Israeli authorities, on Monday, issued administrative detention orders against 34 Palestinian detainees, said the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS).Fourteen of the detainees received administrative detention orders for the first time, according to WAFA, whereas the remaining 20 received renewed administrative orders.

The names of the detainees are available via WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency.

There are more than 500 Palestinian prisoners being held under administrative detention, a controversial and archaic Israeli practice, dating back to the Days of British Mandate, which allows for the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial, up to six months, and can be renewed indefinitely.

Israeli officials claim the practice is an essential tool in preventing attacks and protecting sensitive intelligence, but it has been strongly criticized by the international community, as well as by both Israeli and Palestinian rights groups.

According to Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, international law stipulates that administrative detention may be exercised only in very exceptional cases. Nevertheless, Israeli authorities routinely employ administrative detention on thousands of Palestinians.

Israel uses administrative detention regularly as a form of collective punishment and mass detention of Palestinians, and frequently uses administrative detention when it fails to obtain confessions in interrogations of Palestinian detainees.

Palestinian detainees have continuously resorted to open-ended hunger strikes as a way to protest their illegal administrative detention and to demand an end to this policy, which violates international law.

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