Gaza, ALRAY Wa'ed Association for Prisoners and Ex-prisoners said on Sunday the number of administrative Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli prisons raised to 203 in March.
Wa’ed pointed out that Israeli courts extended the detention for more than 118 prisoners. The courts extended detention of some for the third time in a row.
This step is considered as an escalation committed by the racist Israeli occupation in response to the Palestinian prisoners’ protests against the policy of administrative detention, Wa’ed added .
The association stressed that the beginning of next April will witness a significant action by the administrative prisoners to protest again against this unjust dangerous policy. “They determine to end the policy of administrative detention, even if it leads to declare an open-ended hunger strike,” Wa’ed added.
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 this kind of detention has fluctuated throughout Israel’s occupation, and has been steadily rising since the outbreak of the second intifada in September 2000.
According to B’tselem, At the end of January 2014, 4,881 Palestinian detainees and prisoners were held in Israeli prisons, 373 of them from the Gaza Strip.