Lawyer Diala Ayesh joins 3,500 Palestinian prisoners detained administratively

Ramallah- On January 17, the occupation arrested lawyer and human rights activist Diala Ayesh after detaining her at a military container checkpoint between Bethlehem and Ramallah. The family did not know of their daughter's fate except as passengers of the public transport vehicle. Who informed about his arrest after taking him into custody and checking his card.

Then, a few days later, the prisoner institutions informed them that Diala was being held in Ofer prison, after which she was transferred to Sharon Crossing and from there to Damon prison, and transferred to administrative detention for 4 months Went.

The al-Damir Foundation for Prisoner Care and Human Rights stated that during his arrest, Dialla was attacked, threatened, and insulted by occupation soldiers, and after his arrest he was detained in harsh conditions. , because he was kept in a bad cell.

Dialla is known as a lawyer and activist protecting human rights. Over the past five years, he has also worked as a lawyer for detainees and political prisoners in occupied prisons. The occupation found no specific charges against him, so it resorted to transferring him to administrative detention, that is, detention according to a secret file that even his lawyer cannot see or show. This is an accusation against someone who has no charges before the Israeli occupation authorities, as is the case with Diala and the approximately 3,500 Palestinians who are now in Israeli prisons.

Diala's father told Al Jazeera Net that “the occupation is trying to drive activists and actors out of the Palestinian street through these arrests.” What corroborates the father's statement is that Dialla, even a few days before her arrest, was visiting prisoners in Ofer prison without permission. Facing any kind of prevention from the occupation authorities, then how? “He has a secret file under which he will be administratively detained within a few days.”

unprecedented growth

What Diala's father said is in line with the interpretation of prisoner institutions that have been monitoring this detention for years, and have monitored the increase in the number of administrative detention cases since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. According to the Palestinian Prisoner Club Foundation, it was able to document the number of administrative detainees as of the end of last January, which stood at 3,484 prisoners, including 40 children, 11 women and 21 journalists.

As part of this detention, Israel is detaining activists, lawyers, lecturers, freed prisoners and public figures in its prisons, all with the aim, as Palestinian Prisoners Club spokeswoman Amani Sarhana says, of “any confrontation with the West.” “de-escalate the situation”. Bank, which is repeated in every round of confrontation with the occupation.”

“The increase in administrative detention cases in Israeli prisons began two years ago, but the increase unprecedented in more than 35 years occurred during this war,” Farajneh told Al Jazeera Net. She adds that the majority of those now in administrative detention are released prisoners who had spent the past year in prisons, and she points out that this Israeli action is not linked to any organization alone.

time up

The arrest of lawyer and human rights activist Diala Ayesh is her first arrest, but for a large number of administrative prisoners, administrative sentences in Israeli prisons have been ten years or more, as in the case of journalist Nidal Abu Akar of the Dheisheh camp. Bethlehem.

Nidal's last administrative detention took place in July 2022, and he was released only 40 days before his two consecutive years of administrative detention, and after his arrest was resumed for the fourth time last January 28 following the Israeli occupation. From till today he is in custody. Year.

Abu Akar spent 18 separate years in Israeli prisons, including 13 years in administrative detention without charge, and the longest period was a detention that lasted 5 consecutive years, when occupation prosecutors extended the detention period. To stop the length, a case was filed against him. ,

His wife, Manal Abu Akar, told Al Jazeera Net, “We started dealing with his repeated arrests as if he was going out for a while, each time we knew he would not be with us long. Will spend.”

Manal, whose three children have grown up and graduated from schools and universities, does not remember any occasion when Nidal was present, even when she lost her father or when her father Had died. Perhaps what saddens her most is her husband's inability to continue his studies and the journalism work he loved so much, as he presented a program about prisoners on Al-Wahda radio in the city of Bethlehem.

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