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Israeli Occupation Issues Administrative Detention Orders Against 32 Palestinian Prisoners

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RAMALLAH, August 3, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders against 32 Palestinians, Monday reported the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC).

PPC said while three prisoners received administrative detention orders for the first time, the remaining 29 prisoners received renewed administrative orders.

Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.

Israel routinely uses administrative detention against Palestinians. Statistics show that over the years, thousands of Palestinians have been held in Israeli custody as administrative detainees for extended periods of time.

The Israel human rights group B’Tselem says that, “International law stipulates that [administrative detention] may be exercised only in very exceptional cases – and then only as a last possible resort, when there are no other means available to prevent the danger.”

“Israel’s use of administrative detention blatantly violates the restrictions of international law. Israel carries it out in a highly classified manner that denies detainees the possibility of mounting a proper defense.”

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.

Currently, there are two Palestinian prisoners on an open-ended hunger strike against Israel’s practice of administrative detention. They are identified as Mohammad Allan, an attorney from Nablus, and Abdul-Majid Kderat from Tubas in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, prisoner Khere Daraghmeh, is hunger striking against medical negligence by the Israel Prison Service.

In April 2015, the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) expressed concern by the continued and increasing use of administrative detention by Israeli authorities against Palestinians.

There are around 500 detainees serving administrative detention in several Israeli jails. 18 of the Palestinian Legislative Council members are currently held in Israeli detention without charge or trial, including the most recent arrest of Khalida Jarrar.

“The Israeli practice of administrative detention has been condemned on numerous occasions by the UN Human Rights Office and the Human Rights Committee that oversees implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Israel has ratified, said the UN News Center.

“OHCHR reiterates it call on Israel to end its practice of administrative detention and to either release without delay or to promptly charge all administrative detainees and prosecute them with all the judicial guarantees required by international human rights law,” OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said.

To be noted, in July 30, The Israeli parliament, Knesset, cast its approval on its second and third reading of a legislation allowing the force-feeding of hunger striking Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

“Force-feeding constitutes a serious violation of human rights and the right of a person to do as they wish with their body,” said the group. “International human rights groups and health organizations took a position based on ethics, morality, and science. This law asks doctors to violate a centuries-old oath,” said a statement issued by Joint List oppositionist Arab group in the Knesset.

Following are the names of the 33 detainees who received administrative detention orders:

Ra’ed Sharabati Hebron Three months
Munther Abu Atwan Hebron Four months
Imad Ismail Hebron Four months
Shaher Abu Ghalyon Hebron Four months
Ra’ed Jabari Hebron Four months
Ghassan Ibrahim Ahmad Bethlehem Four months
Mohammad Hrebat Hebron Four months
Ahmad Hremi Bethlehem Four months
Fares Masalmeh Hebron Four months
Alaeddine Jalboush Jenin Six months
Adnan Azayzeh Jenin Six months
Mohammad Fayeq Ata Ramallah Four months
Qusai Abu Allan Hebron Three months
Zaid Abu Fannar Hebron Four months
Hejazi Qawasmeh Hebron Four months
Names of Prisoners  City Sentence length
Sa’adi al-Atrash Hebron Six months
Rami al-Iwawi Hebron Six months
Izz Ed-Din Sirfi Nablus Four months
Osama Shahin Hebron Four months
Ibrahim Abu Srour Bethlehem Four months
Hirbi Ajloni Hebron Four months
Tha’er Samada’a Ramallah Six months
Mohammed Asi Ramallah Four months
Shadi Abu Ikr Bethlehem Four months
Moneer Manasra Hebron Four months
Abd al-Qader Sharawneh Hebron Four months
Rami Abu Sharkh Ramallah Six months
Rasim Til Hebron Four months
Mohammed Mimeh Jericho Six months
Mohammed Hrezat Hebron Six months
Yasir Banat Hebron Four months
Nader Taqatqa Bethlehem Four months

 

M.N./T.R.

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