Palestinian journalists run for cover from tear gas canisters fired by Israeli forces during a demonstration in support of Palestinian journalists on the occasion of the World Press Freedom day outside the compound of the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank, on May 3, 2016 . (AFP photo)
The Israeli military has placed more than three dozen Palestinians under administrative detention, sending them to prison without charge or trial.
Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said Wednesday that 10 detainees were placed under administrative detention for the first time, while the orders were extended for 27 others.
Among the detainees was MP Abdol Jaber al-Foghaha, a member of the Palestine
Legislative Council (PLC).
The MP has previously spent seven years in Israeli jails.
Israeli officials also issued a new one-year extension to the detention of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy.
Under administrative detention, Israel keeps prisoners in custody without charge or trial for up to six months, a period which can be extended indefinitely by Israeli military courts.
In most cases, the detainees are simply informed that there is “secret evidence” against them and that they are being held for “security reasons.”
Some 750 Palestinians are currently held in administrative detention, many of them are journalists.