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Israel issues administrative detention orders against 47 Palestinians, 1 lawmaker

Aug. 1, 2017 6:48 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 1, 2017 8:01 P.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities recently issued administrative detention orders against 47 Palestinians, including a lawmaker, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS lawyer Mahmoud al-Halabi told a group of reporters on Tuesday that among the 47 Palestinians that received administrative detention orders -- the Israeli policy of internment without charge or trial -- was Hamas-affiliated lawmaker Hassan Yousif.

Yousif, who has served a total of approximately 18 years in Israeli custody, has been been in Israeli prison without trial or indictment since October, 20, 2015, and on Tuesday, was sentenced to three more months of administrative detention.

Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows internment without charge or trial in maximum six-month long renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.

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

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, as of May, 6,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons, 490 of whom are under administrative detention.

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