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Israel renews '85 percent' of administrative detention orders

Aug. 28, 2015 5:21 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 29, 2015 11:37 A.M.)
A Palestinian being detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. (AFP/File)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities have renewed the administrative detention of 85 percent of Palestinians detainees held under the policy, a prisoner rights group said Friday.

The Prisoners' Center for Studies said that at least 75 of the 480 Palestinians held under the detention without trial policy have had their sentences -- which range from two to six months -- renewed four times in a row.

The detention of 135 detainees has been renewed three times in a row while 190 Palestinians have had their sentences renewed twice, the center added.

Israeli military courts have issued 726 administrative detention orders in 2015 alone, including first time sentences and renewals, the group said, over 340 of which were issued to Palestinians from the Hebron district in the occupied West Bank.

Riyad al-Ashqar, a spokesperson of the Prisoners’ Center for Studies, said Israel is keeping Palestinians as political hostages through the policy of administrative detention.

Most detainees held under the policy, which dates back to the British Mandate, are held on secret evidence and are not aware of the reason for their detention, which can be renewed indefinitely in six-month periods.

In 2012, over 2,000 Palestinian prisoners went on hunger strike to protest administrative detention, one of the only means available to Palestinians to challenge the policy.

Last week, Palestinian detainee Muhammad Allan ended a two-month hunger strike which he began to protest his detention without trial. An Israeli court ruled to lift his administrative detention due to his deteriorating health.

While administrative detention is legal under international law in exceptional circumstances, the international community and rights organizations have condemned excessive use of the practice by Israel.
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Colin Wright / USA
Israel needs such policies if she is to rule without moral legitimacy. Since she can never acquire moral legitimacy, she will never be able to dispense with these policies.
29/08/2015 11:44
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