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Israel renews detention of Palestinian prisoner on day of scheduled release

Feb. 28, 2018 2:33 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 4:42 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities renewed the administrative detention order of Palestinian prisoner Tawfiq Ahmad al-Shalabi, 23, on Wednesday, the day he was set to be released.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that al-Shalabi, from the Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank, was detained in October 2016 and sentenced to nine-and-a-half months in prison before he was transferred to administrative detention.

His detention was then renewed for another two months-and-a-half after his original sentence was over.

He is currently being held in the Negev jail.

Israel uses administrative detention almost exclusively against Palestinians. The widely condemned Israeli policy allows for a detainee to be sentenced for up to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence.

Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have instead claimed 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 claimed that Israel's administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there were 6,119 Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of January, with 450 being held in administrative detention.

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