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Israeli court sentences PLO member to administrative detention

Nov. 27, 2018 10:20 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 28, 2018 4:47 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military court of Ofer sentenced Ahmad Atoun, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLO) from Jerusalem, to four months under administrative detention, on Monday.

Last week, Atoun was detained by Israeli forces from his family home in al-Bireh village, in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah and al-Bireh.

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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