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Administrative Detainees

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.

Palestinians have been subjected to administrative detention since the beginning of the Israeli Occupation in 1967 and before that time, under the British Mandate. The frequency of the use of administrative detention has fluctuated throughout Israel’s occupation, and has been steadily rising since the outbreak of the second intifada in September 2000.

On the eve of the second intifada, Israel held 12 Palestinians in administrative detention. Only two years later, in late 2002-early 2003, there were over one thousand Palestinians in administrative detention. Between 2005 and 2007, the average monthly number of Palestinian administrative detainees held by Israel remained stable at approximately 765. Since then, as the situation on the ground stabilized and violence tapered off, the number of administrative detaines has generally decreased every year.

As of 1 September 2012, there were at least 212 administrative detainees in Israeli prisons. This number included 7 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION IN NUMBERS
 
Total number of administrative detainees in Israeli custody at the beginning of the month since January 2001
(Statistics are based on reports from the Israeli Prison Service, via B’Tselem, and on Addameer documentation)
 
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
2001
16
16
15
12
12
13
10
17
-
27
31
34
2002
36
-
44
111
681
929
943
813
867
878
936
960
2003
1007
1107
1127
1140
1107
952
785
700
528
553
679
649
2004
657
628
630
644
703
747
760
751
781
-
858
863
2005
870
704
647
604
596
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2006
794
-
-
-
-
-
750
-
708
703
738
783
2007
814
788
776
790
761
730
691
651
599
578
569
546
2008
813
788
776
790
776
738
692
649
604
583
569
546
2009
564
549
540
506
500
440
392
361
335
324
291
278
2010
264
259
237
222
211
203
200
 -
 190
212
214
 207
2011 207 221 214 218 221 229 - 243 272  286  278  283
2012 310 309 320 322 308 303 285 250 212 184 156 178
2013 178 - - - - - - - - - - -
 

DETENTION CONDITIONS

Palestinians in Israeli administrative detention are now held under the jurisdiction of the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) and not the Israeli army, as was the case up to 2005. Administrative detainees in Israeli prisons are not separated from the rest of the prison population, without arrangements for food appropriate to their culture and/or religion and to allow them to practice their faiths. Prison personnel in most of the cases do not receive specific training on how to deal with administrative detainees and on international law regarding administrative detainees. Administrative detainees in Israel must endure severe restrictions on their right to education, rights to communicate with families and receive visits, and right to adequate medical treatment.

At present, administrative detainees are primarily held in three Israeli prison facilities, all but one of which is located in 1948 territory:

  1. Ofer Prison (located inside Ofer Military Base, south of Ramallah)
  2. Ketziot Prison (also known as Ansar or Negev Prison; located in the Negev Desert, five kilometers from the border with Egypt)
  3. Megiddo Prison (located inside a military base on the main Jenin-Haifa road)

 

Relevant Prisoner Profiles

General

Samer Al-Barq
Khader Adnan
Walid Hanatsheh
Ahmad al-Ewiwi
Mohammad Suleiman
Ahmad Qatamish
Ayed Dudeen
Mazen Natsheh
Arafat Daoud
Saleh al-'Arouri
Eteraf Rimawi
Ghassan Zawahreh
Salim Ayesh
Ali Jaradat
Loai Ashqar
Ismat Hassan

PLC Members

Mohammad al-Natsheh
Mahmoud al-Ramahi
Basim Za'rir
Khaled Dweib
Hatem Qafisha

Women

Linan Abu Ghulmeh
Hana Shalabi
Kifah Qatash
Raja' al-Ghoul
Majeda Fidda
Siham al-Heh

Children

Moatasem Muzher
Emad al-Ashhab
Salwa Salah
Sarah Siureh
Hamdi Tamri
Rami Shelnayeh

 

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