BETHLEHEM Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners being held in
Israeli prisons under administrative detention Israels widely
condemned policy of detention without charge or trial launched an
open-ended boycott of Israeli courts on Thursday.
The 450 administrative detainees released a joint statement
announcing the boycott, saying the core of resisting administrative
detention policy comes from boycotting this Israeli legal
We 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, the statement said, adding that this is a
national patriotic act that should not be violated by any
individual or institution.
The prisoners also called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to
make a submission to international criminal court on the issue of
administrative detention as soon as possible.
Administrative detention allows for a detainee to be sentenced
for up to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed
evidence. The practice is used almost exclusively against
Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during
administrative detention is essential for state security
Rights groups, however, have disputed these claims, saying
instead that the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold
Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any
evidence to justify their imprisonment.
According to rights groups, the policy has been used as an
attempt to disrupt Palestinian political and social processes,
notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and
Charade of Justice
Among the 450 administrative detainees are three women, one
minor, and seven politicians, with two more expected to receive
administrative detention orders, according to Dawoud Yusef,
advocacy coordinator for prisoners rights group Addameer.
Yusef told Mondoweiss that from the get go, the boycott
has had the support of lawyers from organizations like Addameer,
with other organizations expected to follow suit.
Essentially, lawyers and clients will simply stop turning up to
their slated hearings. If the occupations forces clients to attend
by force, they will simply remain silent and not participate at
all, Yusef told Mondoweiss.
The goal of the boycott, according to Yusef, is twofold:
Firstly, the prisoners are seeking to end completely the
utilisation of this policy. Not only is the Israeli practice in
violation of international law, it constitutes cruel and unusual
Secondly, the prisoners want to make clear the arbitrary nature
of this process. The whole machine will keep spinning, with...