October 10, 2017
The campaign for the release of imprisoned French-Palestinian lawyer and human rights defender Salah Hamouri has continued to expand. Elsa Lefort, Hamouri’s wife and the spokesperson for his support committee, has continued to speak at events and actions across the country as well as meeting with French diplomatic officials to push for meaningful French action to demand Hamouri’s release. He is currently held without charge or trial under a six-month administrative detention order after he was seized from his home near Jerusalem by Israeli occupation forces, who invaded his house in an armed pre-dawn raid.
Hamouri is a field researcher for Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and a newly graduated lawyer who passed the Palestinian bar examination only three days before he was seized by Israeli occupation forces on 23 August. He is a Jerusalemite Palestinian and former political prisoner who was jailed for nearly seven years before being released in the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange and has been an international spokesperson on the issue of Palestinian prisoners.
Elsa Lefort, Jean-Claude Lefort and Maitre Berenger Tourne, Hamouri’s French lawyer, met on 9 October with a diplomatic advisor to French president Emmanuel Macron, pushing for meaningful action to free Hamouri from administrative detention, where he is held on secret evidence without charge or trial on an indefinitely renewable term.
“As with every French citizen, Salam Hamouri must be able to benefit from the protection and support that the French State grants to its citizens and residents. Beyond consular protection, the French Republic must also take a position in this case against the arbitrary detention of Salah Hamouri and the harassment to which he and his family are subjected,” said the Support Committee.
(Liberté pour Salah Hamouri Facebook)