Palestinian activist Mariam Abou Daqqa was arrested during the night of Wednesday to Thursday, November 9 in Paris, a few hours after the validation of her expulsion by the Council of State, AFP learned from police sources and her lawyer.
The activist was arrested in the 13th arrondissement. She was placed under the regime of “administrative detention”, her lawyer, Julie Gonidec, told AFP. Mariam Abou Daqqa will now be placed under house arrest or placed in a detention center, the lawyer said. “And we will contest,” she added.
According to Me Gonidec, Mariam Abou Daqqa had a “return ticket” reserved for November 11 to go to Egypt. She then had to “return to her home and her family in Gaza”, added the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) in a press release, denouncing “relentlessness” from the French state.
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The Council of State gave the green light on Wednesday to the expulsion of the activist from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a radical left-wing organization described as “terrorist” by Israel and the European Union. The highest French administrative court thus overturned a decision of the Paris administrative court which had suspended the expulsion order issued by the Ministry of the Interior against him.
Mariam Abou Daqqa, 72, had obtained a 50-day visa in Jerusalem at the beginning of August to go to France where she was to participate in various conferences on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Arriving in September, she gave two conferences despite the ban on them and demonstrated for the release of PFLP activist Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987 for the assassination of American and Israeli diplomats.