Hiba al-Labadi has been on hunger strike for 35 days after being imprisoned by Israel since August without trial. Now Palestinian and Israeli activists are trying to raise awareness about the case. They launched a viral campaign on Sunday. They demand the release of the Jordanian woman.
Administrative detention is a practice which Israel uses to detain Palestinians without charge or trial indefinitely. Administrative detention orders are reviewed every six months. However, detainees are not told of what crimes they are being accused of. There is also no evidence shown against them. The result is that the detainee cannot defend oneself against these orders.
Hiba al-Labadi, a 24-year-old Palestinian-Jordanian national. She was detained on August 20th. She was crossing the Allenby Bridge border, traveling from Jordan with her mother to a wedding in the West Bank. Her arrest was reportedly related to meetings she allegedly had with Hezbollah affiliates. This would have been during a previous visit to Beirut, where she was visiting her sister.
Protests for Hiba
On Saturday, dozens of Palestinians demonstrated on Salah a-Din Street in East Jerusalem, demanding the Israeli army release al-Labadi. The police dispersed the crowd and arrested two protesters. While police brutality was filmed showing demonstrators being thrown and sat on.
Over the weekend, activists in Israel launched a social campaign. They included a photo of al-Labadi with the caption “Have you heard of me?” in Arabic and Hebrew, in order to draw attention to her administrative detention. The Hebrew-language Facebook page provides more information about her arrest and the case.
Palestinian and Israeli activists launched a viral campaign on Sunday demanding the release of a Jordanian citizen who has been on hunger strike for the past month after being imprisoned by Israel without trial since August.On Sunday, activists in Israel launched a 30-hour long protest action in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square during which several women sat handcuffed to a chair inside a transparent box meant to resemble al-Labadi’s interrogation cell. The action caused passersby to stop and take photos of the display, with several of them calling the police to report an “elderly woman tied to a chair.” Two officers arrived on the scene to look into the complaints.
“This is a young woman who has been imprisoned since August with no indictment and no one in Israel is talking about it,” said Sigal Avivi, a prominent political activist and one of the organizers of the initiative. “We can no longer be silent. Time and time again we see Israel use this tool, which is in violation of international law.”
Attorney Juwad Bolous visited al-Labadi during detention. He said that since her arrest she has been interrogated for 16 days in a row. All this time she was being deprived to see her lawyer. Most interrogation sessions lasted hours, as she was handcuffed and tied to a chair. “All the means of torture and oppression were used to force her to sign a damning confession. But despite the cruel investigation, she did not confess,” Bolous wrote over the weekend.
According to reports by Palestinian journalists, al-Labadi was transferred from Jalma Prison to a hospital in Haifa for treatment. She was returned in custody soon after.