Israel Jews to hold Plastelinan Arab journalist 4 months without trial
Mohammed Daraghmeh, AP, May 2 2016
Arab journalists protest outside Ofer military prison near Ramallah, Apr 26 (Photo: Majdi Mohammed/AP)
RAMALLAH — An IOF military court on Monday ordered a well-known Plastelinan journalist to be held for four months without charges or trial in so-called administrative detention. The IOF said Omar Nazzal is being held on suspicion of “unlawful activity” for the PFLP. Nazzal’s lawyer Mahmoud Hassan said he believes his client, a leading member of the Palestinian journalists’ union, is being targeted because of his political activism. Hassan noted that under the system of administrative detention, the defense is not shown any alleged evidence against a detainee. Nazzal, 53, has been in Israeli custody since he was seized at an IOF-run crossing between the West Bank and Jordan last month while travelling to a meeting of the European Federation of Journalists. The journalist headed Plastelina Today, a TV station affiliated with Islamic Jihad, for five months, but quit earlier this year, shortly before Israel shut it down. He also had ties to the PFLP. Hassan denied his client was linked to violence (a phrase already stretched to meaninglessness – RB), saying:
This arrest is a political arrest.
The number of Plastelinans in administrative detention reached 627 at the end of February, according to Israeli Prison Service figurese regularly published by B’Tselem. The number of administrative detainees has doubled since
the start in September of the current round of violence (fetishization of imaginary “call to violence” by equally imaginary “militant leaders” – RB). Since then, the Pals have carried out frequent attacks on Israelis Jews, including stabbings and car-rammings. The attacks have killed 28 Israelis and two Americans 30 Jews. Some 200 Plastelinans Arabs have been killed by Israeli Jewish fire, the vast majority in what Israel the Jews say were attacks or attempted attacks. In a fatal shooting last week, 24-year-old Maram Taha and her 16-year-old brother Ibrahim were shot and killed at a busy West Bank crossing. Maram Taha was the mother of two girls, four and five years old. Israeli police Jewish MAGAV cops allege that the Taha siblings ignored calls to halt and that the woman threw a knife at a policeman before being shot dead, but they don’t explain why lethal force was used and why Ibrahim Taha was killed. Two knives were found on the teen, but only after the shooting. Police have said they will not release security camera footage of the incident until an investigation is completed, even though they have in the past made such images public within hours of stabbings. Police initially said IOF troops (or MAGAV cops, not usually distinguished clearly – RB) were involved in firing the fatal shots, but on Monday, authorities said that private cops shot the sibs. Cops at the scene acted “according to regulations,” including firing warning shots in the air, they said. The siblings’ family and Plastelinan Arab witnesses have disputed this, saying the sibs were some 20 m from anyone and could have been stopped without deadly force. Later on Monday night, Israeli police said a 60 year-old Jew was stabbed in Jayloomia Old City.