Israel 'renews administrative detention' for 8 prisoners
Published Tuesday 29/05/2012 (updated) 01/06/2012 18:20
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities have extended the detention of eight administrative detainees including a lawmaker, a Palestinian human rights group said Tuesday.
Osama Maqbul, lawyer for the solidarity institute for human rights, said Israeli intelligence requested that the detainees, including MP Muhammad Bader, be held for months. Bader was detained last March, the Nablus-based group stated.
Maqbul identified the other detainees as Husam Muhsen al-Ruza, Muhammad Ali Sadek Abu al-Rab, whose terms were extended for three months, and Rashad Ahmad Abdo whose detention was extended for six months.
Maqbul added that Israeli forces changed the detention status of two prisoners from Beit Ummar to administrative detention. They were identified as Muhammad Said Baaran, for six months, and Alaa Fahmi Zaakik, for four months.
Ahmad al-Bitawi, a researcher in the institute, said Israel has also renewed the administrative detention of Sheikh Falah Nada, 57, for six months. Nada is a Hamas member from Ramallah.
He also said that Israel has renewed the detention of Aziz Harun Kayed, the former under-secretary-general of the Palestinian cabinet, 10th government. Kayed is from Ramallah.
On Monday, Palestinian officials said the Egyptian-brokered deal that ended a mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has failed to meet hopes that Israel would change its policy of detention without trial.
In the two weeks since some 2,000 inmates agreed to end their hunger strike, more than 25 prisoners have either been rearrested after their release or had their six-month detention terms renewed.
The new detention figures, relating to Palestinians suspected of security offenses, are largely in line with past statistics during a two-week time frame, the officials said.
Under the deal, Israel agreed to reduce solitary confinement and increase family visits. The agreement contained no explicit mechanisms for ending detention without trial, but prisoners and negotiators believed it compelled Israel to curtail the practice and refer more cases to open courts.
"We think that the Palestinian side and the Egyptian side made the same mistake, which is leaving the Israeli side to determine what the language of the agreement means," said Mourad Jadallah, a representative of the prisoner advocacy group Addameer based in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on Monday.
Reuters contributed to this report.