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Israel issues 36 administrative detention orders

Aug. 26, 2018 2:20 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 31, 2018 10:37 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities issued 36 administrative detention orders on Sunday against a number of Palestinian detainees held in various Israeli prisons for periods ranging between three to six months.

Mahmmud Halabi, lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoner's Society (PPS), said on Sunday that 10 out of 36 detainees received administrative detention orders for the first time, while the remaining 26 Palestinians received renewed administrative detention orders.

Halabi confirmed that most of these detainees are placed in prisons by Israeli authorities without a charge or trial.

Administrative detention is imprisonment without trial or charge, it has no time limit, and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed. Israel utilizes this measure extensively and routinely, and has used it to hold hundreds of Palestinians for lengthy periods of time.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there are 5,820 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 446 are in administrative detention.

A report by Israeli NGO B'Tselem, which was based on the Israeli Prison Service statistics, read that over the last year, 29 Palestinians were taken into administrative detention every month, on average, and 37 were released.

The report added that in the past decade, the number of detainees held by Israel in a single month never fell below 150.

Rights groups say that Israel's administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, particularly targeting Palestinian activists, journalists, and politicians.

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