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Israel issues 35 administrative detention orders against Palestinians

Jan. 31, 2017 3:48 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 31, 2017 7:26 P.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities issued 35 administrative detention orders against Palestinian prisoners, including a Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member and a journalist, between Jan. 18 and 31, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS lawyer Mahmoud al-Halabi said in a statement on Tuesday that Israel sentenced Palestinian MP Ahmad Mubarak, who was detained on Jan. 16, to six months of administrative detention -- the widely criticized Israeli policy of internment without charge or trial.

Israel also renewed the administrative detention of Palestinian journalist Nidal Abu Aker for another six months. Abu Aker was detained on Aug. 9, 2016, after he had previously spent 13 years in Israeli jails, nine of them under administrative detention.

Al-Halabi added that 12 of the orders were issued against first-time prisoners as well as former prisoners who were redetained after having been released.

The orders were issued against:

1. Ahmad Mustafa Zayid, from the district of Ramallah, three months.
2. Wissam Barakat Ashour, from the district of Hebron, three months.
3. Malik Ibrahim Hamid, from the district of Ramallah, three-month extension.
4. Yousif Shafiq Abd al-Karim, from the district of Ramallah, four months.
5. Muhammad Kamal al-Badan, from the district of Bethlehem, four months.
6. Dakhlallah Habes al-Umour, from the district of Bethlehem, four months.
7. Yaqoub Yusri Skafi, from the district of Hebron, four months.
8. Muhammad Abd al-Basit Abu Rayya, from the district of Hebron, four months.
9. Muntaser Wajih Abu Ayyash, from the district of Hebron, four months.

10. Abdullah Fadel Qassem, from the district of Jenin, four-month extension.
11. Ismail Yousif Othman, from the district of Tulkarem, four-month extension.
12. Wael Khalil Jbali, from the district of Tulkarem, four-month extension.
13. Abd al-Rahman Issa Abu Usba, from the district of Tulkarem, four-month extension.
14. Faisal Mahmoud Khalifeh, from the district of Tulkarem, four-month extension.
15. Rawhi Ghassan Marmash, from the district of Nablus, four-month extension.
16. Imad Nael Irheimi, from the district of Ramallah, four-month extension.
17. Jihad Abd al-Fattah Hmeidan, from the district of Jerusalem, four-month extension.
18. Shadi Muhammad Shihada, from the district of Bethlehem, four-month extension.
19. Karam Nasser Abd al-Rabbu, from the district of Bethlehem, four-month extension.
20. Muath Abd al-Jabir Abu Tarbush, from the district of Bethlehem, four-month extension.
21. Muhammad Kayid Imam, from the district of Hebron, four-month extension.
22. Riyad Muhammad Hroub, from the district of Hebron, four-month extension.
23. Musaab Muhammad Asfour, from the district of Hebron, four-month extension.
24. Humam Abd al-Rizq Khamayseh, from the district of Hebron, four-month extension.
25. Ahmad Mustafa Bilal, from the district of Jenin, five-month extension.
26. Mahmoud Aziz Rimawi, from the district of Ramallah, five-month extension.
27. Falah Taher Nada, from the district of Ramallah, six months.
28. Ahmad Abd al-Aziz Mubarak, from the district of Ramallah, six months.
29. Salim Hamad Jahhalin, from the district of Bethlehem, six months.
30. Abd al-Aziz Abdullah Batran, from the district of Hebron, six months.
31. Youssif Abd al-Malik Saafi, from the district of Jenin, six-month extension.

32. Tawfiq Abdullah Qandil, from the district of Jericho, six-month extension.
33. Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim, from the district of Jericho, six-month extension.
34. Nidal Narim Abu Aker, from the district of Bethlehem, six-month extension.
35. Alaa Yousif Sweiti, from the district of Hebron, six-month extension.

Israel’s policy of administrative detention allows for three to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence, under the claim that withholding of evidence is essential for state security concerns.

Rights groups have claimed that the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.

Rights groups have charged Israel with using its policy of administrative detention, which is almost exclusively used against Palestinians, as a way of eroding Palestinian democracy and family life, while enabling Israeli authorities to detain Palestinian activists and public figures for extended periods of time without evidence of any wrongdoing.

As of October, Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer reported that 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons, 720 of whom were being held in administrative detention.
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