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Israel issues 35 administrative detention orders against Palestinians

Israeli security forces take into custody a Palestinian protester during a demonstration demanding Israel return the Palestinian bodies killed by Israeli forces, in Bethlehem, West Bank on January 26, 2017 (İssam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )
Israeli security forces take into custody a Palestinian protester during a demonstration demanding Israel return the Palestinian bodies killed by Israeli forces, in Bethlehem, West Bank on January 26, 2017 (İssam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )

Israeli authorities issued 35 administrative detention orders against Palestinian prisoners between 18-31 January, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

Administrative detention

    is the arrest and detention of individuals without trial. Palestinians held in this way are not told why they are being held or what evidence is being used against them.

PPS lawyer Mahmoud Al-Halabi said in a statement today that Israel sentenced Palestinian MP Ahmad Mubarak, who was detained on 16 January, to six months of administrative detention.

Israel also renewed the administrative detention of Palestinian journalist Nidal Abu Aker for another six months. Abu Aker was detained on 9 August 2016 after he had previously spent 13 years in Israeli jails, nine of them under administrative detention.

Al-Halabi added that 12 of the orders were issued against first-time prisoners as well as former prisoners who were detained after having been released.

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