qatameshPalestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh‘s administrative detention was extended for the seventh time on in an Israeli military court on August 24, 2013. No reasons were given for the extension.

Qatamesh, a Palestinian political writer and university lecturer, was taken from his home by Israeli forces on April 21, 2011. Prior to his current administrative detention, he spent a previous six years, from 1992 until 1998, in administrative detention.

Amnesty International, among many others, has called for his release.

Qatamesh’s lawyer noted that the policy of administrative detention violates international law and is a flagrant violation of basic human rights to know why one is detained and be given the opportunity to defend himself. He demanded an end to the policy of administrative detention.

Article by Ahmad’s daughter Haneen about his arrest: http://electronicintifada.net/content/when-israeli-soldiers-came-arrest-my-father/9901

Addameer profile of Ahmad Qatamesh:
http://www.addameer.org/etemplate.php?id=156

1998 interview with Ahmad Qatamesh:

http://www.freearabvoice.org/interviewSeniorAdministrativeDetaineeQatamesh.htm

In 1999, Ahmad Qatamesh was detained by the Palestinian Authority for joining a protest against corruption: http://www.phrmg.org/pressrelease/1999/04dec1999.htm

Write to Ahmad Qatamesh:
Ahmad Qatamesh, Ofer Prison, Givat Zeev, PO Box 3007, via Israel