Israeli court extends detention of Palestinian-Italian Khaled El Qaisi

An Israeli court extended the detention by 11 days of Palestinian-Italian citizen Khaled El Qiaisi on Thursday, September 21. El Qaisi was detained on August 31 at the Allenby Bridge crossing on his way back to Italy with his family.

An Israeli court extended the detention without charge of Palestinian-Italian researcher Khaled El Qiaisi on Thursday, 21 September.

El Qaisi was detained on 31 August at the Allenby crossing as he, his wife and their child attempted to exit the occupied West Bank. He has been held in different prisons including Petah Tikva ever since without charge.

According to a statement shared by his wife, Francesca Antinucci, an Italian citizen, the prosecution would have to press charges after the 11-day detention had expired.

The lawyer defending El Qaisi has refused to talk to the press, stating there is a “gag order” by Israeli authorities on the case. 

El Qaisi is a student in the Department of Oriental Languages and Civilizations at Sapienza University of Rome. He is also a founding member of the Palestinian Documentation Center and an activist in the “Giovani Palestinesi” group. 

Khaled, his wife Francesca and their son were on a family trip to Bethlehem to register their marriage and the birth of their child in the Palestinian Authority registry office to obtain the right to family reunification.