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Israel releases Palestinian lawyers after week of interrogations

Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian protester on 9 December 2017 in Jerusalem who stood in opposition of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital . [Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian protester on 9 December 2017 in Jerusalem who stood in opposition of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital . [Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation authorities released three Palestinian lawyers on Monday after a week of detention and interrogations, according to a statement by prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

The lawyers, all of whom are “involved with the defence of Palestinian prisoners”, were arrested by Israeli occupation forces on 4 December.

The three individuals were Khaled Zabarqah from Al-Lydd, Eyad Messk, who is the head of the legal unit at the Commission of Detainees and ex-Detainees Affairs, and Feras Al-Sabbah, the director of Al-Meethaq for Human Rights organisation in Jerusalem.

“The three lawyers were kept for one week in Petah Tikva interrogation centre without receiving any charges,” Addameer stated, and were released without charge.

According to Addameer,

Israeli forces routinely target human rights defenders as part of an intensifying campaign against anyone seeking to further the cause of dignity and justice for the Palestinian people.

“As part of this, human rights defenders face ongoing forms of indiscriminate and arbitrary punishment long after their release. Requests from them and their families for permits from the Israeli authorities are consistently denied, they face targeted persecution and intimidation, detention and questioning at checkpoints, defamation, and, in some cases, re-arrest.”

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