Yesterday SFP activists attended Salem Military Court with Ghassan’s lawyer as we had been told Ghassan would appear in Court. By the afternoon it became clear Ghassan was not at Salem. After investigations by his lawyer SFP was informed that Ghassan had appeared in the secret Court at Petah Tikva on Sunday 31 August, where he had been transferred. His detention was extended for a further 7 days.
Petah Tikva is the notorious interrogation facility where Palestinians held there are held in isolation and have no access to legal advice or outside contact. Ghassan was transferred there for interrogation along with Yassar Bashar Qadous (18 years old) who was arrested from Burin one day after Ghassan.
Ghassan was held for over a month at Tikva in 2010, so knows all too well the games the Israeli interrogators will use. Therefore, SFP suspects Yassar has been arrested in order to try and apply pressure to him, due to his lack of experience, to talk against Ghassan.
Ghassan is a father of 1 year old, who he was very much looking forward to spending time with when his son visited Palestine.
SFP is in constant contact with their families and all the youth of Burin. We will shortly be launching a campaign for the release of Ghassan and would kindly ask you to keep checking our website for details of what you can do to help. In the meantime if you would like to send a message of solidarity to Yassar’s and Ghassan’s family, SFP are collating messages that we will pass on to the family. Please email us here with your message.
Dr. Yousef Abdul Haq:
On the same day SFP learned of Ghassan’s transfer we also spoke to Dr. Yousef’s lawyer who confirmed an Israeli Judge had approved an order to detain Dr. Yousef for 4 months without trial or charge, known as administrative detention.
Dr. Yousef is 73 years old and suffers from high blood pressure. SFP will be launching an urgent appeal later today for Dr. Yousef’s immediate and safe release. Like Ghassan and Yassar we are in constant contact with Dr. Yousef’s family. If you would like to send a message of solidarity to Dr. Yousef’s family, SFP are collating messages that we will pass on to the family. Please email us here with your message.
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