Israeli Forces Arrest and Hold Senior Staff Member of Addameer

Israeli occupation forces detained on Sunday, September 9, Ayman Nasser, a senior staff member of Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, the human rights organization has reported.

Ayman Nasser and his two sons

Ayman Nasser and his two sons (Photo: Addameer)

Nasser, 48, the coordinator of Addameer’s legal unit, was seized by soldiers at his home in the occupied West Bank and is currently being held without charge or trial in the Ofer military prison.

Nasser has been arrested on three previous occasions, the last of which was in 2014 when he spent more than a year under administrative detention without charge or trial.

Nasser’s wife told Addameer that soldiers broke into the house at 2:00 am, waking up the children and keeping “the entire family in the living room while they were searching the house.” The organization added that there were some ten soldiers inside the house and tens of others outside.

“They took all of our IDs and cell phones, and then they returned all of them but Ayman’s. They also took Ayman and our two boys Ameen and Naji outside for interrogation. After half an hour, they allowed Ayman to say goodbye to us and to take his medication and then all the soldiers left with him.”

In a statement prepared by Addameer, the organization wrote that Israeli occupation forces have arrested Ayman Nasser multiple times over the past few years. The statement described his re-arrest on September 9 as a “clear example of the occupation’s policy of systematically targeting human rights defenders.”