UPDATE ON SFP MEMBERS INTERNED BY APARTHIED ISRAEL
Ghassan last appeared before Salem Military Court on Sunday 19 April 2015. As with every previous appearance the Military Judge again granted the Prosecutor more time and adjourned the Court hearing until 28 May 2015. By this time Ghassan will have been held for 9 months without trial or charge.
Ghassan was kidnapped from his home in Burin village, just south of Nablus city, on 27 August 2014. The previous day Israeli soldiers had threatened Ghassan after he attempted to prevent them invading and attacking young children in their lessons at Burin High School. A video of the attack and threats to Ghassan can be seen below.
Soldiers invaded Ghassan’s home in the middle of the night, vandalising Ghassan’s home, which he shares with his elderly parents and taking Ghassan away. Ghassan was held in solitary confinement with limited access to legal advice for one month in the notorious Petah Tikva interrogation facility before being transferred to Meggido prison, inside 1948 territories.
Since his internment Ghassan has only been able to see his baby son through a glass petition and his parents are reliant on Israeli security permission to enter ’48 to visit him in prison.
SFP understands that Israeli Apartheid Prosecutors are talking of interning Ghassan for 3 years once he finally is charged. Their claims against him reolve around resistance, all legal under international law. By the time he is released his son will have started school.
Ayman last Court appearance was postponed at the last minute. He is due to appear before a Military Court on 7 May 2015. By this time Ayman will have been interned without trial or charge for 6 months.
Despite being granted permission to visit Ayman, his wife and mother were denied access to see Ayman at the last minute, adding to their torture and distress.
Ayman was kidnapped from his home in Tamon village on 18 December 2014. He had been continually harassed by Israeli soldiers prior to his kidnapping, with threats made against him.
Samer Maklouf was attacked and knocked unconscious by Israeli soldiers in Qaryut village while planting olive trees on 15 March 2015. He was then kidnapped and transferred to Meggido prison with Mohammed Qaed. Despite agreement by Ofer Military Court for the release of Mohammed and Samer on 4000NIS fines, this was later rescinded in Samer’s case.
Samer is accused of throwing stones at the Occupation soldiers and following an ‘appeal’ by Prosecutors, the initial agreement to his release was reneged. Samer is due back in Military Court shortly.
SFP is closely in contact with lawyers and providing support to Ghassan, Ayman and Samer’s families. We would like to thank all those that have shown their support around the world for Samer, Ghassan and Ayman and we will continue to keep you updated on their situation and wellbeing. We pass all messages to their families who get great comfort from your support and well wishes.