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Israeli occupation has issued 60,000 administrative detention orders since 1967

The Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies monitored 60,000 administrative detention decisions issued by the Israeli occupation since 1967, and used them as a tool of collective punishment against the Palestinians.

The center said in a report today, Saturday, that the occupation is escalating the resort to the use of administrative detention; As a weapon to confront popular donations and uprisings, and the escalation of resistance operations, pointing out that “this policy has not stopped since the beginning of the occupation.”

It explained that the graph of administrative detention took a zigzag shape. During the first years of occupation, it recorded a remarkable increase, and after a decade it began to gradually decrease until the year 1980 almost reached zero point. However, soon the occupation returned in 1985 to impose administrative detention, and resorted to activating many decisions that facilitate his widespread use.

The center added that the occupation, with the start of the first intifada in 1987, escalated the application of administrative detention, so that there was a noticeable increase in the number of administrative detainees.

It continued, “After the 1994 Oslo Accords, the pace of this type of detention decreased, and decreased significantly until the number of administrative detainees reached only seven, at the beginning of the year 2000.”

Also, it stated, “With the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000, this unjust policy resurfaced again, and the issuance of administrative orders by the mock occupation courts increased, sometimes reaching hundreds of decisions per month, between new and renewal.”

The center added that the number of administrators increased in the first years of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, then decreased again, as it witnessed a decline during the years following 2008, until it reached about 150 prisoners only at the end of 2013.

Then the number of administrators rose again in 2014, reaching nearly 350 prisoners, which prompted the prisoners in that year to go on a collective strike that lasted 62 consecutive days.

The center stressed that after the outbreak of the “Al-Aqsa uprising” in October of the year 2015, the occupation escalated the issuance of administrative detention orders again, and the average of administrative orders per month reached more than a thousand decisions, and the period of detention ranged between three months and three years, In 2017, it reached more than 1,700 administrative decisions.

The number of Palestinian prisoners in the occupation prisons is about 4,900, including 34 female prisoners, according to institutions concerned with prisoners’ affairs. While the number of prisoners who were sentenced to life imprisonment reached 559.

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