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Palestinian court extends detention of Palestinian-American

JERICHO, Palestinian Territory — A Palestinian court has extended the detention of a hunger-striking Palestinian-American activist who claims she was tortured in captivity.

The Jericho court on Thursday ordered that Suha Jbara, a U.S. citizen born in Panama, remain in custody 15 more days on suspicions she funded “illegal organizations.”

Jbara started a hunger strike two weeks ago to protest what she says is unjust treatment by Palestinian authorities. She appeared weak, with trouble walking, breathing and keeping her eyes open, as she entered the courtroom.

She told human rights organization Amnesty International that Palestinian authorities tortured her and forced her to sign a document admitting to charges she claims are false.

Jbara supports Islamic charities advocating for Palestinian prisoners in Israel. Palestinian authorities did not specify the illegal organizations in their charges.

The Associated Press