Global calls to free Palestinian clown held by Israel

Circus performer Mohammed Abu Sakha has been held in administrative detention since December.

Rich Wiles | | Middle East, Palestine, Israel

Circus trainer and performer Mohammed Abu Sakha was on his way to work after a short stay with his family in Jenin when he was arrested by Israeli forces at the Zatara checkpoint in southern Nablus.

Soon after his arrest in December 2015, he was sentenced to six months of administrative detention, which allows Israel to hold prisoners indefinitely without charge or trial. More than 600 of the approximately 7,000 Palestinians currently imprisoned by Israel are administrative detainees.

The Palestinian Circus School has worked extensively to publicise Abu Sakha's case, both nationally and internationally. The story has been incorporated into public performances, while the school's international network of supporters have staged street performances and demonstrations around the world.

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