actor Francois Cluzet comments on the arrest of Salah Hammouri:
30 June 2020- 7 July 2020
Salah is arrested near Sheikh Jarrah medical center in Jerusalem. He is taken to al-Moscobiya Interrogation Center and his detention was extended for an additional eight days under the pretext of further investigation.
03. ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION
Salah was subjected to administrative detentions with no charges and no trials three times during his lifetime. Salah is currently in Ofer Prison held yet again with no charges and no trail.
20 February 2004- 24 June 2004
Salah is arrested, age 19, from his student dormitory in Bethlehem and placed under administrative detention, i.e. without charge or trial.
“In 2004, I was arrested again. The Minister of Defense at the time made me the youngest “administrative” detainee in Jerusalem.”
29 August 2017
Salah is put on a six months administrative detention order from 29 August 2017 until 28 February 2018. This order was extended for four months, before being renewed for an additional three months.
7 March 2022
Salah is arrested from his home in Kufor Aqab, north of Jerusalem, during a dawn raid by the Israeli occupation forces including special forces units. He is taken from his bed and forced into a stress position until transferred to a military jeep to Ofer military base.
10 March 2022
Salah is issued an administrative detention order for three months without charge or trial. 490 Palestinian administrative detainees are 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 requests his legal counsel do the same.
Salah was held for 273 days in administrative detention from March 7th until December 5th.
March 2015- September 2016
05. FAMILY SEPARATION
5 January 2016
Salah received a decision of his residency revocation on the 17th of October 2021 by the Israeli Minister of Interior Affairs. As a result, Salah lost his right to movement, work, National Social Security, and health insurance. Upon release from his current administrative dentition, Salah is at risk of forcible transfer from his hometown Jerusalem.
Salah was officially notified of the Israeli Minister of Interior’s intention to revoke his permanent Jerusalem residency status due to the so-called “breach of allegiance” to the Occupying State of Israel.
Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked announced the adoption of the recommendations to revoke Salah’s permanent residency on “breach of allegiance” charges, citing intentionally vague and broad allegations and based on withheld “secret information” confirming her intentions to proceed with approving the process.
Israeli Interior Ministry officially notified Salah of the revocation of his permanent residency status in Jerusalem.
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Salah Hammouri is at risk of deportation as Israel’s Ministry of Interior has taken action to revoke his residency status in East Jerusalem. The Israeli authorities must release Salah Hammouri immediately and ensure that he is allowed to keep his residency status in Jerusalem and continue with his human rights work without fear of reprisals.
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