Israel’s Ofer military court, near Ramallah, on Wednesday, extended the administrative detention of 23 Palestinian prisoners, according to Ma’an News Agency.
The extensions ranged from two to six months, with nine of the prisoners having their sentence prolonged for 6 more months.
A prisoner held under administrative detention has not been charged or had a trial, and Israel can extend detentions indefinitely, if it chooses.
Addameer prisoner’s rights group stated that 465 Palestinian prisoners are being held in Israeli prisons without charge or trial.
Administrative detention is often employed by Israel to disrupt the Palestinian political processes, as Israel targets Palestinian politicians, journalists and activists with the procedure. This would suggest that Israel applies administrative detention only to Palestinians, according to rights groups,