Israel Placed 81 Palestinians under Administrative Detention since Early March

RAMALLAH, March 24, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders against 81 Palestinian prisoners since the beginning of March, said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) on Tuesday.

PPC, in a press release, said that 15 prisoners received detention orders without charge or trial, including 13 prisoners whose sentence was renewed for numerous times, while the remaining two received new orders.

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.

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.

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.

Following are the names of the 15 detainees who received administrative detention orders:

        Names of prisoners               City               Sentence length
Iyad Salmi Qalqilia Six months
Ahmad Ikhlil Hebron Four months
Alaa Titi Hebron Four months
Ramzi al-Khatib Hebron Four months
Ahid Abu Fara Hebron Four months
Mohammed Amro Hebron Four months
Motaz Qawasmeh Bethlehem Three months
Arsalan Abu Hadid Bethlehem Three months
Ali Hamdan Bethlehem Three months
Ismail Eliyan Bethlehem Three months
Nabih Abd al-Aziz Nablus Three months
Ahmad Ra’e Qalqilia Two months
Fallah Nada Ramallah Two months