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Israel issues 38 administrative detention orders

March 13, 2019 11:39 A.M. (Updated: March 14, 2019 10:44 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities issued 38 administrative detention orders, on Wednesday, against a number of Palestinian prisoners held in various Israeli prisons.

Palestine Prisoner's Society (PPS) confirmed that 24 out of the 38 administrative detention orders are renewed orders, while the remaining 14 detainees received detention orders for the first time.

PPS added that the orders range from three to six months of prison.

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 5,440 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, of whom 497 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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