Youngest administrative detainee, unknown reasons

Ten months have passed since the 17-year-old teen, Suleiman Abu Qatish, was put in the administrative detention, without any charge or justification for his detention.

Abu Qatish, from the village of Yabroud, east of Ramallah in the West Bank, is the youngest administrative detainee in the Israeli jails, and he is still a student at school. He was detained late last year and his detention was extended for the third time.

The commander of the Israeli army a few days ago held a private meeting, with the intelligence, at the Ofer court regarding Abu Qatish, for reasons that are still unknown.

"The Israeli forces continue to prevent the family from visiting him for ten months. Before the Coronavirus, they prevented us from visiting him under the pretext of security; then they prevented us due to the virus. They set us a visit and it was canceled for unknown reasons," said Salem Abu Qatish, Suleiman's father. He added that his son is in Damon jail after going through Ofer and Majdou jails.

He revealed that his son's attorney informed them some of the points of the secret file in Suleiman's case and the reasons for his detention, which include, as the Israeli authorities claim, "posing a threat to the security in the region in which he lives, and receiving instructions and money from abroad."

However, Abu Qatish condemned these justifications for the continued administrative detention of his son and its extension again and again.

"Suleiman is a school student and he is still a child. These are lies and fabrications," the father underscored.

He appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross, human rights organizations and child care institutions to intervene to release him, denouncing the decision to detain him administratively.

Source : Safa