Israeli-court-confirms-administrative-detention-for-11-Palestinian-prisonersAn Israeli military court at the Ofer detention center in the central occupied West Bank confirmed the administrative detention sentences of 11 Palestinian prisoners on Thursday. Palestinian prisoners recently sentenced to administrative detention were identified as:1. Aziz Wael Erhemi, six months2. Suleiman Khalid Nassar, six months3. Mahmoud Imad Shweika, six months4. Bilal Hassan Mansour, six months5. Ubeida Adnan al-Barghouthi, six months 6. Ahmad Khamis Abu Aadi, four months7. Rida Jamal Habayba, four months8. Al-Muntasir Billah Eid, four months9. Tariq Muhammad al-Herimi, four months10. Tamer Abd al-Ghani Sabaana, three months11. Ali Ishaq al-Jamal, two months.

Israel’s policy of administrative detention — internment without charge or trial for three to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence — has been widely condemned by the international community.

Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have claimed that 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 charged Israel with using its policy of administrative detention, which is almost exclusively used against Palestinians, as a way of eroding Palestinian democracy and family life, while enabling Israeli authorities to detain Palestinian activists and public figures for extended periods of time without evidence of any wrongdoing.