Ashraf Abu Sneieneh, lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) confirmed Sunday that Israel issued new administrative detention orders against 13 detainees. The prisoners, being from Jenin, Ramallah, Hebron, Tubas, Qalailia and Bethlehem, were all sentenced between four and six months, WAFA news agency reports.
Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without either indictment or trial. The detention can be renewed every six month and has no upper time limit.
The use of administrative detention dates from the “emergency laws” of the British colonial era in Palestine, said the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.
According to international law, administrative detention can be used only in the most exceptional cases, as the last means available for preventing danger that cannot be thwarted by less harmful means, according to B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.
Israel uses administrative detention routinely as a form of collective punishment and mass detention of Palestinians. It’s frequently used as punishment when confessions or cooperation is not obtained in interrogations of Palestinian detainees.
According to B’Tselem there were 644 Palestinians – including 1 woman and 10 minors – that were held in administrative detention in Israel Prison Service (IPS) facilities at the end of August 2016.