Occupied Palestine – Over 500 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons have been boycotting Israeli Military Courts for 135 consecutive days.
Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups said this move comes in protest against Israel’s administrative detention without charges or trials.
The Palestinian detainees have been boycotting the Israeli Military Courts since January 1, 2022. The boycott includes initial hearings to uphold the administrative detention order, as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at the Supreme Court.
Under the banner, “Our decision is freedom … no to administrative detention,” the detainees said their move comes as a continuation of longstanding Palestinian efforts “to put an end to the unjust administrative detention.”
They noted that Israel’s use of this policy has expanded in recent years to include women, children and elderly people.
“Israeli military courts are an important aspect for the occupation in its system of oppression,” the detainees said.
They also described courts as a “barbaric, racist tool” that “has consumed hundreds of years from the lives of our people under the banner of administrative detention, no through nominal and fictitious courts.”
Since March 2002, the number of Palestinians in administrative detention has never fallen below 100. In 2015 alone, ‘Israel’ issued 1248 administrative detention orders.
There are now around 4,600 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including over 600 administrative detainees.
‘Israel’ issued 1,114 administrative detention orders in 2020. In 2021, it issued 1,595 administrative detention orders.
In January and February, ‘Israel’ issued 203 administrative detention orders against Palestinians. However, in March, it issued 195 administrative detention orders.
In April, however, it issued at least 154 administrative detention orders against Palestinians; 68 of them were new while the 86 others were renewals.