RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- An Israeli military court in the Ofer prison sentenced 11 Palestinians to be imprisoned under administrative detention, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society reported on Monday.
Israel’s policy of administrative detention -- internment without charge or trial for three- to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence -- has been widely condemned by the international community.
Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention 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.
The orders were as follows:
1. Khalid Muhammad al-Fasfous, six months
2. Munir Naim Hamad, six months
3. Ahmad Muin Suboh, six months
4. Afif Salama Awawda, five months
5. Mahmoud Muhammad Salah, four months
6. Mahmoud Khalil Ghneim, four months
7. Mahmoud Muhannad, four months
8. Khalid Mansour Abd al-Nabi, four months
9. Ahmad Sami Warda, four months
10. Muhammad Izzat al-Khatib, three months
11. Ali Mahmoud Shawabka, three months