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Stockholm- Skyline International for Human Rights calls on Israeli authorities to release 37-year-old French-Palestinian human rights defender Salah Hammouri and end the policy of administrative detention against Palestinian activists.

In a statement, Skyline states: In recent days, the Israeli occupation authorities have extended the administrative detention of Addameer Foundation for Human Rights researcher Salah Hamroui for three months.

Skyline points out that administrative detention is an Israeli form of detention that allows individuals to be detained without specific charges for renewable periods of time under the pretext of a secret file.

Skyline rreports that Hammouri was sentenced in March to three months of administrative detention in an Israeli military court on charges of being a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine activist, which he has long denied.

In this regard, Skyline indicates that Israeli forces arrested Hamouri on March 7 at his home in the Kafr Aqab neighborhood of Jerusalem, while Israeli authorities have taken further action against him since September 2020 to revoke his Jerusalem residency on the pretext of "violating loyalty" to the State of Israel, putting him at risk of deportation.

Hammouri has already served varying lengths of time in Israeli prisons and is one of six Palestinians whose cell phones have been targted by the controversial "Pegasus" spy program developed by the Israeli "NSO" group, according to data released by Palestinian human rights organizations.

Skyline considers that the arbitrary arrest of Hamour is part of the systematic Israeli persecution of human rights defenders and Palestinian civil society organizations, and is an attempt to stigmatize them as terrorists. It is part of attempts to influence their professional work in documenting Israeli rights violations.

The human rights foundation calls on France and European countries to take more decisive action against Israeli human rights violations, including the use of administrative detention as a means of punishment, concealment and intimidation without any legal basis.