Omar Nazzal is a 54 year-old journalist who was arbitrarily imprisoned on 23 April 2016. Nazzal was
en route to attend The European Federation of Journalists conference when he was detained. In May 2016, a
Military court claimed that Nazzal posed a "security threat against the state", but
presented no evidence; the judge imposed a four month-sentence. The sentence was arbitrarily
extended on 19 August 2016. Nazzal initiated a hunger strike to protest the injustice perpetrated
Nazzal has previously spent about four years arbitrarily imprisoned, and several months under
house arrest. For many years Nazzal faced a travel ban, and even a restriction from visiting areas
in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Omar is married and has three daughters.
Number of days arbitrarily imprisoned during latest ordeal:
Percentage of his life arbitrarily imprisoned: 7.5%