Mr. Khader was arrested on March the 17th
when approximately 50 soldiers barged into his house located in
Balata refugee camp in Nablus during the late hours of the
night. The soldiers vandalized the entrance to his house and
smashed the door. They also fired several shots inside the house
in order to terrorize its inhabitants.
The soldiers confiscated his personal
property including his computer, mobile phone and his papers,
which included documents related to his parliamentary work.
Mr. Khader was taken in his sleepwear from
his house in the West Bank to Petah Tikva investigations
headquarter in Israel.
Mr. Khader was held in incommunicado
detention for several days, he was not allowed to contact his
family and they did not know his whereabouts. One of his
lawyers, Ra’ed Mahameed, was allowed to see him only on march
the 24th. In this meeting Khader informed his lawyer
that he is being under investigation for more than 20 hours a
day, he also informed his lawyer that he was deprived of sleep
and was given only 3 hours to rest and eat.
Khader was brought in front of a military
judge on March the 26th and the hearing was held in
Petah Tekva headquarter. The defense attorney Riad Anes was not
allowed to see any material gathered against Khader during the
investigation since it was classified as secret evidence by the
security forces. The security forces asked for the renewal of
his arrest for purposes of investigation. They claimed that he
was suspect of committing two crimes:
I. Jeopardizing the region’s
Engaging in militant
activities against Israeli targets in the West Back.
During the cross-examination, the defense
attorney Riad Anes, asked the investigators for further
elaboration on the alleged commission of such acts by Khader,
the investigators refused to answer. For example, when Anes
asked them how did Khader jeopardize the region’s safety, for
instance did he incite people on radio or TV, did he publish
articles in order to incite people, did he get money from
foreign sources that was later used to sponsor militant
activities; the investigators refused to answer the question.
When Anes asked them in which attacks against Israeli targets
Khader was involved, or whether anyone was injured as a result
of these alleged attacks, the investigators also refused to
answer these questions.
At the end of the hearing the judge agreed
to renew Khader’s arrest for additional 15 days.
After the hearing, Khader’s family and his
lawyers did not know his whereabouts. They contacted the
authorities for several days trying to find out in which
detention facility he was held. On April the 4th, the
authorities informed them that Khader was transferred to Acre,
only after defense attorney Riad Anes threatened the security
services with filing a motion to the court.
Advocate Riad Anes was able to see Khader
at the same day in Acre. According to Anes, Khader seemed very
tired and he could not tell when exactly he was transferred to
Acre. Khader informed his attorney that he was undergoing an
intensive investigation by many officers that try to pressure
him constantly; he also informed his lawyer that he was deprived
of sleep. According to Khader, he also was held in isolation and
officers made him sit on a chair during investigation while his
hands tied behind his back and his ankles tied. Although Khader
was suffering from severe spinal pain, the prison authority
refused to provide him with medical care.
On April the 8th, a second
hearing was held in Jalameh prison near the northern city of
Haifa. The Judge agreed to renew Khader’s arrest for 17 days. In
the hearing, the defense attorney asked the judge to allow
medical examination of Khader, whose health was deteriorating
due to severe methods of investigation used against him. In
addition, the General Security Services issued an order
prohibiting the defense attorney, Riad Anes, form meeting Khader
for 5 days starting from April the 8th.
According to Anes, the prohibition on
visiting Khader was used to pressure Khader and intimidate him
during the investigation. During the hearing, Khader informed
his lawyer that he was still suffering from deprivation of sleep
and extremely long hours of investigation. Anes also added that
Khader is being transferred from one detention facility to
another and as a result Khader looked very exhausted during the
On April the 14th, the ban on
visiting Khader was extended to April the 18th
without any explanation.
On April 21st, Khader’s arrest
was extended for the 3rd time by a military court at
Jalameh prison, despite the deterioration of his health. His
lawyer demanded his quick and immediate release arguing that
allegations raised against Mr. Khader were groundless.
Khader was still being subjected to
emotional and psychological pressure that includes solitary
confinement, exposure to extremely loud noises, and lengthy
interrogations. In addition, the Israeli authorities have denied
him access to basic medical care, despite the fact he complained
about several health problems.
Only on April the 25th the ban
on visiting Khader was terminated and Khader was able to meet
with his lawyer, Advocate Riad Anes, face-to-face. In this rare
opportunity, Khader informed his lawyer about the status of his
health, the allegations still facing him and the miserable
detention and imprisonment conditions that all Palestinian
prisoners are subjected to in Israeli prisons. Khader was still
being subjected to daily interrogations and continued pressures
from prison authorities in order to extract a confession out of
him. According to Anes, it was apparent that Khader was
physically weak. It is important to emphasize that only Khader’s
lawyer was allowed to meet with him; even his family members
were not permitted to see him.
On May the 5th, Khader’s detention was once
again extended for the 4th time since his arrest.
Raising the same allegations against him, the military court at
the Jalemeh prison decided to extend his arrest for additional
Despite pressures made by Khader’s lawyer,
along with other efforts launched by other committees and groups
defending prisoner’s legal rights, and regardless to the fact
that Khader continued to suffer from serious medical problems,
the Israeli authorities continued to prevent the International
Red Cross members from visiting or assisting Khader with any
On May the 13th, Advocate Riad
Anes was able to visit Khader. According to Anes, Khader told
him that he was being subjected to harsh treatment and ongoing
investigations. Khader also told his lawyer that he did not
receive any medical treatment despite the fact that his health
On May the 21st, Khader’s arrest
was extended for the 5th time since his arrest. It
was now extended for additional 15 days. Khader was transferred
back from Acre to the Petah Tikva prison. During the hearing,
Khader’s lawyer, Riad Anes, demanded that Khader either be
released or charged, but the court refused his request.
Before being transferred back to Petah
Tikva, Khader was held for a week in absolute isolation in his
cell. He was not allowed to see anyone, not even the wardens.
After a week of absolute isolation, he was questioned for 60
hours (2 ½ days) without a break. During the investigation, he
was not allowed to sleep or eat.
On June the 4th, Khader’s arrest was
extended for the 6th time. This time it was extended
for 14 additional days.
Despite failures to connect Khader to any
militant activities and/or unlawful finances allegedly
associated with the Al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades, and regardless to
disagreements often found among the various intelligence and
military agencies in Israel over his continued detention, the
Israeli authorities remain opposed to releasing Khader from
Given the potential changes in the current
political situation in the territories along with the apparent
dangerous deterioration of Khader’s health, objections to his
detention are indeed on the rise. It is hoped that such
continued efforts will eventually lead to securing Khader’s
release, along with other Palestinian political prisoners, from
the harsh and inhumane conditions of Israeli prisons.
Since his arrest, almost three months ago,
Khader has maintained a firm and unequivocal denial to all
allegations made against him.
Khader’s family members, who are still
being prohibited from seeing him since the day of his arrest,
fear that the harsh investigation methods, if continued, will
eventually break him. They are also extremely worried about his
health, especially because he suffers from a heart condition and
has not been able to take his medicine since he was arrested.