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Israel issues 38 administrative detention orders

Sept. 25, 2018 12:56 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2018 1:33 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities issued 38 administrative detention orders against dozens of Palestinian detainees, held in various Israeli prisons, for periods ranging between three to six months renewable intervals.

A Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) lawyer, Mahmoud Halabi, said on Tuesday that 24 out of the 38 were first-time administrative orders or sentences issued against prisoners detained for the first time or re-detained after being released.

Meanwhile, the remaining 14 were renewed administrative detention orders or sentences.

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.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,820 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 446 are in administrative detention.

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.
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