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The Palestinians resisting Israel’s threats of detention and death 

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Political prisoner Amir Makhoul has been released after almost a decade in an Israeli dungeon.

He has given his first interview to the anti-apartheid activist, Adri Nieuwhof, who has been corresponding with him in prison all these years.

Makhoul was the director of a Ittijah, a union of Palestinian community organisations within present day Israel. His 3am arrest by the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret police “smacks of pure harassment, designed to hinder his human rights work,” said Amnesty International in May 2010 when he was detained.

They confiscated all the family’s computers, mobile phones and many personal items, and scoured Ittijah’s offices.

“It was a traumatic arrest for [myself] and for my daughters,” Janan Abdu told the Electronic Intifada in 2012. Abdu is Mahkhoul’s wife and a human rights activist in her own right.

The children spent “two weeks not seeing their father. I lost my two parents during the month of [Amir’s] jailing and I wasn’t able to even see Amir or hug him. My daughter graduated from school without her father beside her. When you speak about the personal level, it’s so hard.”

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Makhoul was initially detained without access to a lawyer. Three weeks after his arrest, the Shin Bet accused him of making contact with an agent for Lebanon’s Hezbollah, but they presented........

© Middle East Monitor