Israel orders administrative detention for 34 Palestinian prisoners

Published July 13th, 2016 - 05:30 GMT
Most of the administrative detention orders were issued against prisoners who have already spent months or years being held under Israeli administrative detention. (AFP/File)
Most of the administrative detention orders were issued against prisoners who have already spent months or years being held under Israeli administrative detention. (AFP/File)

Israeli authorities issued 34 administrative detention orders against 34 Palestinian prisoners for periods between three to six renewable months on Tuesday .

Palestinian Prisoner’s Society lawyer Mahmoud al-Halabi said in a statement that 24 of the orders were issued against prisoners who had already spent months and years in Israeli administrative detention.

Rights groups have claimed that Israel's administrative detention policy, which allows internment without trial or charges under 'undisclosed evidence', has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.
 
Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have instead claimed the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.
 
Palestinian prisoners often protest their administrative detetion orders through hunger strikes, such as Bilal Kayid, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), who has been on hunger strike for at least 28 days in protest of being placed in administrative detention by Israel on the day he was scheduled to be released from serving more than 14 years in prison.
 

Kayid was originally detained in 2002 for alleged involvement in the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades -- the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and on Sunday, sent a letter to the Israeli Prison Service proposing to end his hunger strike if Israel agreed to free him after serving four more months of administrative detention. 

Israel considers the majority of Palestinian political parties to be “terrorist organizations." As a result, most Palestinians who participate in the political arena in the occupied Palestinian territory risk being imprisoned by Israeli authorities.
 
According to Addameer, there are currently 7,000 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, 715 of whom are held under Israel’s policy of administrative detention.
 
Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.

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