Israeli authorities have issued 338 administrative detention orders since the beginning of 2018, the Palestinian Center for Prisoners’ Studies said on Monday.
The center pointed out that from among the 338 orders, 222 were renewals of detentions of prisoners already held by the occupation.
However, 116 orders were issued against Palestinians detained for the first time or re-detained.
Israel’s widely condemned policy of administrative detention allows internment without charge or trial in maximum six-month long renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence that even a detainee’s lawyer is barred from viewing.
Rights groups have claimed that Israel’s detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.
According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 6,500 Palestinians are being imprisoned in Israeli jails, more than of 500 of whom are held under administrative detention.
(Source / 23.04.2018)