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: â€śThe core of resisting administrative detention policy comes from boycotting this Israeli legal system.â€ť
â€śThe Israeli judicial system is always trying to beautify the face of the occupation, which continues turning Palestinian prisoners to arbitrary administrative detainees,â€ť the statement said, stressing that all the Israeli courts, including the High Court, adopt the recommendations of the Israeli intelligence agencies.
â€śWe 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€ť
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 detaineeâ€™s lawyer is barred from viewing.
Rights groups say, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, that the Israeli occupationâ€™s administrative detention policy has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists and journalists.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.