Israel said set to deport French-Palestinian lawyer held on suspicion of terror

Salah Hamouri, a French-Palestinian lawyer, embraces his father Hassan at their home in the village of Dahyat al-Barid near Jerusalem in the West Bank, after being released from an Israeli prison, on September 30, 2018. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
Salah Hamouri, a French-Palestinian lawyer, embraces his father Hassan at their home in the village of Dahyat al-Barid near Jerusalem in the West Bank, after being released from an Israeli prison, on September 30, 2018. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Israel will reportedly deport a French-Palestinian lawyer who was arrested on suspicion of planning to murder the late ultra-Orthodox spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Salah Hamouri, a lawyer for Palestinian rights group Addameer, which has now been outlawed by Israel, was arrested in 2005 and sentenced to 7 years in prison.

He was freed in the 2011 Shalit prisoner exchange deal, and was been repeatedly placed under administrative detention, a controversial measure enabling the holding of a person without trial in cases where revealing the evidence against them in court is deemed to have the potential to harm national security.

He has been barred from entering the West Bank, and therefore from visiting his wife and children, who live there.

Hamouri, a resident of East Jerusalem’s Kafr Aqab, was most recently arrested in March 2022 on suspicion of belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group.

He will be deported to France, several Hebrew sites report.

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