RAMALLAH, April 8, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders to 20 Palestinians, including member of the Palestinian Legislative Council Khalida Jarrar, Sunday reported the Palestinian Prisoner’s club (PPC).
Six of the prisoners received detention orders without charge or trial for the first time, whereas the rest had their sentences renewed for numerous times.
An Israeli court has sentenced member of the Palestinian Legislative Council Khalida Jarrar, of the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), to a six-month administrative detention, said PPC.
Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts.
The use of administrative detention dates from the “emergency laws” of the British colonial era in Palestine, said the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.
It stated, “Israel’s use of administrative detention violates international law; such detention is allowed only in individual circumstances that are exceptionally compelling for “imperative reasons of security.”
Israel uses administrative detention routinely as a form of collective punishment and mass detention of Palestinians, and frequently uses administrative detention when it fails to obtain confessions in interrogations of Palestinian detainees.
There are around 500 detainees serving administrative detention in several Israeli jails. Jarrar is not the only lawmaker to be imprisoned; 18 of the Palestinian Legislative Council members are currently held in Israeli detention without charge or trial.
Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy which violates international law.
Following are the names of the 20 detainees who received administrative detention orders:
|Names of prisoners||City||Sentence length|
|Abd al-Rahman Hammad||Jerusalem||Six months|
|Ez Ad-din Sirfi||Nablus||Four months|
|Osama Shahin||Hebron||Four months|
|Omar Barghothi||Ramallah||Two months|
|Abd al-Hamid Najajreh||Bethlehem||Four months|
|Amin Eid Batat||Hebron||Three months|
|Ammar Elyyan||Ramallah||Four months|
|Ahmad Salih||Al-Bireh||Six months|
|Ishaq at-Taweel||Hebron||Four months|
|Mohammed Obaid||Hebron||Three months|
|Ghassan Thoqan||Nablus||Three months|
|Khalida Jarrar||Ramallah||Six months|
|Ayman Tbaish||Hebron||Three months|
|Tamer Qawasmeh||Hebron||Six months|
|Mohammed Abu Ghalyeh||Jerusalem||Five months|
|Raed Shirbati||Hebron||Four months|
|Asa’ad Imam||Hebron||Four months|
|Mohammed Ayyish||Jerusalem||Four months|
|Mustafa Shawar||Hebron||Two months|
|Ahmad al-Hraimi||Bethlehem||Four months|