«Писатель» Амир Махуль арестован в Хайфе органами контрразведки.
This morning, May 6, 2010 at 6 am the Israeli General Security Service (GSS or the «Shabak») accompanied by Israeli police raided the home of Ameer Makhoul in Haifa with a warrant for his arrest. Mr. Makhoul is a political activist and serves as the General Director of Ittijah — The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations and Chairman of the Public Committee for the Protection of Political Freedoms in the framework of the High Follow-up Committee for the Arab Citizens of Israel.
The police conducted an extensive search of the house and confiscated items including cell phones and computers. According to his wife, Janan, the security forces refused to identify themselves and only following her insistence showed her the arrest warrant, which stated that the arrest was for ‘security reasons’. Meanwhile, another police group raided the Ittijah offices and confiscated the computers and other important materials.
A hearing of the case will take place today at 11:30am at the Petah Tikva Court . Ameer Makhoul will be represented by Advocate Hussein Abu Hussein, who is a member of the Board of the Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA) and the Chairperson of Ittijah.
The arrest comes following an administrative order issued on April 22 by the Israeli Interior Minister, prohibiting Makhoul from leaving the country for a period of two months…