Israel Places Nine Palestinians under Administrative Detention

RAMALLAH, February 1, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli Ofer military court Sunday issued administrative detention orders for nine prisoners, said the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC).

PPC Lawyer, Mahmoud Halabi, said that the Israeli Ofer court sentenced Yasin Abu Lafah, Kayed Abu Rish, and Mohammed Obaid to six months under administrative detention; without charge or trial.

Meanwhile, the remaining six received administrative detention orders for three to four months. They were identified as Mohammed Asi, Suhaib Mre’e, Mahmoud Ayyash, Omar Talahmeh, Osama Shalabi, Tha’er Abu Aliya.

Some of the nine prisoners had their administrative detention renewed multiple times.

According to the Palestine Red Crescent Society, “Approximately 360 Palestinians are currently placed under administrative detention, distributed in various Israeli detention centers.”

“Administrative detention, usually described as preventative detention or internment, entails the imprisonment of individuals, without charge or trial, initially for a period up to six months but possibly renewable indefinitely.”

It said that many prisoners had their administrative detention renewed in the last few hours of duration of the detention, in few cases detainees were rearrested again immediately after their release and even before they could reach their homes and meet their families, as the cases of Raed Tawalbeh, Fadel Hamoudehand Abedul Hadi Taha.’

It stressed that, “Human rights law, in particular the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 (Articles 10 and 11) and the International Covenant for Political and Civil Rights (Articles 9 and 14) guarantee the right of a detainee to a fair trial and subject his detention on a real legal review and procedures that ensure the prevention of arbitrary detention.”

The Red Crescent affirmed the Israeli application of administrative detention does not abide by the real requirements of rules of justice and due process.

“In brief, the Israeli occupying Power does not use administrative detention inconformity with human rights law and international humanitarian law which regulates and governs the conduct of the occupier in the occupied territory.”

Israel’s use of administrative detention constitutes an illegal measure that requires prompt and effective actions by international community of states and international human rights organizations and other concerned entities to stop it.