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Israeli court sets deadline for administrative detention of Palestinian prisoner

Dec. 26, 2016 8:25 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2016 4:37 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Supreme Court on Monday decided that Palestinian prisoner Ammar Ibrahim Hamour, 28, should not remain in administrative detention -- Israel’s widely condemned policy of detention without charge or trial -- after mid June 2017.

In a statement on Monday, The Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS) quoted one of its lawyers Ahmad Safiyya as saying that the court decided that it will keep Hamour in administrative detention for four more months after he completes his current six-month administrative detention order, which will end in February 2017.

Hamour, who is being held in an Israeli detention center in the Negev of southern Israel, is from the village of Jabaa in the Jenin district of the northern occupied West Bank. Israeli authorities have issued two six-month administrative detention orders against Hamour since he was initially detained by Israeli forces on Feb. 16.

The 28-year-old began an open hunger strike last month in protest of his detention.

Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention, which allows detention for three- to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence, 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 Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons as of October, 720 of whom were being held in administrative detention.

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