Palestinian detainees, held under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders in Ofer and Majeddo Israeli detention camps, are still boycotting Israeli military courts, for the fourteenth consecutive day, demanding basic rights.
The detainees are protesting the sharp increase of Administrative Detention orders, holing them captive without charges or trial, in addition to constant violations against them.
They are also calling on the International Community to intervene, and present the Israeli violations to the International Criminal Court.
In a statement, the detainees declared that boycotting Israel’s military courts is the first step in their protest, which will likely escalate, and added that they started boycotting the military courts on February 15th.
Israel holds Administrative Detainees captive for months, and years in many cases, without filing charges against them, under the pretext of having “secret files against them,” files that even their defense lawyers do not have access to.
It is worth monitoring that Israel issued 1248 Administrative Detention orders in the year 2015, 1742 in 2016, and 1060 in 2017.
In administrative detention, a person is held without trial without having committed an offense, on the grounds that he or she plans to break the law in the future.
As this measure is supposed to be preventive, it has no time limit. The person is detained without legal proceedings, by order of the regional military commander, based on classified evidence that is not revealed to them.
Read More About Administrative Detention – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem)
This leaves the detainees helpless – facing unknown allegations with no way to disprove them, not knowing when they will be released, and without being charged, tried or convicted.