WorldIsrael releases West Bank leader Hassan Youssef

Israel releases West Bank leader Hassan Youssef


AA / Ramallah

The Israeli occupation authorities on Thursday released Hassan Youssef, a prominent leader of the Islamic resistance movement “Hamas” in the occupied West Bank, after administrative detention (without trial) which lasted 9 months.

Hassan Youssef, 63, has been released from Israeli prison in Ofer, west of Ramallah, according to the Anadolu Agency correspondent.

In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency immediately after his release, Youssef called on “human rights institutions, and the whole world, to shoulder their responsibilities towards Palestinian detainees in general, and most administrative detainees. particularly”.

“Israel is violating international law and arresting Palestinians without trial and without legal basis,” he said.

Youssef called administrative detention a “crime and immoral”.

Administrative detention is a decision of detention without trial, and its duration varies between one and six months, subject to extension.

And Youssef continues: “I have left prisoners who yearn for freedom, and the Palestinian Authority and the factions are required to assume their responsibilities to release them.”

Regarding his multiple arrests by Israel, the Hamas leader in the West Bank said: “The occupation seeks to break our will, but it has failed and will never succeed.”

Hassan Youssef was arrested on October 2, 2020 at his home in the town of Beitunia, west of Ramallah, about two months after his release from Israeli jails.

The leader spent almost 21 years in occupation prisons, on and off. Most of his years in prison were imposed under Israel’s policy of administrative detention.

* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour

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