Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders to 22 Palestinian Prisoners

RAMALLAH, January 20, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Tuesday issued administrative detention orders to 22 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails for different periods of time, ranging between three to six months, Reported the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) on Tuesday.

PPC, in a statement, said that 17 prisoners have had their administrative detention renewed for the second and third time, while the remaining five received new orders.

Until the moment there are about 500 administrative detention detainees, 18 of whom are members of the legislative council.

Four detainees had been in administrative detention continuously for over two years.

Earlier Tuesday, a total of 12 administrative detainees, held in Israeli jails without charge or trial, decided to boycott Israeli military courts in an effort to protest their illegal detention without charge or trial.

On December 21, similar orders were issued to 33 prisoners, of whom 20 inmates had their administrative detention renewed for the second and third time.

Meanwhile on January 14, Israeli authorities renewed the administrative detention of 30 other prisoners, who have previously received a number of similar orders. Six more received new detention orders.

Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.

“In June and July 2014, over the course of Operation Brother’s Keeper, the military issued some 250 new administrative detention orders; at the end of August 2014, Israel was holding some 473 detainees in administrative detention – the highest number since April 2009. Within one year, the number of detainees had more than tripled,” UN Relief Web said.

B’Tselem, the Israeli information center for human rights stressed that, “International law stipulates that it may be exercised only in very exceptional cases – and then only as a last possible resort, when there are no other means available to prevent the danger.”

In the case of Palestinian detainees, Israel routinely uses administrative detention against Palestinians. Statistics show that over the years, thousands of Palestinians have been held in Israeli custody as administrative detainees for extended periods of time.

Following are the names of the 22 detainees who received administrative detention orders: