02 March 2011
Majeda Fidda, a member of Nablus municipality council, was arrested by Israeli soldiers on 6 August 2008. She was acquitted of all charges against her on 31 December 2008, but instead of being released, she was placed in administrative detention for over a year. She was finally released on 25 January 2010.
Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold detainees indefinitely on secret evidence without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. In the occupied Palestinian West Bank, the Israeli army is authorized to issue administrative detention orders to detain an individual for up to six-month renewable periods if they have "reasonable grounds to presume that the security of the area or public security require the detention." On or just before the expiry date, the detention order is frequently renewed. This process can be continued indefinitely.