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Israeli court approves 13 administrative detention orders

Feb. 26, 2019 4:05 P.M. (Updated: March 1, 2019 2:41 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Military Court of Ofer approved administrative detention orders issued against 13 Palestinian prisoners, on Tuesday.

Palestine Prisoner's Society (PPS) said that the Israeli military court issued six-month administrative detention orders against 13 Palestinian prisoners.

PPS identified them as Wael Rabie, Noor al-Din Ahmad, Ismail Ali, Hisham Abu Saleh, Kayed Namoura, Hassan al-Zaghari, Rabhi Shahwan, Ali Abu Attiya, and Salah Badwan.

The court called for the administrative detention of Khalid Daadou, Abdel Latif Muhammad Haj, Muhammad Awad, and Saleh Abdel Harimi, PPS added.

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 5,450 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 495 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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