DAYS OF PALESTINE – Israel issued more than 8700 administrative detention orders against Palestinian activists, whether they were social, political or academic, since 2015, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) reported.
It said the orders affected all sectors of the Palestinian society including children, women and elderly.
PPS added that there are more than 500 Palestinians held in administrative detention in Israeli prisons without charge or trial.
PPS said 1,742 administrative detention orders were issued in 2016 alone, the largest number.
PPS reported that the administrative detainees have fought hard over the years against this cruel, illegal, and internationally-denounced policy, including long hunger strikes until they regained their freedom.
PPS said that 400 Palestinian detainees have gone on hunger strike in protest against their prolonged administrative detention.
The 500 current detainees have been boycotting Israeli courts for the 64th day in a row to protest the courts’ blind support of this policy.
The Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem described this policy as such “Administrative detention is incarceration without trial or charge, alleging that a person plans to commit a future offense. It has no time limit, and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed. Israel employs this measure extensively and routinely, and has used it to hold thousands of Palestinians for lengthy periods of time. While detention orders are formally reviewed, this is merely a semblance of judicial oversight, as detainees cannot reasonably mount a defense against undisclosed allegations. Nevertheless, courts uphold the vast majority of orders.”