Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders against 27 Palestinians

RAMALLAH, May 6, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities on Tuesday issued administrative detention orders against 27 Palestinian prisoners, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC).

PPC said that 23 prisoners received detention orders without charge or trial for the second and third times, while some were placed sporadically under administrative detention for years. The remaining four received administrative detention orders for the first time.

Under administrative detention, prisoners are held without charge or trial and and for an indefinite, renewable period of time.

The use of administrative detention dates from the “emergency laws” of the British colonial era in Palestine.

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.

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.