Ramallah, ALRA Y- Israeli court in Ofer Prison renewed the administrative detention of Palestinian prisoners Jamal al-Taweel for another five months and Mohammed al-Najar for four months.
Al-Taweel and al-Najjar had been administratively arrested several times for several years in Israeli jails.
Al-Taweel has been in administrative detention without trial since 31 October 2013, while al-Najjar has been in administrative detention since 23 April 2014 and without trial.
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 detainees 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.