Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders to 26 Palestinian Detainees

RAMALLAH, February 22, 2015 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) Sunday said that the Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders against 26 Palestinian prisoners.

PPC, in a statement, said that 24 prisoners had their administrative detention renewed for the third and fourth times, including some who have served years under administrative detention, for either continuous or interval periods.

The remaining two received new detention orders without charge or trial. The period of the detention varied between two to six months.

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.

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.

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails announced Sunday their intentions to embark on a hunger strike on the 10th of March to protest the prison administrations’ violations of their rights and to get them to respond to their demands, including ending the administrative detention against them.

Following are the names of the 26 detainees who received administrative detention orders: