| 28 September 2022, Wednesday |

Arab Parliament Calls for Pressuring Israel to Halt Administrative Detentions

Arab Parliament Speaker Adel al-Asoumi has called for forcing Israel to halt its administrative detentions against Palestinians.

This came in letters he sent to the United Nations Secretary-General, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, regional parliament speakers and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Asoumi denounced Israel’s systematic violations against Palestinians through arbitrary detentions since the incidents of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the occupied East Jerusalem and the land grab in the Palestinian Negev region.

He called for compelling the Israeli occupying authorities to respect and apply the international law, especially the Fourth Geneva Convention, halt arbitrary detention policies, put an end to the suffering of Palestinian administrative detainees and release them immediately.

He further urged them to expose the occupation forces’ judicial and military practices, noting that the number of administrative detention orders amounted to 1,600 out of nearly 8,000 arrested Palestinians in 2021.

The Arab Parliament strongly condemns and rejects these practices and considers them a blatant violation of the international law, relevant UN resolutions and international conventions.

“It considers them war crimes that fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court,” the letter read.

Meanwhile, Palestinian detainees held without trial or charge in Israeli jails continued on Tuesday their boycott of Israel’s military courts for the 25th consecutive day, protesting Israel’s administrative detention policy.

In early January, the Palestinian administrative detainees took a unanimous stance to fully boycott all judicial procedures related to administrative detention, including the hearings to approve or renew the administrative detention order, as well as appeal hearings and later sessions at the Supreme Court.

The administrative law is based on the British Emergency Law of 1945, which Israel used to arrest Palestinians and imprison them without trials for various periods automatically renewed.

The administrative imprisonment relies on a file that the Israeli security services claim is confidential.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat