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January 22, 2016 1:06 pm

Amnesty Petitions for Terror-Supporting Palestinian Circus School Teacher’s Release From Israeli Detention (VIDEO)

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A meme on Abu Sakha's page, signifying the armed struggle against the entire state of Israel. Photo: Facebook.

A meme on Abu Sakha’s page, signifying the armed struggle against the entire state of Israel. Photo: Facebook.

The head of Amnesty International-Israel told The Algemeiner on Thursday why his organization is fighting tooth and nail to have a Palestinian who has expressed support for the destruction of Israel through terrorism on social media released from Israeli administrative detention.

Yonatan Gher was responding to a query about an Amnesty International USA petition circulating on Twitter, along with a YouTube video — both pointed out by pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon — to protest the detention of 23-year-old Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha, a circus performer and instructor from Jenin in the West Bank.

“Amnesty International opposes administrative detention and considers any case of administrative detention to be a serious human rights violation, regardless of what the suspicions may be,” Gher said. “We call on Israeli authorities to immediately release Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha, who has been detained since December 15th, unless he is charged with a recognizable criminal offences and tried fairly and promptly. Detainees such as Abu Sakha are denied the right to defend themselves or effectively challenge the legality of their detention because the authorities largely withhold the ‘evidence’ against them from them and their lawyers.”

Gher’s saying “evidence” in quotation marks suggests doubt that Israel has any real cause to detain Abu Sakha. This is in spite of violent posts on his Facebook page, a practice among young Palestinians that the Israeli government claims constitutes part of an incitement campaign that has fueled the daily stabbing, rock-throwing, car-ramming and shooting attacks against Israelis since September.

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Administrative detention is a counter-terrorism measure employed by Israel and other countries to prevent future acts of violence either on the part of the person detained or through the garnering of information from him/her about the imminent activities of others.

Abu Sakha’s Facebook page includes photos calling for the “liberation of Palestine” from the entire state of Israel since its establishment in 1948, both with a map that eliminates the Jewish state and pictures of men and women bearing arms. There is even a tribute to the late terror-master and founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine George Habash — with a picture of him lying in an open coffin — to mark the eighth anniversary of his death this month.

The petition on Abu Sakha’s behalf is an “urgent appeal” to have him released:

A 23-year-old Palestinian man, Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha, has been detained by the Israeli military, without charge or any explanation, since 14 December. He has not been allowed visits from his family.

1) Please write immediately in Hebrew, English or your own language:

Calling on the authorities to release Mohammad Faisal Abu Sakha, and all other administrative detainees, unless they are to be charged with recognizably criminal offences and tried fairly and promptly;

Urging them to ensure that he is given access to a lawyer of his choosing and visits from his family.

2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!

EITHER send a short email to uan@aiusa.org with “UA 12/16” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,

OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.

The YouTube appeal takes the form of a plea on the part of a disabled young Palestinian boy and his mother.

The child says: “My trainer and instructor Abu Sakha, I love you very much and I miss you very much. I felt sad when I heard that you were arrested.”

Abu Sakha is then seen mentoring children in a playground.

The child’s distraught mother says, “I call on all local and international institutions to interfere and free the trainer Mohammad Abu Sakha. I hope he will be released as soon as possible in good health, to allow him to get back to the children of the Palestinian Circus School,” before her son adds, “Please God, bring us back Abu Sakha very soon.”

At the end of the video clip, a slide appears with harsher language than its Twitter counterpart:

Mohammad Abu Sakha, trainer & performer at the Palestinian Circus School, was arrested and sentenced to six months administrative detention by the Israeli Occupation Forces without ANY charge.

Administrative detention can be appealed! Your help is needed to put pressure on the Israeli government! TAKE ACTION NOW! Spread the news! Sign the petition! Call or send a letter to the Israeli Occupation Forces!

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  • Nestor Makhno

    Well The Algemeiner is really in infested place where all kind of non being bugs are coming together. Devoure eachother and happy meal . BRRRRRR

  • Chain Moshe Berstein

    Sedition is no crime?
    Calling people to murder is no crime?
    The greatest crime is that amnesty allws others to demand
    his “teaching position back”.
    Duh what does he teach- how to kill using tricks!

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Correction: Well written article Ruthie. I’m a member of A I in Australia even I ‘m not very active. I disagree with the standing of Amnesty that is ignoring that placing on social media incitament to kill and destroy other is a crime as if not personally done is promoting other to do so! Amnesty had a big base of peoples but like any other organization had been take over by the more extremist that are not representing the base. Is ridiculous that West Bank, that is manovre by a leadership that had not been tested in an election, not be called by the A I do do so and to stop killing Jews with an excuse of the so call exclusive right to the Mosque. Palestinian’s had a vast territory more that Israel. The only reason is that they want impose Islamic rule that is alienation of Jew, Christians and anyone non Muslim.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Well wrote article Ruthie. I’m a member of A I in Australia even I ‘m not very active. I disagree with the standing of Amnesty that is ignoring that placing on social media incitament to kill and destroy other is a crime as if not personally done is promoting other to do so! Amnesty had a big base of peoples but like any other organization had been take over by the more extremist that are not representing the base. Is ridiculous that West Bank, that is manovre by a leadership that had not been tested in an election, not be call by the A I do do so and to stop killing Jews with an excuse of the so call exclusive right to the Mosque. Palestinian’s had a vast territory more that Israel. The only reason is that they want impose Islamic rule that is alienation of Jew, Christian’s and any one non Muslim.

  • kris Kristian

    Israel would not arrest any person for any reason, other than that person has provked hatred and terrorism.

    Israel has every right to senetence his to 6 months administratve detention.

    Where were you, when Shalit was detained fdor 5 years, with nobody knowing if he was alive or dead.
    What about thwe other Israie soldiers who “diasappeared” without trace.?

    Israel had a good reason the detain the terrorist who proposes thwe destruction of Israel.Would USA accept any promotion to destroy USA?
    If he was in an Arab country and spoke against the Arab country, he wulr have been executed.

    Why dont you protest against the hanging od homosexuals without any triaL

    Rest assured that this terrorist is being well looked after, and well fed.
    Would any other country, other than Israel, allow murderers to study ?
    It only in Israel that this happems.

    They get the best medical treatment in the prisons.

    NO DO NOT RELEASE HIM

  • E benAbuya

    This might have a 1/4 sliver of credibility had they been this vocal about the detention of Ettinger. But that would require Amnasty to have actual principles.

  • I have long since refused to make any donaton to Amnesty International, as I know giving any money to them is financing islamic terrorism. I also find it nauseating how they are into the business of defaming any “conservative” governman, as they did in Australia.

  • dante

    gher is a fool, a moral imbecile. in his “mother goose” world, “any…administrative detention is a serious human rights violation.” for this moron, it’s better to allow an attack to occur. sure, in the effed-up mind of this dummy, an attack on civilians, with casualties, is not a human rights violation…that’s OK, right? the only thing that matters is the detention of a suspect.

    btw: though this fool doesn’t know it and doesn’t care, many democratic countries, in war-time, permit the detention of national security suspects. Israel’s administrative detention statute was inherited from the british mandate. the same or similar statutes were used by britain when it faced a threat of domestic terrorism. in the US, during WWII, suspected german spies were arrested secretly, detained, and tried before military commissions.

    one wonders how Israel produced a moral imbecile like gher.

  • ART

    amnasty incorrigible has long been silent defending Israeli MIAs or Jews in arab lands Amnasty has a long anti Israel history. Follow the money

  • Glenda urmacher

    Let him rot in jail forever or die, which ever comes first.

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