Amnesty appeals for Palestinian clown detained by Israel

Israeli soldiers stand guard during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 5, 2015Amnesty International and Palestinian cultural institutions have launched an appeal for help for 23-year-old Palestinian circus performer and teacher Mohammad Abu Sakha, held by Israel for nearly three months without trial. Abu Sakha was arrested on December 14 in the occupied West Bank, and held since January in administrative detention, the controversial measure under which Israel can hold suspects without trial for periods of six months, renewable indefinitely. Amnesty said Israel believes Abu Sakha is a member of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which is considered a militant movement by Israel due to its armed wing.

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