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Israeli court upholds administrative detention of 23 Palestinians

Nov. 21, 2018 2:47 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 26, 2018 4:25 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military court at Ofer, near the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, upheld the administrative detention of 23 Palestinian prisoners, on Wednesday.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), nine prisoners from various towns in the West Bank received detention orders for six months, 11 for four months, two for three months and one for two months.

Administrative detention is when a prisoner is held without charge or trial and could be held indefinitely. Israel applies it only against Palestinians.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,580 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 465 are in administrative detention, 52 are female prisoners, 250 are children, and 35 of the children are under the age of 16.

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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