UA: 27/13 Index: MDE 15/002/2012 Israel Date: 5 February 2013



Palestinian human rights defender Hassan Karajah had his interrogation period extended by nine days by an Israeli military court on 4 February. A security services order to deny him access to a lawyer was extended till 6 February.

This is the second time a military court has extended Hassan Karajah's interrogation period since his arrest at his home in the village of Saffa near Ramallah on 23 January 2013.

According to his brother, Israeli forces searched the house for about three hours while Hasan Karajah was interrogated outside the house and then blindfolded, handcuffed and taken to the Moscobiyya Detention Centre (also known as the Russian Compound) in Jerusalem.

On 24 January he was moved to Jalameh prison in northern Israel and brought before a military court there, which extended his detention by 12 days. The security services interrogating him issued an order the same day to deny him access to a lawyer; the order was renewed on 4 February for two days.

On 29 January, the Palestinian human rights organization Addameer filed a petition against the order to extend Hasan’s interrogation without access to lawyer. A military court decision on 31 January rejected the appeal.

His brother has told Amnesty International that Hassan suffers from an infection and back injury as a result of an accident and he requires treatment and daily medical supervision. He said that Israeli forces had prevented Hassan Karajah from taking his medication on the night of his arrest. He said that an officer from Jalameh prison where Hassan Karajah is held called the family on 3 February and asked them to provide the prison authorities with his medication and medical reports, without giving any further information.

Please write immediately in Hebrew, English or your own language:

Calling on the Israeli authorities to allow Hassan Karajah access to his lawyer immediately;

Calling on them to release Hassan Karajah unless he is charged with an internationally recognizable criminal offence and tried in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards;

Calling on them to protect Hassan Karajah from torture and other ill-treatment, and allow him all necessary medical attention he may require.


Prime Minister

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ADditional Information

Hassan Karajah, 29, was arrested at his home in the village of Saffa, near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank. According to his brother, around 20 officers broke into the house at 2.30 am without a search warrant, separated the men and women into different rooms and then searched the house. They left a picture of the house in chaos after the search. They confiscated three computers and several personal documents and photos. According to the brother, the officers were violent and threatened members of the family.

Hassan Karajah is the Youth Programs Coordinator at Stop the Wall Campaign, which has previously faced harassment by Israeli forces, most recently in May 2012 when Israeli security forces raided the organization's offices. Before he joined the organization Hassan Karajah had worked as a youth coordinator for a development project including three Palestinian civil society organizations: Tamer Institute, Ma’an Development Center and Bissan Center for Research and Development. He was also a youth ambassador for the Arab Thought Forum and represented Palestinian youth in many international conferences around the world. He is also a member of the Handala Cultural Centre in his home village of Saffa.

Hassan Karajah’s arrest is part of a pattern of harassment by the Israeli security forces of human rights defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

At around 1am on 15 October 2012, Israel arrested human rights researcher Ayman Nasser, an associate of Hassan Karajah at Handala Cultural Centre, at his home in the village of Saffa. According to Addameer, the raid lasted about an hour and a half, after which Ayman Nasser was taken to the Moscobiyya Detention Centre in Jerusalem,

On 8 November a military court extended Ayman Nasser’s detention by seven days for the fourth time since his arrest. He told his lawyer that he was interrogated for up to 20 hours every day. He said that during the interrogation he was kept in a stress position on a chair with his hands tied behind his back.

Ayman Nasser was presented to a military court on 12 December 2012, where charges read against him included membership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which is banned by the Israeli authorities, and carrying out activities within this organization in support of Palestinian prisoners. According to his lawyer, Ayman Nasser denies the charges and says that his activities in solidarity with prisoners were carried out in his capacity as a human rights defender with Addameer and the Handala Cultural Centre. His trial is underway, with the most recent hearing on 4 February 2013. He remains detained in the Ofer prison near Ramallah.

Name: Hassan Karajah

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UA: 27/13 Index: MDE 15/002/2013 Issue Date: 5 February 2013


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