by Jim Joyce, AICS(ES) Israel, Occupied Territories, Palestine Coordinator
Hassan Safadi, a Palestinian journalist and Media Coordinator for Addameer, a prisoners’ rights organization, was detained returning from Jordan at the Karameh bridge crossing into the Occupied Palestinian Territory on 01 May by Israeli authorities.
He was taken to the Moscobiyyah Police Detention Center in Jerusalem and interrogated. This interrogation continued after he was transferred to Kitziot Prison in the Negev southern Israel. He told his lawyer he was subjected to sleep deprivation and tied into stress positions during those interrogation sessions. Such treatment violates the prohibition under international law of torture and other ill-treatment. For a period between 12 and 22 May he was denied access to his lawyer.
His sister reported that IDF personnel came to their home and took away any papers “that had Hasan’s name.” They also carried away books that were inscribed with his name.