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Charges brought against human rights defender Sami Huraini

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On 31 May 2021, the Military Court of Ofer held the second hearing session for human rights defender Sami Huraini. During the hearing the Court heard four witnesses, all of whom are Israeli soldiers who suppressed the peaceful demonstration on 8 January 2021 in south Hebron. The soldiers testified as witnesses against the human rights defender. The hearing was held in Hebrew, therefore international observers from Ireland, the UK, Canada, Switzerland and the EU could not understand as the Court did not permit interpretation of the session.

On 9 January 2021, the Israeli army stormed the house of human rights defender Sami Huraini and arrested him. On 13 January the Military Court of Ofer ordered his release on a bail of 10,000 Israeli shekels (approximately 2,600 Euros) and precautionary measures. Sami Huraini is accused of 'insulting a public police border', 'disturbing the public order', and 'entering a closed military area'.

About Sami Huraini

Sami HurainiSami Huraini is a Palestinian human rights defender and a board member of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC), a committee that opposes the extension of the illegal Israeli settlement through peaceful demonstrations. Sami Huraini is also a member of the grassroots initiative 'Youth of Sumud', an initiative that was established to peacefully resist the Israeli occupation and the illegal Israeli settlements in Southern Hebron. Sami Huraini has also been involved in protecting the Palestinian civilians from settlers attacks, by escorting Palestinian children to schools and accompanying Palestinian farmers to their lands close to the green line.

4 June 2021
Second hearing session for human rights defender Sami Huraini held

On 31 May 2021, the Military Court of Ofer held the second hearing session for human rights defender Sami Huraini. During the hearing the Court heard four witnesses, all of whom are Israeli soldiers who suppressed the peaceful demonstration on 8 January 2021 in south Hebron. The soldiers testified as witnesses against the human rights defender. The hearing was held in Hebrew, therefore international observers from Ireland, the UK, Canada, Switzerland and the EU could not understand as the Court did not permit interpretation of the session.

Sami Huraini is facing the charges of 'insulting a public police border', 'disturbing the public order', and 'entering a closed military area'. Sami Huraini is allowed to present his witnesses in the next hearing session, which is scheduled to be held on 25 July 2021.

14 January 2021
Charges brought against human rights defender Sami Huraini

On 9 January 2021, the Israeli army stormed the house of human rights defender Sami Huraini and arrested him. On 13 January the Military Court of Ofer ordered his release on a bail of 10,000 Israeli shekels (approximately 2,600 Euros) and precautionary measures. Sami Huraini is accused of 'insulting a public police border', 'disturbing the public order', and 'entering a closed military area'.

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Sami Huraini is a Palestinian human rights defender and a board member of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC), a committee that opposes the extension of the illegal Israeli settlement through peaceful demonstrations. Sami Huraini is also a member of the grassroots initiative 'Youth of Sumud', an initiative that was established to peacefully resist the Israeli occupation and the illegal Israeli settlements in Southern Hebron. Sami Huraini has also been involved in protecting the Palestinian civilians from settlers attacks, by escorting Palestinian children to schools and accompanying Palestinian farmers to their lands close to the green line.

On 9 January 2021, at 2:00 a.m. the Israeli army stormed Sami Hurainis' house and violently arrested him. The human rights defender i was taken to Kiryat Arba settlement police station, where he was interrogated for few hours. His lawyer was not allowed to participate in the interrogation. After the interrogation Sami Huraini was transferred to Ofer prison. The Military Public Prosecutor accused the human rights defender of 'insulting a public police border', 'disturbing the public order' and 'entering a closed military area'. On 13 January 2021, The Military Court of Ofer ordered the release of the human rights defender on a bail of 10,000 (approximately 2,600 Euros), and under precautionary measures which include reporting to the police station every Friday from 8:30 to 3:30. His next hearing session is scheduled to be held on 1 March 2021.

Human rights defender Sami Huraini is being frequently harassed by both the Israeli settlers and Israeli authorities for his peaceful human rights work. His village Tuwani is a border village on the green line, and as a result his community are frequently subjected to harassment and attacks. The arrest of Sami Huraini comes after his participation in a peaceful demonstration on 8 January 2021. The demonstration was organised to protest against Israeli army violence, particularly after the shooting of Palestinian activist Harun Abu Aram, on 1 January 2021, who was shot in the neck from point blank range, which left him with quadriplegia.

Front Line Defenders is deeply concerned regarding the charges against human rights defenders Sami Huraini. Front Line Defenders believe that Sami Huraini is being charged solely as a result of his peaceful human rights work.