Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders against 35 Palestinian Detainees

RAMALLAH, October 29, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli military issued administrative detention orders against 35 Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC).

PPC stated that administrative detention – without charge or trial – was issued for the first time against 33 Palestinians, while it was renewed for other two Palestinians.

It noted that this group of Palestinians was detained without charge under the pretext of ‘secret evidence’.  PPC also noted that since the start of October, Israel has issued administrative orders against a total of 181 Palestinians, including 129 Palestinians for the first time.

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.

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 35 detainees who received administrative detention orders.