[Pnews] Israel renews administrative detention of Palestinian woman journalist, 45 others

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Fri Mar 2 11:56:11 EST 2018


  Israel renews administrative detention of Palestinian woman
  journalist, 45 others

March 2, 2018 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779903

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities on Thursday issued 46 
administrative detention orders against Palestinian detainees, including 
a female journalist, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

PPS attorney Mahmoud Halabi said on Thursday that Israeli authorities 
issued a four-month administrative detention order against Palestinian 
journalist Bushra Taweel.

Taweel, a resident of the central occupied West Bank city of al-Bireh, 
is a former prisoner. She was re-detained in November 2017 and sentenced 
to six months of administrative detention, before having her detention 
renewed this week.

According to PPS, amon the Palestinians who were issued administrative 
detention orders on Thursday, 10 of them are former prisoners who were 
re-detained. Israel uses administrative detention almost exclusively 
against Palestinians. The widely condemned Israeli policy allows for a 
detainee to be sentenced for up to six-month renewable intervals based 
on undisclosed evidence.

Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during 
administrative detention is essential for state security concerns, 
rights groups have instead claimed the policy allows Israeli authorities 
to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing 
any evidence that could justify their detentions.

Rights groups have claimed that Israel's administrative detention policy 
has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social 
processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and 
journalists.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, there were 6,279 
Palestinians in Israeli prisons as of August, with 465 being held in 
administrative detention.

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