Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders against 24 Palestinian Detainees

RAMALLAH, November 4, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Wednesday issued administrative detention orders; without charge or trial, against 24 Palestinian detainees, including a female.

PPC lawyer, Mahmoud al-Halabi, said that administrative detention orders were issued for the first time against 15 new detainees, whereas the remaining nine received renewed orders.

Administrative detention is implemented solely on the basis of an administrative order, without either indictment or trial. Under certain circumstances, this type of detention may be lawful. However, due to the substantial injury to due process inherent in this measure, 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, said B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights information center.

Nevertheless, Israeli authorities routinely employ administrative detention. Over the years, thousands of Palestinians have been held in Israeli custody as administrative detainees for extended periods of time.

“Israel’s use of administrative detention blatantly violates the restrictions of international law. Israel carries it out in a highly classified manner that denies detainees the possibility of mounting a proper defense.”

“ Moreover, the detention has no upper time limit. Over the years, Israel has placed thousands of Palestinians in administrative detention for prolonged periods of time, without trying them, without informing them of the charges against them, and without allowing them or their counsel to examine the evidence.”

“In this way, the military judicial system ignores the right to freedom and due process, the right of defendants to state their case, and the presumption of innocence, all of which are protections clearly enshrined in both Israeli and international law,” stated B’Tselem.

It said that, “As of the end of July 2014, Israel was holding about 446 Palestinians in administrative detention.”

“Over the years, Israel has also held a few Israeli citizens in administrative detention, among them settlers. These cases are scarce and most of the detainees were held for short periods,” added the center.

“B’Tselem’s position is that the government of Israel must release all administrative detainees or prosecute them, in accordance with due process, for the offenses they allegedly committed.”

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.

Following are the names of the 24 detainees who received administrative detention orders: