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Israel seeks detention until end of trial for Arabs not Jews

Oct. 10, 2018 2:42 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2018 2:22 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli prosecutor revealed, in court earlier this week, that Israel has only ever sought detention until the end of court proceedings for Arab suspects in online incitement offenses, but never for Jewish suspects, according to Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

Adalah issued a press release that a follow-up hearing was held yesterday in Haifa Magistrate's Court on Israel's request for detention until the end of proceedings for Raja Eghbaria, member of the High Follow-Up Committee for Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel and leader of the Abnaa al-Balad political movement.

Israel detained Eghbaria on September 11, 2018 and interrogated him for seven hours about Facebook status updates, which he had posted over the past year.

Eghbaria was held in Israeli detention since the interrogation took place.

Adalah filed charges of discrimination based on ethnic or national belonging, however, Israel failed to respond, hence the court extended Eghbaria's detention and ruled that a final decision will be made on October 15th.

Adalah said that during the hearing, it was revealed that "Israel was unable to point to one case of suspected online incitement to terrorism in which detention without bond until the end of trial was sought for a Jewish defendant."

"In contrast, Israel has made multiple requests for detention until the end of proceedings against Arab defendants in such cases."

Adalah attorneys along with private attorneys argued that "the prosecutor's policy of filing detention requests until the end of proceedings for Arab suspects only is discriminatory."

The defense stressed "There is no basis to the Israeli police claim that Eghbaria poses a danger justifying his continued detention."

In addition, the attorneys added that the prosecutor indicated that it does not deny the existence of multiple errors in its translation of Eghbaria's Arabic-language Facebook posts, to which Israel responded that even if errors in the translation were found, "it doesn’t matter."

Adalah called for the immediate release of Eghbaria without any restrictive conditions.

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