Write to Canadian government calling for #JusticeforSalah
Take one minute and write a letter to the Canadian Prime Minister and Global Affairs Minister calling on the Canadian government to hold Israel accountable for its violation of international law in regard to Salah Hammouri, administrative detention and deportation policies in Jerusalem.
Salah Hammouri’s current administrative detention order is due to expire tomorrow on June 6, 2022. There are grave concerns that the Israeli authorities will use this opportunity to enact his forced deportation from Jerusalem, or prolong his arbitrary detention by renewing his administrative detention order.
Salah Hammouri’s case illustrates the Israeli authorities’ apartheid regime, including the widespread and systematic practice of illegal deportation and demographic manipulation, as manifested through its laws, policies, and practices, to maintain an institutionalized regime of domination and oppression over the Palestinian people as a whole. It is part of a larger attack on Palestinians living in occupied Palestine, and Palestinian residents of Jerusalem in particular, including with regard to Israel’s policy of forcible transfer and persecution, whether through residency revocation – under so-called “breach of allegiance” to the State of Israel or by failing to prove that Jerusalem is their “centre of life” – forced evictions, home demolitions, denial of building permits or other facets of Israel’s coercive environment imposed on the Palestinian people to drive them out of Jerusalem, and Palestine at large.
- Immediately release Salah from administrative detention
- End all threats of deportation against Salah.
- End all ID revocation and deportation policies in Jerusalem
- Cease all harassment of Salah and permit him and his family to live freely in Jerusalem.
Salah Hammouri, 37 years old, is a Palestinian-French Jerusalemite, long-time human rights defender, a lawyer with Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and a former prisoner.
Salah has been the subject of Israeli occupation harassment since he was 15 years old. He was first arrested at the age of 16 and has since been facing continuous judicial and administrative harassment by the Israeli occupation authorities, including six periods of imprisonment and arbitrary arrests. Salah faced several travel bans, exorbitant bail and fines, house arrests, separation from his family, surveillance and spyware attack, and the illegal revocation of his permanent Jerusalem residency under threat of forcible deportation on 18 October 2021, and, most recently, his arbitrary arrest on 7 March 2022. After that, Salah was placed under another illegal administrative detention for a period of three months, subject to indefinite extensions under the Israeli military orders from 1967 – adopted from the British security regulations.
Today, I stand at the most difficult crossroads of my life, from injury to detention, exile, detention without charge, and more. The occupation doesn’t stop at killing, detaining, and displacing us. I am with you today, and with your efforts, I hope my dream of continued living in my hometown Jerusalem won’t be killedSalah Hammouri, from inside Ofer Israeli Prison
The current arbitrary arrest and detention of Salah Hammouri are made more urgent and exceptional in light of the Israeli Minister of Interior’s unlawful decision, on 18 October 2021, to revoke his permanent residency status in Jerusalem under the vague and illegal criterion of “breach of allegiance” to the state of Israel. The initiation of his residency revocation under Amendment No. 30 to the Entry into Israel Law of 1952, unlawfully applied to Jerusalem, an occupied territory, entails profound violations of international law. It also puts him at imminent risk of forcible transfer and deportation, a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, as well as the crimes against humanity of persecution, apartheid, and deportation.
Amid legal procedures and advocacy efforts challenging the Israeli apartheid regime, gross violations amounting to war crimes, and crimes against humanity, including the crime of apartheid, Salah’s case has been increasingly highlighted on the international fora by UN Special Rapporteurs, NGOs, and human rights organizations. As a result, Israeli authorities have increased their systematic harassment and targeting of Salah, a vocal Palestinian human rights advocate working with one of the six Palestinian organizations unlawfully criminalized and designated by the Israeli occupation as “terrorist” in October 2021, to repress his right to freedom of expression and delegitimize and discredit his work as a human rights defender.
See more actions you can take, including the social media kit HERE.
Check out other resources, HERE.
Read about the ICC submission and other actions taken HERE.
The information provided above is from the #JusticeForSalah campaign which is supported by:
See statement of support from Amnesty International France