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Israel sentences 27 Palestinians to administrative detention

Dec. 18, 2016 9:39 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 18, 2016 9:39 P.M.)
(File)

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities sentenced 27 Palestinian prisoners to administrative detention sentences ranging from three to six months since Dec. 7, Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) lawyer Mahmoud al-Halabi said on Sunday.

Palestinian prisoners recently sentenced to administrative detention were identified as:

1. Omar Naji Nazzal from the Ramallah district, three-month extension

2. Muhammad Midhat Abdu from the Ramallah district, three-month extension

3. Jibril Thiyab Jeawi from the Hebron district, four months

4. Saddam Ghalib al-Sadaa from the Hebron district, four months

5. Shahir Jamil al-Hih from the Hebron district, four-month extension

6. Bassem Abd al-Razaq Said from the Ramallah district, four-month extension

7. Jamal Awni al-Adam from the Hebron district, four-month extension

8. Rami Mahmoud Birm from the Ramallah district, four-month extension

9. Salim Yousif Rujoub from the Hebron district, four-month extension

10. Yasser Ibrahim Badr Sawi from the Nablus district, four-month extension

11. Malik Awwad Ubeyat from the Jenin district, four-month extension

12. Abdullah Abd al-Hafith Yousif from the Nablus district, four-month extension

13. Muhammad Yousif Awwad from the Hebron district, four-month extension

14. Ahmad Qasim Sheikh from the Bethlehem district, four-month extension

15. Awwad Mahmoud al-Asajra from the Bethlehem district, six months

16. Ahmad Abd al-Basit Abu Rayya from the Hebron district, six months

17. Nidal Jamal Hindiya from the Ramallah district, six months

18. Sharif Muhammad Masalma from the Hebron district, six months

19. Azzan Namaan Salhab from the Hebron district, six months

20. Issam Rashid Ashqar from the Nablus district, six months

21. Hamza Ibrahim Jibril from the Bethlehem district, six-month extension

22. Muhammad Faisal Abu Sakha from the Jenin district, six-month extension

23. Rami Rizq Fadayil from the Ramallah district, six-month extension

24. Abd al-Halim Nayif Izz al-Din from the Jenin district, six-month extension

25. Silah Abdullah Zghebi from the Jenin district, six-month extension

26. Fadi Abd al-Halim Daoud from the Hebron district, six-month extension

27. Ismail Muhammad al-Amsi from the Hebron district, six-month extension

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.

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