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Israel places Addameer coordinator under administrative detention

Sept. 24, 2018 3:27 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 26, 2018 1:26 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military court of Ofer placed a 45-year-old Palestinian detainee under administrative detention, on Monday.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners and Former Prisoners Affairs' Committee, Ayman Nasser Karajeh, 45, from the Saffa village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, was placed under administrative detention for six months.

The committee pointed out that Israeli forces detained Karajeh on September 9th 2018 and underwent several days of intense interrogation until he was sentenced to administrative detention.

Karajeh, a husband and father of four children, is the legal unit coordinator at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and had previously been sentenced to one year of administrative detention.

Administrative detention is imprisonment without trial or charge, it has no time limit and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed.

Israel utilizes this measure extensively and routinely and has used it to hold hundreds of Palestinians for lengthy periods of time.

A report by Israeli NGO B'Tselem, which was based on the Israeli Prison Service statistics, read that over the last year, 29 Palestinians were taken into administrative detention every month, on average, and 37 were released.

The report added that in the past decade, the number of detainees held by Israel in a single month never fell below 150.

Rights groups say that Israel's administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, particularly targeting Palestinian activists, journalists, and politicians.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,781 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, 456 of whom are administrative detainees.
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