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54 administrative detention orders issued against Palestinian prisoners since May 1

May 22, 2018 3:12 P.M. (Updated: May 22, 2018 3:12 P.M.)
(AFP/Tal Cohen, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities have issued administrative detention orders against 54 Palestinians since May 1, the Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Monday.

According to the group, among the 54 orders, 28 were issued against Palestinians who had recently been detained for the first time, or were recently re-detained.

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.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there were 6,036 Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of April, with 431 being held in administrative detention.

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