On the night of Sunday June 5 to Monday June 6, the Israeli authorities renewed the detention of Franco-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri for another three months. His administrative detention, which was to end or be renewed on June 6, is thus renewed until September 5, according to military justice documents sent to his lawyers and consulted by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Mr. Hamouri, 37, was sentenced in March to three months of administrative detention – a controversial measure allowing Israel to incarcerate suspects without formal charge – by the Israeli military judiciary, which considers him a member of the Front. People’s Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which he denies.

The PFLP is a Marxist organization considered “terrorist” by the Jewish state and the European Union. The Israeli authorities accuse Palestinian NGOs, such as Addameer, for which Mr. Hamouri works, of links with the PFLP, which they also deny.

At the end of April, the French foreign ministry said it hoped that Salah Hamouri “is released and that he can lead a normal life in Jerusalem, where he was born and where he resides, and that his wife and children obtain the right to go there to find him.”

Hacked by Pegasus Software

This Palestinian rights activist was imprisoned in Israel between 2005 and 2011 for participating in the attempted assassination of Ovadia Yossef, former chief rabbi of Israel and founder of the ultra-Orthodox Shass party, before being released in 2011, shortly before the end of his sentence, as part of a prisoner exchange that led to the release of the Franco-Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Since last November, human rights organizations have claimed that his mobile phone, as well as that of several other Palestinian activists, had been hacked by the Israeli spyware Pegasus from the company NSO Group.

In the process, the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), the League of Human Rights (LDH) and Mr. Hamouri filed a complaint in April before the public prosecutor of the Paris judicial court. against NSO Group for “illegally infiltrating” his laptop.

Stressing that Mr. Hamouri has French nationality and that his phone had been put under surveillance by Pegasus while he was in France, these organizations believe that French justice is competent to judge this sensitive case in relations between Israel and France. .