Occupied Palestine – Around 490 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons continue to boycott Israeli Military Courts for the 76th day in a row.
Palestinian prisoner advocacy groups said this move came 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.
“Our Decision is Freedom … No to Administrative Detention”
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.”
This tool “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 4,400 Palestinians in Israeli prisons, including around 490 administrative detainees.
‘Israel’ issued 1,114 administrative detention orders in 2020.
In 2021, however, ‘Israel’ issued 1,595 administrative detention orders against the Palestinians.
In January 2022, ‘Israel’ issued 96 administrative detention orders while 107 in February.
Since the start of 2022 till the end of February, ‘Israel’ has issued 203 administrative detention orders against Palestinians.