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Israeli court extends Palestinian teenager’s administrative detention

Aug. 7, 2017 5:58 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 8, 2017 9:59 A.M.)
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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- An Israeli military court renewed the administrative detention of 16-year-old Nour Kayid Issa, reportedly the youngest Palestinian currently imprisoned by Israel using the controversial policy, on Monday.

The Ofer court added a three-month, non-renewable extension to Issa’s sentence, setting his released for Nov. 1.

Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) lawyer Mahmoud al-Halabi said that this was Issa’s second administrative detention sentence since the resident of the central occupied West Bank village of Anata was detained on April 3.

Al-Halabi added that the Ofer court had initially ordered that Issa be released, but later ruled that he be sentenced to further administrative detention -- internment without trial or charges.

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.

Prisoners' rights group Addameer estimated that 6,128 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of July, including 320 minors and 450 prisoners held in administrative detention.
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