RAMALLAH, March 9 (JMCC) - Palestinian cartoonist Mohammed Saba'aneh was detained by Israel in February and is being held in administrative detention - essentially without being charged, reports
He is among tens arrested in recent weeks, including Palestinian parliamentarians and activists. They join some 4,800 prisoners in Israeli jails, over a hundred of them in administrative detention.
A handful are currently staging hunger strikes over their ongoing detention, and two men, Samer Issawi and Ayman Sharawneh, are in dangerously poor health. The two were released in a prisoner swap for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2011, but were rearrested and their original sentences restored.
detained by Israeli authorities on February 16th, 2013 while crossing
back into the West Bank from Jordan, where he had been on a four-day
trip. Like many Palestinians in Israeli jails, Saba’aneh is being held
without charge and cartoonists around the globe as well as journalist
and human rights groups are demanding his release.The plight of the prisoners has drawn protests in the West Bank, adding insecurity to an unstable situation.
Saba’aneh is a
cartoonist for Al-Hayat al-Jadida, the official newspaper of the
Palestinian Authority. He also works at the Arab American University in
Jenin on the West Bank.