Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders Against 11 Palestinian Prisoners

RAMALLAH, May 3, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities Sunday issued administrative detention orders without charge or trial against 11 Palestinian prisoners, reported the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC).

PPC said that the Israeli military court of Ofer issued administrative detention orders against three prisoners for a period of six months. They were identifies as Izz Ed-din Saleh, a resident of Jenin, Ahmad Tawafsheh from Ramallah, and Nidal Zboon from Nablus.

The remaining eight prisoners received detention orders without charge or trial for a period of four months. The detainees were identified as Nour Dodeen from Hebron, Mustafa Brijieh from Bethlehem, Murad Shqiqat from Jenin, Nader Jafal from Abu Dis, Tareq Hamed from Ramallah, Izz Ed-din al-Sirfi from Nablus, Mohammed Asi from Ramallah, and Nader Taqatqa from Beit Fajjar to the south of Bethlehem.

Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts.

The use of administrative detention dates from the “emergency laws” of the British colonial era in Palestine, said the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

It stated, “Israel’s use of administrative detention violates international law; such detention is allowed only in individual circumstances that are exceptionally compelling for “imperative reasons of security.”

Israel uses administrative detention routinely as a form of collective punishment and mass detention of Palestinians, and frequently uses administrative detention when it fails to obtain confessions in interrogations of Palestinian detainees.

There are around 500 detainees serving administrative detention in several Israeli jails. Jarrar is not the only lawmaker to be imprisoned; 18 of the Palestinian Legislative Council members are currently held in Israeli detention without charge or trial.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy which violates international law.