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Demand the Release of Educator and Trainer Adnan Abdallah

Written by admin  •  Monday, 13.06.2005, 15:17

Appeal , Nina Mayorek, 13 June 2005

Adnan Na’im ‘Abdallah is a staff member at the YMCA Vocational Training Center in Aqaba refugee camp in Jericho. He is one of approximately 700 Palestinians held by Israel in administrative detention without charge or trial. Please see attached letters to campaign for his release.

I am writing to share with you the story of my friend Adnan, who has not been released from his administrative detention in Ketziot. Only a few of the 420 Palestinian prisoners recently released (mandated by the recent Sharm al Sheikh agreement between Mahmoud Abbas and Ariel Sharon) numbered among the nearly 700 prisoners currently serving administrative detention orders.

Adnan Na’im ‘Abdallah, age 31, is married without children and has been held in detention without charge or trial by the Israeli army for two and a half years. You can read more about Adnan’s story on the Amnesty International website:

I met Adnan in Dheheishe refugee camp in 1999, when a big group of Israelis and Palestinians participated in joint educational and cultural activities at the Ibda’a community center located in the camp. We studied each others’ languages, we went together to see art performances in Ramallah and Jerusalem, we hiked outdoors. Adnan was very active in the group and was committed to these activities. I was his Hebrew teacher.

After the outbreak of the current Intifada, we continued our relationship over the phone. Adnan’s conviction in the need for peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians has not been shaken by the events of this Intifada nor by his prolonged detention under very harsh conditions. Since his detention on 2 January 2003, he has called me regularly from Ketziot. (The prison authorities turn a blind eye to prisoners’ cellular phone use, as it allows them to overhear what the prisoners say).

Adnan lives between 9m cement walls in the Negev desert. The entire detention camp is divided into cages, with 120 people living in tents inside each cage. Adnan’s cage separates him from the world in 4 directions by cement walls; he is also separated from the sky by a wire net.

Why Adnan was detained?

Probably for the same reason why other educators and community leaders are detained: Adnan was a staff member at the YMCA Vocational Training Center in a refugee camp near Jericho. The Israeli Occupation Forces prefer to keep such people (i.e. educators) in prisons. This practice helps keep Palestinian society disorganized and uneducated, and thus easier to rule.

Why is he not put on trial?

Adnan was detained because a collaborator with the Israeli Security Forces claimed that Adnan gave him “military training.” Adnan denies any involvement in this kind of activity and asks for a fair trial. He continues to be refused a trail because the Israeli justice system is very human: it has to protect the collaborator, whose life would be endangered as a result of a trial because his identity would be uncovered in the course of the testimony. This is a common occurrence, and many administrative detainees are denied trial under the same pretext. For these very human considerations Adnan can be detained forever; there is no verdict (because there is no trial), and every few months his detention is just automatically prolonged.

One month ago Adnan’s 24-year-old wife managed to get a permit to visit him for the first time in 2 years and 5 months. After this long separation, they saw each other for 30 minutes, divided by transparent plastic boards. Prisoners have managed to make small holes in these boards so, as Adnan described to me, their fingers could touch each other.

Why should you write appeal letters specifically on behalf of Adnan?

Adnan is one of nearly 700 administrative detainees. This free use of administrative detention orders is just one of many expressions of the Israeli authorities’ disregard for human rights when they concern those of Palestinian people. Adnan’s case will be presented to the Israeli

Supreme Court by his lawyer. The outcome of the Supreme Court decision is not only crucial for Adnan, but also for other prisoners serving under administrative detention orders, and can help raise awareness about this issue among the wider Israeli public.

I want to ask you to participate in a campaign to release Adnan.

1. Please send one airmail letter in a stamped envelope addressed to Adnan via the detention camp Ketziot. This letter will probably not reach Adnan. None of my letters ever reached him. However, the prison authorities will get the message that somebody cares about him.

2. Please send another letter, by fax, to the Attorney-General and to the Chief Military Attorney.

For your convenience, I am including a suggested sample letter to Adnan (to be send by airmail to the Ketziot prison) and a sample letter to Menahem Mazuz, Israeli Attorney-General, and to Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit, Chief Military Attorney (to be send by fax). You need only to print them out, sign and send them. The respective adresses are written at the beginning of each letter.

With warmest regards,
Nina Mayorek

Letter to Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz

Letter to Chief Military Attorney Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit

Letter to Adnan

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