Israel Places Father of Killed Palestinian in Jail without Charge, Trial

RAMALLAH, December 21, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities Monday issued an administrative detention order, without charge or trial, against the father of a Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli troops earlier this month, after he rammed his car into Israeli soldiers, according to local sources.

Israeli authorities sentenced 49-year-old Bassam Hammad, from the village of Silwad near Ramallah, to six months in prison, without a charge or trial.

Bassam is the father of Anas Hammad, who was shot dead by Israeli troops outside the village after he reportedly ran over and injured some soldiers earlier this month. Bassam is the only source of income for his family of five.

Bassam was detained from inside his home about a week ago. Forces reportedly searched and wreaked havoc into the house and threatened the family during his arrest.

Earlier Monday, Israeli army informed the family of a Palestinian who was shot dead by the army in Silwad about their intent to demolish their home, as a punitive procedure.

At least 129 Palestinians, including 26 minors and six women, have been killed by Israeli fire since the beginning of unrest in the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel in early October 2015.

Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts.

Israel uses administrative detention routinely as a form of collective punishment and mass detention of Palestinians, and frequently uses administrative detention when it fails to obtain confessions in interrogations of Palestinian detainees.