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Israel sentences 50 Palestinians to imprisonment without charge or trial

July 13, 2017 10:25 P.M. (Updated: July 13, 2017 10:28 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities sentenced 50 Palestinians prisoners, including two Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members, to administrative detention -- Israel’s contentious policy of imprisonment without charge or trial -- on Thursday.

Mahmoud al-Halabi, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said that Israel had issued administrative detention sentences for Palestinian inmates for between three to six months, and included new and renewed detention orders.

Israeli authorities renewed the administrative detention of Bajis Sewiti from the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, Tamer Mustafa Abu Dayya from the Bethlehem district, Bajis Khalil Nakhla from Ramallah, and Bassem Muhammad al-Masalmeh from Hebron, to an additional three months.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities also renewed the administrative detentions of 27 prisoners for an additional four months. The imprisoned Palestinians were identified as follows:

1. Saif Allah al-Hour from Hebron

2. Abd al-Rahman Zier from Qalandiya refugee camp in Ramallah

3. Muhammad Ibrahim Yihiya from Jenin

4. Ashraf Ghassan Jibreel from Qalqiliya

5. Muhamad Sami Ghniem from Jenin

6. Muhamad Akram Taqatqa from Bethlehem

7. Ahmad Muhammad Zirba from Nablus

8. Faris Husni Shawahna from Jenin

9. Muhammad Khalil Ghniem from Bethlehem

10. Zakaria Abd al-Hameed Ewidat from Hebron

11. Mahmoud Muhamad Salah from Bethlehem

12. Yousif Naim Ghniem from Bethlehem

13. Kifah Muhamad Qizmar from Ramallah

14. PLC member Ibrahim Muhammad Dahbour from Jenin

15. Rafaat Muhsin Asfour from Ramallah

16. Al-Mutasem Mahmoud Jibreel from Hebron

17. Muhammad Ribhi Saleh from Bethlehem

18. Mahmoud Ayoub Sidr from Hebron

19. Ahmad Khalil Sheikh Ibrahim from Jericho

20. Mumin Fathi Fashafsha from Jenin

21. Murad Muhammad al-Zghari from Bethlehem

22. Jaber Abd al-Halim Nattah from Hebron

23. Mahmoud Hassan Wridan from Bethlehem

24. Nawaf Sawarka from Bethlehem

25. Hassan Yassir Karaja from Ramallah

26. Othman Rashaida from Bethlehem

27. Ayman Ahmad Abu Arab from Ramallah

Israeli authorities also renewed the detention of the following prisoners for an additions six months:

1. Salam Jarradat from Jenin

2. Muhammad Abu Tami from Jenin

3. Osaid Muhammad Muala from Nablus

4. Salem Muhammad Jahalin from Bethlehem

5. Huthaifa Fadil Yihiya from Ramallah

6. Yousif Abed Rabu Kawazba from Hebron

7. Muhammad Ahmad Shihada from Ramallah

8. Abd al-Aziz Abdullah Batran from Hebron

9. Murad Mamoun Awawda from Hebron

10. Muhammad Asaad Khalifa from Jenin

11. Shujaa Jaber Darwish from Ramallah

12. Ghassan Ibrahim Zawahra from Bethlehem

Israeli authorities also sentenced Hatim Ismael Khatib from Ramallah and Afnan Ahmad Abu Hanyeh from Anata town in the Jerusalem district to three months of administrative detention for the first time.

Tawfiq Ahmad Shalabi from Jenin was sentenced to four months in administrative detention for the first time.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities sentenced Mahmoud Muhammad Matir from Ramallah, PLC member Khalida Jarrar from Ramallah, Ibrahim Naji Kilani from Jenin, and Bahaa Hassan Abu Tabikh from Jenin to six months in administrative detention for the first time.

According to prisoners' rights group Addameer, there were 6,200 Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of May, 490 of whom were being held in administrative detention.

Israel uses administrative detention almost exclusively against Palestinians. The widely condemned Israeli policy allows for a detainee to be sentenced for up to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence.

Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention 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.

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