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Israeli court sentences 18 Palestinians to imprisonment without charge or trial

Sept. 7, 2017 2:30 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 11, 2017 3:22 P.M.)
(File)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities sentenced 18 Palestinians to administrative detention -- imprisonment without charge or trial-- at Israel’s Ofer military court on Thursday.

According to a statement released by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), all of the prisoners received detention orders for between three to six months, which can be renewed by Israeli authorities after their completion.

PPS reported that 10 Palestinian prisoners were ordered to administrative detention for four months. PPS identified the Palestinians as follows:
1. Mahmoud Ali Saada
2. Sadi Muhammad Khdirat
3. Mousa Ahmad Balbul
4. Jihad Wadah Qutab
5. Hamza Jabir Kawazba
6. Ayman Muhammad Abu Ebied
7. Yazan Waleed Ayyash
8. Azzam Hassan Rabi
9. Nour al-Din al-Talahma
10. Jamal Musalamani

Six prisoners were sentenced to administrative detention for six months, identified by PPS as follows:
1. Murad Maamoun Awawda
2. Taimor Hisham Barghouthi
3. Nour al-Din al-Qadi
4. Abd al-Nasser Rabi
5. Muhamad Omar Qanna
6. Tamer Abd al-Karim al-Haj Ali

Israeli authorities also issued three-month sentences for Yousif Muhammad al-Haq and Mahmoud Abd al-Latif Deik.

Prisoners’ rights group Addameer considers administrative detention, which allows Israeli authorities to imprison someone without disclosing any evidence against them, to be a form of “arbitrary detention” and “psychological torture.”

Palestinians could develop a variety of psychological disorders owing to the controversial policy, the group said, including long-term depression and chronic anxiety.

Rights groups and activists have long pointed out that Israel’s use of administrative detention has been used as a tool by Israel to detain Palestinians without justification. The policy is almost exclusively used against Palestinians.

According to Addameer, 6,279 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel as of August, 465 of whom were administrative detainees. The group has estimated that some 40 percent of Palestinian men will be detained by Israel at some point in their lives.
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