Imprisonment without trial


By suzanna
February 17, 2012
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B'Tselem, the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, noted that according to figures received from the Israel Prison Service, the number of Palestinian administrative detainees being held in Israel increased from 219 in January 2011, to 307 in December. In a press release published on its website, B'Tselem also noted that, "At the end of 2011, Israel was holding one minor in administrative detention."

"Twenty-nine per cent of the detainees had been held for six months to one year; another 24 per cent from one to two years. Seventeen Palestinians had been in administrative detention continuously for two to four and a half years, and one man has been held for over five years."

The organization stated that 2011, "marks the first time since 2008 that there was an increase in the number of administrative detainees after the number had fallen from 813 in January 2008, to 204 in December 2010."

"Administrative detention is detention without trial, intended to prevent a person from committing an act that is liable to endanger public safety. ... [Un]like a criminal proceeding, administrative detention is not intended to punish a person for an offense already committed, but to prevent a future danger. The manner in which Israel uses administrative detention is patently illegal. Administrative detainees are not told the reason for their detention or the specific allegations against them. Although detainees are brought before a judge to approve the detention order, most of the material submitted by the prosecution is classified and not shown to the detainee or his attorney. Since the detainees do not know the evidence against them, they are unable to refute it," B'Tselem further stated.

The organization's website also pointed out that the detainees also do not know when they will be released, although each detention order is specified for a year and a half maximum, but detention orders can be renewed indefinitely.

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Harvey

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:09

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During the intifada several years ago , not a single week went by without a Palestinian immolating himself and as many Israelis as he could actively seek out in buses , shopping malls , restaurants , clubs etc . These homicide bombings left Israel traumatised , not just by the loss of their citizens but by the realization that they lived among a people who had reached such a depth of savagery , depravity and barbarism that any future reapproacment would be futile .
My question to you Suzanna is this . You appear a person of considerable moral conscience . When Israelis were forensically searching for the eviscerated remains of their children from trees and buildings , was your sense of moral outrage so great as to prompt you to write a comment or blog in order to express this outrage in the same way that causes you to comment as above .
If as I suspect this faux concern is selective , ie it applies to the Palestinians and in this case the incarceration of several hundred on suspicion of attempting to commit acts of terror , then I can only say your humanitarian efforts are somewhat hollow in which case why are you posting here and not with your fellow "humanitarians " on a more appropriate site .
I apologise if this is not the case and no doubt you will be able to go back and retrieve something you have written and can link in order to prove me wrong .
I look forward to being proven wrong .


suzanna

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:23

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But why would a so called 'democracy' imprison people without telling them why they have been abducted? Or without providing any evidence or any access to representation?


suzanna

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:25

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Also the Intifada was more than 'several years ago' so why does Israel still persecute and abduct Palestinians. (Not to mention all the other horrors it perpetrates against Palestinians?)


suzanna

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:32

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Apart from the intended rascism in the statement, that the Palestinians had reached a 'depth of savagery , depravity and barbarism that any future reapproacment would be futile' you fail to ask why they had reached a state of total despair.
Because they had suffered a Nakba?
Because their land had been stolen from them?
Because they were routinely subjected to lies, duplicity, missile attacks, demolitions, beatings, land grabs?

Come on.


Advis3r

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:37

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@susanna - May I suggest you read B'tselem's policy statement part of which reads

While B'Tselem reports on some of the least attractive aspects of Israeli policy, in doing so we highlight some of the best aspects of Israeli society. B'Tselem is part of Israel's vibrant, civil society, working in spite of the difficult security situation to improve our society from within. We are proud to represent this part of Israel to a world which is all too often unaware of it.

The Intifada may have stopped but attacks on Israelis have not ceased.


suzanna

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:41

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And neither have the far more deadly and more numerous attacks on Palestinians stopped.

(anyway, I thought B'tselem were traitors to you? And they soon will be under the current regime in Israel)


Advis3r

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:49

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suzanna the Naqba as you call it was self inflicted. The UN 1947 partition Plan called for two states the Jews accepted it and the Arabs rejected it and nor after over 60 years of bloodshed Mohammed Abbas has the chutzpa to say that maybe we should have accepted the 1947 Partition Plan.
The only reason there is despair is because the Palestinian leaders are incapable of negotiating a peace deal - since like Sadat they fear that anyone actually concluding an agreement which recognises the State of Israel and its right to exist as the State of the Jewish people has not long on this earth.
Please save us from the demonstrably unfounded claims of stealing land etc. The other emotive claims you make I would add, totally out of context, belong as RRZ would say in the Beano/Dandy - you are advancing meaningful dialogue not one jot.
Like most Israelis as soon as I see that kind of language I just turn off since it is pointless having a discussion with someone who comes to the table spouting the worst kind of propaganda.


Advis3r

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:51

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As I said even a stopped clock is right twice in 24 hours. B'stelem are not traitors - they are on occasion however misguided and plainly wrong but no one is perfect.


Harvey

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:05

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Suzanna
I understand your angst .
However in order to provide some sort of balance in your undoubted humanitarian approach
I ask again , where is the evidence that you have previously condemned Palestinian atrocity . A post or comment here will suffice . Just google Suzanna condemns Palestinian murder and carnage . I must admit I tried but failed . Perhaps I typed the wrong words into google .
Years ago I remember going to an ISM film and Q+A that followed . In their mission statement ISM depicted themselves as an apolitical humanitarian organisation .I asked whether as apolitical humanitarians they had considered placing volunteers inside Israeli shopping centers and Jerusalem buses in the interests of balance .
There was no answer just a lot of shushing and whispers of Zionist .
Two of their goons escorted me out .
I only mention this as your failure to express a nuanced, balanced humanitarian approach is remarkably similar .


Advis3r

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 14:33

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"And neither have the far more deadly and more numerous attacks on Palestinians stopped."

Why do you consider it necessary to make highly emotive and out of context claims which are in reality baseless sound bites for which you will have extreme difficulty providing evidence?

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