500 Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons under administrative detention (without charge or trial) are continuing their open-ended boycott of Israeli military courts for the 68th consecutive day.
The detainees staged the strike in protest of their illegal detention, as well as due to the increasing use of administrative detention orders by Israeli authorities.
According to a statement issued by the detainees on February 15, said: âThe core of resisting administrative detention policy comes from boycotting this Israeli legal system.â
âThe Israeli judicial system is always trying to beautify the face of the occupation, which continues turning Palestinian prisoners to arbitrary administrative detainees,â the statement said, stressing that all the Israeli courts, including the High Court, adopt the recommendations of the Israeli intelligence agencies.
âWe put our faith and trust in our people, their power and institutions, and in the civil society which will not leave us alone in this fight.â
The policy of administrative detention allows detention of Palestinian detainees without charge or trial for renewable intervals, usually ranging between three and six months, based on undisclosed evidence that even a detaineeâs lawyer is barred from viewing.
Rights groups say, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that the Israeli occupationâs administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists and journalists.